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just sheared off my front axle shaft

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Kaptain_Kurt, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. Kaptain_Kurt

    Kaptain_Kurt Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 53

    Ouch man, I knew that clunking up front was a *bad thing*. 4x4 went out shortly after a final big crunch and upon inspection I busted a u-joint and the loop on each side of the u-joint tore off the shaft. Looks like I'll need a new shaft and flange. Any advice? How tough a job is it? Can I get a shaft and flange from the boneyard and slap it in? Dang, it's snowin' like a banshee right now. 'Nother foot on the way. Made do without 4x4 but have to do some hills downward only, I can't push uphill without it.

    ~kurt
     
  2. Dwan

    Dwan Senior Member
    Messages: 879

    76 F250? only place you can find parts is a bone yard except the u-joint.
    I have a new spare axle for the pasenger side but I am in Alaska.
     
  3. Kaptain_Kurt

    Kaptain_Kurt Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 53

    Well....if it was drivers side, I'd drive up and get it :waving:

    Guess I'll find a boneyard here. How big a job is it gonna be? I'm thinking the flange on the wheel side of the shaft must be part of the hub assembly? Or is it a bolt-on piece? Will the shaft just pull out of the front diff now that it isn't connected to the wheel via the U-joint?
     
  4. Dwan

    Dwan Senior Member
    Messages: 879

    it ben a few years but if I remember right the flange is removable but realy fits tight. BFH is required. and the shaft will pull out but you should open the pig just to inspect it.
    I may be wrong because it has been 15 years or so sence I have had to do any work on the front of my early fords.
     
  5. Kaptain_Kurt

    Kaptain_Kurt Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 53

    Sounds right

    That sounds right, the flange should be bolted on. My local shop says the labor to pull the shaft will be about $100, plus parts, so I'll let them do it.

    thanks!

    kurt
     
  6. 85F150

    85F150 Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    if the ujoints have c clips and not the full circle clips i would recommend putting a tack weld on the cap to the axle shaft. my caps on the ttb 44 walk out all the time until i did that, and when they walk out the ears will bust off the axle rendering it useless too.
     
  7. Crumm

    Crumm Senior Member
    Messages: 529

    Are you sure?? I have not looked for one lately but a few months ago I bought a NEW axle and spider gears for a 42' Ford GPW. There has to be a supplier out there for a 76' I would think..
     
  8. 85F150

    85F150 Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    any place that sells axles should be able to get you a set. Have you checked out the local heavy truck parts shop, that is where i get a spare axle at. I would also check out all the different offroad shops that are online, they should also have them especially as popular the 44 is.