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6/20/11 6:45pm - Original Message: 'drivers side u-joint....'
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yes this is what you think it is, last night enjoying a great drive out on long beach island i heard a clicking noise that stopped so i figured it was the loose center cap. well i was way wrong. while getting out of the way of exiting traffic i nailed the throttle and well lets just say we went rite into limp mode. Here's my 2 part question. #1 i can only seem to find one type of u-joints are all 6 on the car (1981 auto trans) the same or do i need to make sure i get axle u-joints? #2 looking at the shaft in the pick do i have to replace that also?
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6/20/11 8:26pm - Reply: 'drivers side u-joint....'
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Bobby, I'm not sure if they are all the same joints but would suspect they are.

Unless you twisted something the shaft looks to be ok. Knock that cap out and see what you have. I'm sure your plan is to replace all the joints. Take your time and you'll be fine.

I'm sure some expert monkeys will chime in also.

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6/20/11 10:01pm - Reply: 'drivers side u-joint....'
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Boy..talk aboot dodgin a bullet!!!phew Those things can completely trash the underside of the car if it comes completely loose. You barely missed a major indecent.!  phew

I do believe that ALL of the u-joints on the '81 are the same...don't see anything in the pic that would indicate the shaft is damaged, or un-usable.
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6/20/11 10:11pm - Reply: 'drivers side u-joint....'
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 I agree, when i took the wheel off tonight and seen that, i was greatfull thats all it was. i did find the u-joints online at ecklers and im also going to replace the strut rod bushings i think this happened cause i needed to set the camber for that wheel and felt i had time.

is there anything i need to know about doing this or its all pretty much cut and dry?

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6/21/11 11:37am - Reply: 'drivers side u-joint....'
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Spray everything real good with rust buster a day a two ahead. I'd blast the shafts and repaint them with a good enamel like found in a tractor supply store.
Oh yeah get a big arsed hammer tooooooo LOL
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6/21/11 12:40pm - Reply: 'drivers side u-joint....'
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this is a question I have had since I did mine years ago. Do you need to mark each end to make sure the yokes are back exactly how they where removed?

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6/21/11 6:37pm - Reply: 'drivers side u-joint....'
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well she is up on the jack stands and the bolts are soaking.   good question Bob R.
do i need to mark both ends to make sure they go back exactly the way they were removed???

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6/21/11 6:47pm - Reply: 'drivers side u-joint....'
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its a good idea to make sure it goes back together the way it came apart..its a balance issue..get good u joints..non grease style is best no matter what people say..I have replaced many grease style on 2 cars so far..and with the 73 and the 69 the rear 4 are the same and the front shaft are different..the strut rod bushings need a spindle knocker tool to be able to get it apart at the shock mount..the bushings press in easy enough..make sure you put a jack under the spring when you do this or release the spring all together..this could turn into since I am there projects..have fun with it and post any and all questions..search out my post on my 73 I am doing a rear end rebuild on..I posted a good many pics..not to specific though..ask if you need to.
 
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Well we have one shaft with a match mark already on itLOL Opps sorry about that, had to get that in. Take a straight file and put a nice match line on the other one.
 
Rich I was about to put out an APB on you.......where you been?

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6/21/11 9:21pm - Reply: 'drivers side u-joint....'
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great guys, thanks for all the info just want to get it back on the road this weekend...

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6/21/11 10:15pm - Reply: 'drivers side u-joint....'
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Well we have one shaft with a match mark already on itLOL Opps sorry about that, had to get that in. Take a straight file and put a nice match line on the other one.

 

Rich I was about to put out an APB on you.......where you been?

Evil Smileebo

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Use a punch punch to mark the shaft..can't miss dimples..may want to get them balanced once you are done..cant hurt....work has been nuts..2 people quit..they fired an advisor..work is flying in the door..hard to not do 75 hours a week now..kids are nuts and the wife is changing jobs again..no more drones or MRAP..now going to the Navy Depot in Harrisburg..not really sure where she will end up..who knows maybe that fangled rail gun!.and I still have a 73 front end to do!!

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