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Old 12-08-2012, 07:29 PM
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The axle on my truck, 1960 f100 4x4, snapped to the right of the differential. I welded it together so i could move it around my yard and needless to say I need a new axle. I found a 59 f100 i could buy for relatively cheap. Can I pull the third member and put my gears into the new axle from the new truck and put that on my truck?
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If you are talking about "an axel shaft", that broke, why not just swap one from the '59 and save yourself a lot of work. If you are talking about "an axel housing", the hollow tube which the axel goes into, in answer to your question, yes!
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The housing broke. The shafts and gears are fine. Thanks! I looked at it today and when I got there I wasn't sure what to look for. The housing looked similar but I just didn't know if it would work. I can finally get my truck back on the road! Also the new axle housing has spring welded to it. Is this a problem? Can I just grind them off?
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Whaaaat? Just don't reuse the springs!. Welding the springs to the rear axles? Suddenly I don't feel like such a hack.......
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I was a little surprised to see someone had done that. They didn't weld the leaf springs to the truck but to the inside of the leaf spring they have a regular helix spring welded from the axle housing to the chassis.
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