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sbca96
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Posted - 08/16/2006 :  10:44:10 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Visit sbca96's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have heard that these things called thrust blocks "fall out" when
you pull an axle ... this came out on the end of my old axle ... is
this a thrust block? I was expecting something different.





Tom

Edited by - sbca96 on 03/06/2009 9:47:40 PM

JDP
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Posted - 08/16/2006 :  11:00:35 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Visit JDP's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Why yes it is and I know hpw to put it back in too.


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sbca96
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Posted - 08/16/2006 :  11:20:45 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Visit sbca96's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Oh ... you are a funny guy!!! I have been trying a telescoping deal
with a magnet on the end .... but it keeps sticking to the side when
I get it down there. DO TELL .. how DO you get it back in??????

I sure hope you didnt go to bed yet ...

Tom
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JDP
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Posted - 08/16/2006 :  11:47:48 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Visit JDP's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It's only 1 AM.
Here's how I do it. Get a length of gas or brake line tubing and run a wire through the center. Stick the thrust block over the wire sticking out of the line. Put a dab of grease on the block tip and thread it down the axle tube, inserting in the hole. (flashlight helps) Hold it in place with the tubing, pull the wire out, then the tubing.


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sbca96
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Posted - 08/17/2006 :  01:49:07 AM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Visit sbca96's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I checked back a couple of times, then went out and continued on the
path I was going. I wasnt able to get it into the hole in the back,
so I took a file and carefully removed the burr around the outside of
the small end - making a slight chamfer. Then I gobbed some axle lube
on the small end, and then stuck it on the telescoping magnet. I fed
it down the axle tube, with a small flashlight inside the tube end. I
got it into the hole, and then stuck a long plastic rod (so it would
not get stuck to the magnet) and pushed it all the way into the hole.
Then I held the plastic against the thrust block, and pulled the end
of the magnet way. This works nicely if you didnt take both axles out
of the rear end (like me). Then I packed the bearing and stuck it all
back together. Thanks for the response though, someone doing a search
will certainly appreciate both our solutions.

Tom
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prager
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Posted - 08/18/2006 :  07:57:40 AM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Hello all, I pulled both my axles and did not have the thrust block come out as far as I know. Do they always come out? Is it possible that they did and are laying in the axle tube? It is a Dana 44 non posi..Thanks!!
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N8N
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Posted - 08/18/2006 :  09:27:35 AM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Visit N8N's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Only the Twin Traction (limited slip, posi, whatever) axles have the thrust blocks.

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prager
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Posted - 08/18/2006 :  11:58:43 AM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Thanks Nate... Is it possible to convert this axle to posi without the thrust blocks, or would that be part of the conversion? Thanks
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sbca96
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Posted - 08/18/2006 :  2:55:45 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Visit sbca96's Homepage  Reply with Quote
There are a few aftermarket limited slips available for the Dana 44.

Tom
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N8N
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Posted - 08/18/2006 :  8:01:02 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Visit N8N's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This is true but be careful, most of them have different spline counts than the Studebaker axles. I don't know what the Stude axles are, but most of the aftermarket ones will have higher spline counts.

IMHO the most cost effective way to put a limited slip under a Stude is just to buy a used Stude axle assembly with a limited slip already in it.

What I would like to know is if one used one of these aftermarket limited slips, and then bought a set of the Moser axles from Fairborn, could you just have the axles made with, say, 35 splines to match the modern limited slip? That would make a really "stealth" yet high strength axle assembly. I keep meaning to ask Phil or Malcolm when I run into them at meets but always end up talking about stuff important to getting my car back together for some reason instead.

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Transtar60
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Posted - 08/18/2006 :  8:48:16 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Some of the aftermarket Posis meant for pre 72 or 73 Jeeps are available in 19 spline versions for the Dana 44

Edited by - Transtar60 on 08/19/2006 08:00:05 AM
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Allan Songer
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Posted - 03/06/2009 :  10:12:43 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
I made a tool out of a broomstick with recess in one end for the thrust block--it stays in place with a bit of grease.

Piece of cake.
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dynolou2
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Posted - 03/07/2009 :  12:05:37 AM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Nate, sorry but you can't go with later posi section. More splines mean larger diameter axle, also means larger carrier bearings won't fit in the bearing saddles. Randys Ring and Pinion or Mosier should be able to fix you up with a posi carrier siutable for the 19 spline axles. Lou Cote
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