Have just ordered a prop shaft to be made for our truck. The guy who's making it is having trouble with the measurements I gave him of the axle.
The axle is a Dana 44, i.e. the standard axle that came off our year of truck. He had me measure the diameter of the end caps and the distance across where the end caps will go so that he can make up the universal joint.
He has asked me to source the U bolts that would have gone with the axle, but has also told me that the diameter of end caps I gave him doesn't make sense.
Basically I tried a pair of 27mm end caps and they were too big. So I offerred up some deap reach sockets in the gap and found that my 17mm socket fits excellently. The outer diameter of which is 26mm.
Obviously, I realise that the axle would have been made to imperial measurements, for which the best measurement I can get is between an inch and about an inch and a sixteenth.
Upon reporting this to him, he said that 26mm doesn't make sense, he doesn't know of any end caps that he could use.
So two questions,
Has anyone tried to marry up to one of these axles before, if so, what end caps did you use?
Does anyone know where I can source the correct U bolts? and/or end caps?