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    That's handy to know, thanks. I'm stuck in Plumstead as I left my van keys in my mates car that got towed away last night! (My axles are in the van).Will strip axles today when I get home.
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    After finally getting a spare key for my van I made it home.

    The short shaft turned up yesterday from UK Blowers, thanks for that.


    Dad and I set about stripping the two new rear ends today, it's pretty hard work to be honest, it would have been a lot easier with my Dewalt impact driver, but that was stolen from my van last week along with 5 other power tools

    Anyhow the plan was to make two complete rear ends from 3 rear ends and one short shaft, the worst condition rear end would get cut up for the perches.
    After having all 3 apart they all seem in pretty good nick, very similar play and tooth wear on all three.

    Number 2 -




    Number 3 -


    The brakes are worse on number two, number 3 has very good brakes and have been renewed recently, still yellow paint on the shoe springs.

    Studebaker wheels makes moving them around easy


    A mechanic friend is coming over tomorrow to decide which one will get sacrificed...

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    I got number one case totally stripped tonight, got the pinion out with a gentle tap from a sledge hammer.

    I'm now going to cut up the case to salvage the sway bar mounts and the spring perches.



    Next job is to get the shafts out of the other two axles and send them to Large Engineering.

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    Just taken a few measurements with a helper, the Stude is LOW and on a slope so couldn't jack it up, anyhow the leaf spring perch centres are 39" which doesn't tally with the Explorer perches, doesn't matter at least I know the perches have to come off the 8.8 along with the sway bar mounts.

    The casing on the 8.8 isn't that thick so we'll gingerly cut the perches off, we have another casing to cut up for the perches.

    The Explorer shock mounts should work although the homemade current ones will work with elongating the U bolt holes.
    New Ubolts are required as stock Explorer are too short. 3 1/4" to match the 8.8 (bigger than 8")

    It'll be nice getting old axle out and having a clean up under there.




    Oh woodie, I measured the drum to drum on the 8" and it's coming out at 57 1/4", not sure they made an 8" that narrow? It was hard to measure accurately. I'll do some googling

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    The other 8.8 is now sold to go under a pop.

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    Cutting up the last Explorer case for the perches and sway bar mounts which will go on the other 8.8 for the Stude. The standard Explorer positions are no good for anything really

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    I now have 3 long shafts (31 spline), left over for anyone who may need them? They measure 30 1/8" long from the diff end of the shaft to the back of the hub.
    £40 each. Will post (approx £10)

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    Been a bit of a gap but i'm back on it now.

    I got the rear end back and started cleaning it up. The welding by Steve at Large Engineering is awesome, he cut down the long axle tube, straightened them and welded the ends.



    Getting there. We'll get her under the car shortly.
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    Looking good mate....

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
    Looking good mate....
    ...what, the garage? Ha ha.

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