61-79-list-digest Friday, September 4 1998 Volume 02 : Number 433

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1961-1979 Trucks and Vans
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FTE 61-79 - Re: train track



Date: Thu, 03 Sep 1998 23:49:01 -0700
From: Vogt Family
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Re: train track

On Wed, 2 Sep 1998, John LaGrone wrote:
> Sorry, Ken, I guess I wasn't very clear. I mean REAL train track as in
> Atchison, Topeka & Sante Fe etc. That little six inch piece weighs about 15
> lbs or so.
> Lay the track over on its side, lay the yoke across it and it supports both
> the main shaft and the end of the yoke where the u-joint resides. Viola! no
> broken yokes. I also use a socket to drive the cups in and out.

I'm not sure this would have worked im my case, I was doing the vise
trick and I can hardly imagine that to be any harder on the yoke than
yours. It was just old and stuck and I got one cap off but the cross
did not have room to tilt out at that point so I had to push it back at
which point it got a little crooked and bound and the rest is history.
The spicer part cost $50, new, special order (same day...I love Nevada
City Auto Parts, in case you want to go there), so the old Chevy will
live to see many more days. In any case, funds are tight now so Ford
restoration has all but stopped around here. Would you believe that one
of the cups in the center U-joint (2-piece shaft) was missing all the
needles but the truck was still stable on the interstate? The thing
that made me change it was the squeaking noises.

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