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Jim, The car looks fantastic! All your time and skills have come to fruition.
hey Jim.. been building a couple of open wheelers while my Coupe sits fondly in the corner.. (Dirty Dancing style.. dont leave Baby... )... good to see you have gone for the upgrade in your ratio. I started with a 3.55, was advised a 3.73 really makes these cars rockets.. Hope all is well.. ChrisWell, I'm finally getting around to replacing the 3.27 gear ratio with a 3.55. Man I had a heck of a time getting the half shafts out. I pried and pried, but it wouldn't budge. So I call auto zone to see if they had a half shaft pop tool, sure enough, so I went down and rented that (which is a sweet deal BTW) and one little pop from the hammer on the wedge bar and out it came. If your not familiar with this tool, it looks like a ball joint or tie rod end removal tool (wedge/tapered fork) but it is a wider fork to get around the axle shaft. I also found the easiest way to do this, is to remove the spindles with the axles attached, that way you don't have to separate the axles from the spindles too. Anyway, the diff housing is out and on the bench, now i just need to switch out the gears, reset the backlash, bearing preload and check the tooth contact to make sure the pinion depth is correct still.
The half shaft popper looks like this. I rented mine from AutoZone. Two forks come with the kit so you can use it on wider spaces. You'll only need to use the tapered one. It will go between the housing and the large hub of the CV joint. Place it in and hold it tight/no air gap, then hit the end of the fork with a hammer! It will pop and come right out. I don't have pictures of the side gear where the shaft snap ring, snaps into. The side gear snap ring groove should have a slight lead in/out chamfer/bevel, which will help the snap ring compress and allow the shaft to pop out. You couldn't really see a bevel on the snap ring groove of mine, but it is there. You will not be able to pry the shaft out!!! You need to use this fork tool! I pried and pried hard on mine and you just can apply enough force to get it out. When you put that wedge/tapper fork in and hit it on the end of the handle with a hammer, it creates an amazing amount of force for an instant and it will pop right out.
Hope all is well with you and your family.
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Chris, all is well at our house. Just trying to keep away from this pandemic and stay safe.
Hope your family is doing well also. Get back on that coupe and get her done