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Old 04-07-2019, 05:02 PM   #29
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Hey,
I remember reading your post on the dogbone bushings. I so wished I had done that when I had the gas tank out... It's got 80 gallons in it now. So I got to squeeze this 6'8" 290 pd frame in there. I wish I was 30 again. Piece of cake. Well you got everything covered on the rear end it appears.
Question, how do you get the axles out. I'd like to replace the wheel seals, and maybe the pinion seal. Can't figure out how they come out. DJ
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Old 04-08-2019, 08:26 AM   #30
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I worked on a 2000 chevy dump truck a while back that I think was an Dana 80, but about the same hub assembly. I took some photos of the axle and rear hub assembly. You will need the special socket to remove and re-install the retainer nuts. I have the photo attached.

The pinion seal, I replaced on the MO, and to install it with out leaking, had to make a install tool to get it in right without leaking. I will get a photo if the tool I made to do that.

We have a full floating 70HD Dana. The ratio on my MO is 4:56. More on that to follow.

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Hope this helps DJ.
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Old 04-08-2019, 05:38 PM   #31
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Excellent pictures ! Regards, Bob
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Old 04-09-2019, 06:23 AM   #32
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Hey,
Thanks for the pics. So I take it, the axle slides out of those splines? Do you need a puller, or does it just slide out. I got the socket for the nut underneath the axle. I looked at this setup when we first got the MH. Doesn't look like a hard job at all. Nothing is leaking,just thinking about doing it. DJ
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Old 04-11-2019, 12:02 AM   #33
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They should just pull out. Incase they don't, The end has a taped hole for a puller. Not sure but think 1/2-20?
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:10 PM   #34
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Out with the old springs

Well, got the tail end up in the air and have the rear end and springs removed.
All new springs, bearings, seals, brakes and rotors, not to mention many hours with the bead blast booth!

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Here is the pinion seal install tool that I made. These seals are a bear to install without pushing on the inside lip to install, especially with the pinion installed!
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:06 PM   #35
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Now that's the way to yank a rear end out. You going to paint it too? Gloss black...I hate putting stuff back together dirty. Aren t those adjusted springs the cheesiest thing you ever saw. Just take out the torch, and knock off the ends. Didn't t even take grinder and clean up the edges. How much did these things sell for? Do your new springs have that thin nylon spacer in between the springs? Well, it ought to ride a little better. That weak leaf side would tend to hog down on a bump, making for a weird twisting feel. I wonder if you got a couple of broken leafs at the center bolt hole. I'd be curious as to why it needed a shim only on one side. Maybe parked on a hill for a long time. Anyway, cool. Would you post a pic when it's all ready to go back in? DJ
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:14 PM   #36
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Going back together

Starting to put things back together after lots of cleaning. Also you can see the new springs that I'm putting back in.

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Found this when I took the carrier out of the housing. 98,000 miles and the one spacer shim almost gone, and others with signs of much wear on the same side!
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:18 PM   #37
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Starting to put things back together after lots of cleaning. Also you can see the new springs that I'm putting back in.

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Well it's back on the ground. First test drive went good. A little higher on the tail, about an inch to 1 1/2.Click image for larger version

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What am I doing wrong with the photos? It's posting 2 instead of one!?
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What am I doing wrong with the photos? It's posting 2 instead of one!?
O well! Must show double until you refresh! Now only see one each
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Re photos: I noticed that sometimes when I initially post, 2 copies of a photo show up in the app, but eventually when I refresh the thread Iím view it corrects itself. I only see 1 of each photo in your posts.

Btw, I follow all the Airstream Motorhome build threads just bcs Iím so impressed what all of you are able to do IN ADDITION to all the other tasks that come along with renovating /maintaining an older Airstream.

Nice work!
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