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Old 07-07-2007, 10:10 PM   #1
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Axles are Done, Thanks Andy!

It is done...the guy with the bad back put the axels in, if I can do almost anyone can!

My thanks to Andy for the advice and encouragement with regards to replacing my axels. I was going to have it done in a shop. I had doubts about doing the job myself. The reason is that I am slightly disabled. A few spinal surgeries, not to mention the odd knee, ankle, wrist and so forth.

After talking with me for a bit, Andy thought I could do the job myself, or at least give it a try (which was my preference as I have done everything else on the AS). It was more of a job than the three or so hours/ axel some threads talk about but I got it done.

It did help to have some friends that loaned me the use of one of the bays in their hobby shop (race cars). Good thing, it was hot & humid up here in Wisconsin this weekend. The air hammer was useful in getting the first 35 year old axel out. Good lord ther is a lot of rust and dust that shook out!

Getting back to my main point, thanks Andy , I would not have attempted the job without the encouragement (and procedural advice) that you provided to me when I ordered the axels, and thanks for the key chain so cleverly concealed in the shock box! A project like this gave me a fine sense of acomplishment.

Next I have to figure out how to convert that 630 hp vette three bays down into a tow vehicle?

I also want to exend my thanks to Andy and everyone that contributed articles and photos on axel replacement, I sort of think of this as sort of a group project, I just got to do the hands on part this time!

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Old 07-07-2007, 10:48 PM   #2
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It is done...the guy with the bad back put the axels in, if I can do almost anyone can!
Smokin, congrats on getting the job done yourself.

I'm starting to feel kinda like your described for yourself so it makes me feel better to know there is still hope.

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Old 07-08-2007, 07:33 AM   #3
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Next I have to figure out how to convert that 630 hp vette three bays down into a tow vehicle?
That's the easy part. It only requires two steps:
1-Remove engine and transmission from Corvette.
2-Install engine and transmission in Suburban.
If they ever have a camping road rally, you'll be the first one there.
Seriously, congrats on the axle install. Maybe if you ever get down here, you can help me shore up the frame in our trailer. Between the two of us, it should only take twice as long to get the job done as two unhandicapped guys. We'll just have to get somebody to hoist us up off our creepers when we are done.
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:26 AM   #4
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Axles are done

I agree...........Andy and his entire staff are the VERY BEST to work with!!

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Old 07-08-2007, 12:42 PM   #5
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hey way to go!

now you can concentrate on getting it ready to hit the road!

thanks for the parts, i found homes for everything!

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Old 07-08-2007, 02:15 PM   #6
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That's the easy part. It only requires two steps:
1-Remove engine and transmission from Corvette.
2-Install engine and transmission in Suburban.
If they ever have a camping road rally, you'll be the first one there.
Seriously, congrats on the axle install. Maybe if you ever get down here, you can help me shore up the frame in our trailer. Between the two of us, it should only take twice as long to get the job done as two unhandicapped guys. We'll just have to get somebody to hoist us up off our creepers when we are done.
Hey this sounds like a plan! Just think a Suburban with a bit over 630 hp!!!
I am not sure what the road America times were on the vette, but it can threaten 200 on flats! Just think of the passing power..

I figure if we don't kill our selves trying the install (or driving it), it would be the talk of the rallies! Of course the vette owner may not see it quite the way we would?????????????????????? .
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Hey this sounds like a plan! Just think a Suburban with a bit over 630 hp!!!
I am not sure what the road America times were on the vette, but it can threaten 200 on flats! Just think of the passing power..

I figure if we don't kill our selves trying the install (or driving it), it would be the talk of the rallies! Of course the vette owner may not see it quite the way we would?????????????????????? .
I forgot...a three point harness hooked to a hydraulic engine jack with a remote works great for getting off the creeper.
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Old 07-08-2007, 02:24 PM   #8
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Vette tow vehicle

This is what I have in mind!

Talking Ron into it may be difficult .

The Datsuns are only a mere 450 or so hp!
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hey way to go!

now you can concentrate on getting it ready to hit the road!

thanks for the parts, i found homes for everything!

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Glad to have homes found for the parts. Thanks for getting them adopted!
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