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7/25/10 7:31pm - Original Message: 'Half Shaft switcharoo'
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edgwood, MD - USA

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I got the car up on stands and I am getting ready to change the u-joints.However while I have the shafts off the car I want to sand blast and paint them.I am going to tag them left and right so they go back on the same side they came off.What I am wondering is dose it matter witch side the u-jionts go (incase I turn them around while basting.)or should I mark these too?
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7/25/10 9:27pm - Reply: 'Half Shaft switcharoo'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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Makes no difference...the shafts are symmetrical, so they'll fit/work on either side. Same with the end-end on the u-joints...they'll work either way.

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7/25/10 11:47pm - Reply: 'Half Shaft switcharoo'
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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

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I just had the pleasure of replacing a u joint on the passenger side half shaft.  Getting the shaft off is the easy part, getting the u joints off is the Censored (dirty racka frats)!!
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7/26/10 8:39pm - Reply: 'Half Shaft switcharoo'
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I got the car up on stands , so tomorrow I plan on taking the half shafts off,then change the bent sturtOuch.when I go in on my nights I then will sand blast and paint them. Taking the u-joints off shouldn't be that hard of a chore because I have a press avaible to me.(I hopeWink) Oh,what color is the factory color for the half shafts?

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7/26/10 11:12pm - Reply: 'Half Shaft switcharoo'
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Natural steel, with an alligator skin-like texture. You'll never find a paint that will make them look "natural". I spent almost a full week on my half-shafts, including using a torch to blue the areas around the welds, to make them look original, without using any paint, or other coatings. Mine are still natural steel, but I doused them in engine oil after heating them. I wipe a little bit of surface rust off of them every year or so, but they still look new.
Unless you're going for NCRS/Bloomington status, there is a stainless steel paint that comes pretty close to the "correct" color, but it won't have the texture of the original steel shafts.

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7/27/10 1:45pm - Reply: 'Half Shaft switcharoo'
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Unless you are willing to go to the trouble Joel did, most people paint them with cast-blast gray.  And be very careful pressing out those U-joints.  It is best to support between the "ears" to keep from bending or cracking the flange.

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