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hmmm guess that 8 3/4 isn't all that bad...  :poopoke: But for what its worth, Dana axles are stronger as well and the overall unit. Now the decision point, spend money on new stronger axles or replace the rear end... I think if it were me, I'd go with new axles but I am sure others will disagree.
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The Rest of the Tech / Re: Ouch!
« Last post by jimynick on March 19, 2019 - 08:49:39 pm »
Nature of the beast unfortunately, you don't have a lot of options; remove it, cover it or learn to work around it.
:iagree:  Yep, what the man said. I used to use the stigma of being labelled a "slow learner" to accelerate my awareness of that GD'd thing. It kinda worked, but it's like working around the fan when the engine's running and we all seem to be able to learn about that one, don't we?! Good luck and keep the protective headgear nearby. LOL  :cheers:
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Wow! The old time racers used to paint a straight line on their axles shafts so that they could tell if they were twisting or not, but I don't know if that would've helped here. May I suggest some aftermarket axles with more strength than the nearly 50 year old ones? Either way, that beats flushing out the ring and pinion in pieces, eh?!  :cheers:
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In my opinion, AMD has the shock towers on because that foregoes the need to remove, reset and reweld them with the possibility of a screw up all along the way. If you look at the factory welds on same, you'll notice that the welders were mostly either drunk, stoned or just incompetent. If you go for the AMD rail, I'd put the whole thing in. I don't know what you're referring to when you say "minus the rail flange", but don't weld the aprons in until you've got the rail in and have done your measurements to make sure the apron is correctly positioned both fore and aft as well as heightwise. The aprons don't index on the firewall, so they can float and if they're put in in the wrong spot, you'll never get a hood to cowl fit, nor hood to fender fit, so measure three times and weld once, to bastardize an old carpenter's saying. This isn't like quadratic equations, just take your time and think three dimensionally and you'll be ok.  :cheers:
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Thanks for the info guys.  I feel more comfortable doing this job.  I do have the factory K-member that I can strip down and bolt up for reference.

I noticed the AMD rails come with shock towers.  Anybody know why?  Mine are solid with very little surface rust.  Part of my plan to ensure things stay aligned is to weld in the inner fender to the shock tower and other attachment points minus the rail flange so that I know the shock tower angle and positioning doesn't have any opportunity to change.  I may even weld a temporary brace between them just in case.

If I have to replace the shock tower due to some compatibility issue with the new rail that'll make this more complicated.
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UPDATE
Took an 1.5 hours to get the pumpkin out. Slid the axles out about 6 inches, after removing the disc brakes, disconnected the driveshaft, and broke it loose to drain the oil.
Pulled the pumpkin out and all the gears looked good.  I was sure it was the gears!  Then I found this strange piece still in diff after about 5 minutes. :screwy:





Well, I just need new axles right now,  Not going to upgrade the rear end now at this time.





If I would have pulled the axles out all the way, would have seen that real easy!

Thanks for every ones advice.

Dan
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Parts Wanted / Krylon fusion textured shimmer graphite
« Last post by RhodeRunner on March 19, 2019 - 01:58:00 pm »
Looking for a can of this Krylon spray paint, part number 2521. Canít find any of the fusion textured paints near me. Thanks
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The Rest of the Tech / Re: Ouch!
« Last post by 70chall440 on March 19, 2019 - 01:05:36 pm »
Nature of the beast unfortunately, you don't have a lot of options; remove it, cover it or learn to work around it.
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The Rest of the Tech / Re: Ouch!
« Last post by 'Cuda Hunter on March 19, 2019 - 10:16:45 am »
Well, I have a few dents in my head.  Those things suck. 

When in the garage I just put a piece of pipe insulation around it.   
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I graduated from KO in 77 ..

Had the '64 Rambler Classic and 71 Matador wagon to drive back then.

Actually i still actively look for either of those rides to buy.

My 73 Barracuda vapor locked a month or so ago and while trying to get it started , a guy stopped and helped , found out he had recently purchased a nice '64 Rambler Classic.


I graduated in 76
My sister graduated in 77 with you

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