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Old 10-24-2017, 07:44 AM   #1
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1983 310 Turbo Diesel-Driveshaft removal

I read the service manual about driveshafts, but after I remove the Ujoint at the differential will the shaft just slide off the shaft splines of the next shaft forward?

*The coach is 85 miles away and I am having it towed tomorrow morning.
*Just want to be ready for any snags before the move.
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Old 10-24-2017, 08:29 AM   #2
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Yes. Its been several years since Ive had mine towed but as I remember it slides right off the shaft before it. Don't forget to "time" your drive shaft when reinstalling
http://www.bulltear.com/forums/showt...e-Shaft-Timing

Easiest to mark it before you remove it.

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Old 10-24-2017, 08:43 AM   #3
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Glad you reminded me to mark it. I will do both ends.
I loosened the ujoint nuts near the diff and re tightened them to make sure they would come off easy.
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Good luck with the tow home. Then the REAL FUN begins
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Old 10-24-2017, 12:15 PM   #5
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There is a thin serrated nut that holds a dust seal on the spline joint. You need to unscrew that nut and slide back the seal before you slide out the spline.
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Old 10-25-2017, 11:27 AM   #6
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Happy to report that the 310 diesel made it from Asheville to my house 85 miles away without issue (Being towed). But that was expected. WooHoo!
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:45 PM   #7
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Okay, we now know who bought the Ashville 310 turbo diesel for a great price.

Someone should have told you to use electrical tape to keep the U-joint cap ends on as they tend to fall off and you have roller bearings everywhere......don't ask me how I know, just know that my suggestion wasn't acted upon.

So, pictures anytime soon? Condition?

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PS...10 posts (three since yesterday) since 2002? Hopefully we shall hear from you more often in the future.
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Old 10-25-2017, 03:05 PM   #8
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Well I did have some pics from the ad up here, but when I found my DATAMOVER account, they deleted my new account I created and deleted the pics with it I think. I am working on this pics again.

I let the tow truck driver remove the drive shaft and he had a little trouble getting the diff end off. The shaft wouldn't slide much at all. By then he had already lost some of the needles from one cap. I will just have to replace it.

The sellers were super nice people to work with. I have been up there almost everyday since the add went up trying to PBlaster the lugs,UJoints and any thing else. Everything actually came off easy. I did put 4 tires on the rear as the old one were very rotted.

I just finished reading the previous owners log book he kept for mods and maint/repairs he had done. It was great to read, but sad when it ended.

I would say the condition good to very good and almost all original with tons of spare parts and hand drawn diagrams,plus all service manuals.
I read some of his notes and he had a torque converter made from an Allison TC or something plus there is a spare TC. I am pretty sure it is a Chevy 475 trans and has the newer Gear Vendor OD behind it. (I have had 3 of them).
Tomorrow I will put some oil in the cylinders and check over air/fuel components and start it from separate fuel container.

I want to wake it up as gently as possible.

It does have a second diesel tank with the filler cap forward of the pass rear wheel with it's own gauge on the dash.

Most items have powered up normally and I suspect most of the other equipment will as well. The engine oil was changed every 3k (per logs) and Diff,Overdrive,trans levels were monitored in his logs.

I will get some pics up soon.
PS-the phone was ringing off the hook while I was there looking it over.(No pressure....)
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