I know this may not seem like much to some, but to me this is a milestone. Today I finally got the gears pressed on the axles. It took me 3 hours to do 1/2 of one then the light bulb went off and I removed the gear 1/2 way on and started over. The axles measured 1.062 and the gears measured 1.062 also so it should have been easy. My brain made it hard. A little Emory cloth on all surfaces and 7 tons from my little press and I was done in minutes.
For me this is a milestone because of the disease in my brain most days I can't remember names or faces. Tomorrow I probably won't be as excited or remember how I did it but today was a good day.
I just felt like crowing. I apologize if offence taken by anyone.
It is one of those things that can bring a lot of satisfaction when things go right. Thanks for reminding us how much fun it can be. Sometimes we don't stop to enjoy our successes.
Congratulations! If, upon assembly, it turns out that there isn't enough space between the inside ends of the axles to fit the thrust shim, it means that the gears aren't pressed all the way down to fully capture the locking rings. Another trip to the press with more force will fix the problem.
Don't ask me how I know....
James thanks for sharing. Brings back memories of times when I had those little victories that I figured out on my own and how much satisfaction one gets. Hopefully there will be many more.
Never hurts to crow. Gives incentive to the rest of us. Keep it up.
Well being I suffered a TMI and other injury's 11 years ago, I understand 100% how it feels overcoming a stump on a project. I have to relearn alot of the things I do each time as I can't remember details sometimes. So I keep videos,pictures and sometimes i ask what some may think is stupid questions here.
I have redone 2 rear axles and the first 1 I put together so i had 2 reverses and 1 forward. So it can happen!
Crow away! It does give incentive like Dave says! I, like a few others here currently may have that job staring us square in the face.
It also makes me wonder how I'd do it here at home or take the axles to work do the gears. I don't think my little press here at home could do it. Heck, I'm not so sure the one at work could do it either. :-)
Can we see a pic of your press?
Keep us in the loop on your progress.
Heck, what I really want to say is sometimes I feel embarrassed that you fine fellas do more than I do some days and some of you actually have something amiss that slows you up legitimately.
Brain issues, sight issues and physical issues right here on this forum. What do you do? Push on best you can. Just like the rest of us. We do what we can, when we can.
It makes me proud to perhaps be included here and I salute you gentlemen!
James, was it OK I wrote this?
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Great job James! I just went through that step myself, although not having a press I had to have that operation done for a price. So other then having just the satisfaction of doing it yourself, you saved yourself some money too.
James, your ahead of me. Mine is torn down and I dont have parts ordered yet. This week I should get that done and get started again. Keep us posted on progress
Drive safe and often
It's always gratifying when you do a job and it actually works.
Congrats, job well done!!!!!!!!!! Now on to the next project. Keep moving, remember its harder to hit a moving target
Thank you all for your encouragement. I suffer from Lyme disease that has invaded my brain and central nervous system. 3 years ago I could hardly speak or walk let alone work on a vehicle. I'll say I'm better but some days I can't function. I can barley drive a mile but for me the reward is in the vehicle restoration. To see something sad and rotten brought back to be proud and reliable.
I am posting this picture of my little press for Duey who claims to have Minnesota's Crappiest Model T Ford...... LOL that makes me laugh. There are a few barns around here that might have that claim for Georgia.
Tomorrow I start reassembling the differentials and drive shaft. I feel like the end is in sight for this part
As my drill sergeant said to one recruit having a problem reassembling an M-14 "son you only have to be 5% smarter than the equipment for 5 seconds"
Life is full of small victories. Celebrate them and move on to the next challenge!
James, congratulations. I think that's great. This is an encouragment to those of us that might take being able to work on a car for granted. Keep it up!!!
Aha! No wonder that press looks familiar. That's you set up to press off that inner sleeve on your drive shaft!
Lyme? Yikes. I didn't know it could be so wicked. I requested (this past summer) for that test and thankfully I'm clean.