Edit....Back from paint!

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Re: Edit....Back from paint!

Postby SoFlaFiat » Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:54 pm

Great video Pat!
Keep it up!
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Re: Edit....Back from paint!

Postby Ptoneill » Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:39 am

You would think that after all this time I would have the bugs figured out....wrong! I installed my drive shaft and just as I finished I shined my light on the center support and saw that the rubber doughnut was deteriorating, luckily Autoricambi has a kit for that! I figured I may as well replace all the moving parts.

I found that there were several threads covering this fix however there were very few photos.....so.....

The kit
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Drive shaft...note yellow paint lines to align the re assembled parts...very important!

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picture of weights on the shaft...why alignment is important

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Puller to remove u joint carriage Harbor Freight cheap tool, but it works!

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Dust cap under carriage, there is one under the doughnut also.....

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Shaft with doughnut removed

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Set new doughnut on top and push down, will only go down a little bit

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Use an oversized socket and a large hammer to reseat bearing and doughnut onto shaft, torque bolt to 68ft/lbs.

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It got to dang hot out so this is as far as I got today, more tomorrow
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Pat
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Re: Edit....Back from paint!

Postby Ptoneill » Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:21 pm

Ok so I finished rebuilding the drive shaft...after putting in the center bushing you "simply" have to replace the u joints. If you have not done this recently I recommend that you search online for a good utube how to video. It is fairly straight forward BUT don't think that more hammer will force the caps to fit....trust me I tried!! The problem is 99.99% going to be a tipped over roller bearing in the cap...see picture. Simply stand the wayward bearing up and push it back in line make sure the rubber retainer is fully seated and try again.

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Ps the grease fitting goes in last, use a 7mm deep well socket

This is not intended to be a step by step tutorial please read your tech manual if you have questions, this took me about an hour of actual work with several frustration breaks thrown in....if you are getting mad walk away and come back!!
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Pat
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Re: Edit....Back from paint!

Postby DieselSpider » Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:23 pm

Your really not supposed to hammer in u-joints since you are more likely to flip one of the needle bearings over on its side and potentially make a slight flat spot on it which can greatly reduce the bearings life. Large C-Clamp or Bench Vice is the correct tool for the job if you do not have a dedicated press.

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Re: Edit....Back from paint!

Postby Ptoneill » Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:35 pm

I would have to agree with you but my cheap 6inch harbor freight c clamp cracked mid way. This is actually the first time I have done u joints all by myself.
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Re: Edit....Back from paint!

Postby Ptoneill » Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:57 pm

All right so I have been making progress fixing little things...heater hoses put back in, installed expansion tank ended up going with the one Mark sells. I really liked the one I had however it really interfered with the transmission dip stick.

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I powered up my ESTOP power emergency brake and adjusted the pull see the attached video link to see it in action.

https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share ... p53ycL8Dfk

I am slowly but surely powering up the electronics I am doing one system at a time then when they all work I will tie them together and clean up all the wiring.
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Re: Edit....Back from paint!

Postby Ptoneill » Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:19 pm

I finally got the automatic transmission cooler plumbed in so it was time to finally unwrap the stainless grill I ordered from Spider Point. I could not be happier it looks better than I was thinking!! The ONLY small gripe was that it not curved like the OEM but I was able to put a slight curve to it.

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Re: Edit....Back from paint!

Postby Ptoneill » Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:46 am

Wow, it's been a whole year since I have updated the progress on my car....the sad part is that there has not been much. I am currently recovering from shoulder surgery and am looking to retire from police work. I am hoping that I will get back to the car in the next several weeks!

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Pat
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