I finally decided that it was time to tear into the Ruckstell that I removed from my '26 four years ago, but I didn't want to do another rear without having a proper work station to do it on. This one came out of the car only because it is a 3:1 and I really didn't enjoy the necessity of always having to start out in Rux Low. I'm doing the Pittsburgh Tour this summer and plan on having this rear back in the car in standard Ruckstell configuration for those Pa hills.
I toyed around with various methods of holding the rear axle while I drank my coffee this morning and came up with an idea to make a few attachments to bolt to the engine stand that I already had. An hour or so after work and this is what I made, and it worked out well:
Nice stand but what are the broken bits?
The last picture shows 4 pieces of metal that were laying in the pumpkin. The inside of this rear looks beautiful and has bronze thrusts. The oil even looks nice. The ring and pinion are perfect. I haven't split the case yet, but I'm sure the origin of these metal chunks will be apparent at that time. The rear worked fine for the few thousand miles that I drove it before sidelining it. Any ideas?
Same stand 5 years ago...
Pinion bearing race
Looks like a true universal stand you've built.
Interested in the broken bits too. There's a similar axle in my collection.
Pinion bearing race would suit me just fine. The ID of the pieces do seem to be of that size. I'm going to put the Fun Projects kit in there anyway. Should I expect to see a chewed up drive shaft?
Broken pieces look like something went south with the internals of the shifter mechanism. Just a guess.
I took a quick look at the driveshaft this morning, and sure enough, the end of the pinion race was shattered apart where it contacts the gear key. The race is loose on the shaft.
Dave, I think your Horse could get out!
Always at the ready!