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3/4 ton D44 with axle housing crack; Would you buy or part out?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by la_blazer82, Sep 22, 2004.

  1. la_blazer82

    la_blazer82 1/2 ton status

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    I located a 3/4 ton D44 with 4.56 gears to swap in the front to match the 14bff. Only problem is owner says He "put a bit of a crack in the center section and I don't think anyone would want it after that (but it isn't a big crack and the tubes could just be welded all the way around."

    Would this fix the problem and make it sturdy? I would prefer a beefy 3/4 ton over my 1/2 ton 10b. Should I buy the entire axle since it has the gearing I'll be changing the rear 14bff for, or should I just buy the 8lug parts to convert my 10bolt.

    I would have to do the gearing in my 10bolt if I convert.
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    I'd buy it, weld it, and run it.
     
  3. la_blazer82

    la_blazer82 1/2 ton status

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    The other problem is that I don't weld. How much would I be looking at to have the axle tube welded?
     
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    85HeartBurb 1/2 ton status

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    go back to the socal site we have a couple of welders in the club!!!

    AKA 74BLZR /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif
     
  5. la_blazer82

    la_blazer82 1/2 ton status

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    Just wanted to know whether I should jsut buy the outers and backing plates. Seems as though it would be a decent buy.
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    You could always transplant the guts into another case, also.
     
  7. MTBLAZER89

    MTBLAZER89 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Weld it and run it as long as the crack isn't real bad or anything. Maybe even truss it for piece of mind. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    I would prefer a beefy 3/4 ton over my 1/2 ton 10b.

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    Same axle just different outers /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    hawkeye649 1/2 ton status

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    http://coloradok5.com/axleswap.shtml

    Comparisons of some of the different axles....

    Steve's truck used to look purdy sweet, now it's looks purdy sick (in a good way). /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gif /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grind.gif
     

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