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Old 09-19-2018, 10:59 AM
bkvail bkvail is offline
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We sold a couple things to finally buy the gears, master install kit, and solid pinion spacers for our 14-bolt. We got the rear out of an 83 GMC step van - and it was 5.13s and top speed at 2000rpm was 48mph in 5th gear.
We got all the supplies in last week, but Brian's boss was taking him on a tuna fishing trip on Sunday and I was going to a memorial on Saturday. So, gears weren't supposed to happen quite yet. But, when I was at the memorial, Brian got notice that the weather cancelled the tuna trip. So, Saturday evening, this is what I came home to:
20180916_094218 by Karin Vail, on Flickr

20180916_094236 by Karin Vail, on Flickr


OLD gears - someone had been in here before because the bearing caps had already been marked.
20180916_100026 by Karin Vail, on Flickr

We ended up borrowing a dial indicator and an inch pounds torque wrench (we have a foot pounds one). So, Sunday morning we got started and finished well after dark Sunday night putting everything back together. The most difficult part was the spacing for the pinion bearing preload. Not difficult actually, just tedious. The rear pinion bearing came off and on I think 8 times before we decided on a spacer combo (we did solid spacers instead of a crush sleeve). We only had the pinion carrier off the main housing 2 more times for spacers for pinion depth though haha. It's probably not perfect, I think maybe the pinion needed a TITCH more spacer, but we figured the sealer would add that titch more space and we sealed it up with these markings. Our first gear swap complete and it doesn't howl/grind/clunk/whine. WHEW. And, it will go over 60 (we just hit 5th gear at 60mph, so it should go 70 now, but we won't test that out until we get insurance/registration renewed).

20180916_180824 by Karin Vail, on Flickr

20180916_180834 by Karin Vail, on Flickr
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:52 AM
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:03 PM
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Old 09-27-2018, 09:54 PM
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Just read your entire build front to back and back to front! (Didnít wanna miss nothin) awesome work!!! Great motivation to all of us.
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Old 09-28-2018, 10:27 AM
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Just read your entire build front to back and back to front! (Didnít wanna miss nothin) awesome work!!! Great motivation to all of us.
Thanks Abasham! I am not great at updating, but I do try when something major has been accomplished
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