Any suggestions where to buy a good quality, properly machined rear axle shaft these days?
Given your location I would say Lang's. Or find a good original.
I bought a pair of the new ones through Lang's, and they look like very good quality. I've driven for two years on them, in a heavy Fordor.
Must be typical that the passenger side of the outer axle shaft gets worn at the bearing area due to all the pot holes on the edges of the roads. Only one shaft is worn enough to be concerned, but since I have the rear opened up I'm assuming I should replace both at the same time.
Anyone have a couple of clean original rear axle shafts with gears to sell cheap?
I saw an earlier post about some shafts from Langs that were not machined properly for the gear and the hub keyways. That's why I asked.
I think all of them come from Chaffins regardless of who sells them at the retail level. I've used the reproduction axles and not had a problem. The reproduction drive shafts are (or at least recently have been) trouble.
Thanks all ... I'll go for the reproduction axles then. Next step ... removing the gears from the old axles. :-)
If you are seeing excessive wear on only one side, I check that housing for being bent.
I've just installed two new rear axles in my 25 rebuild. I used .500 Hyatt wheel bearings and .498/.499 inner bearings along with the newer hardened sleeves. Everything went together as it should. I had a machine shop do the press work to install the axle gears..with no problems reported. The axle shafts and hardened sleeves were purchased through Lang"s
As for a driveshaft, if you need one, order it from Fun projects. In my opinion it's the best reproduction driveshaft on the market because everything will fit as it's supposed to. I used a NOS universal joint, it slipped on with a perfect fit, and the pin lining up perfectly.
Be sure to measure the shaft where the gear goes ,[compare to original], I had one i forced the gear on, the shaft bent,scraped the shaft ruined the gear,it was not machined properly,
lost good gear
no fun , Happy new year
I agree on the drive shaft. John griped for years about the repops being wrong, so he got the Ford drawings and started making correct ones. I'd get it directly from him to avoid possibly getting one of the bum ones.