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Cracked D44 housing

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by AussieK5, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. AussieK5

    AussieK5 1/2 ton status

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    I'm looking some help regarding a cracked housing from my 79 thats getting a frame off resto ATM.

    One of the PO had hit something hard enough to crack the housing and has had it welded up. The housing also has a steel ring adjacent the cracked area.

    Check out the near failure on the axleshaft (the lower shaft is from my K20).
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    Have any of you guys repaired then run a housing for any length of time?
    Is that steel ring factory? Its not on my K20 D44.
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    Im a little hesistant to use this housing long term and even tough its a major PITA, I'll swap it with my K20 housing before is sold. I'm very worried a crack will propagate accross the case.
     
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  2. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Man if it wasn't for shipping , any one of us could find you a housing . I know where more than a few sit .
     
  3. Cricket

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    Pretty ugly looking.

    You could get reasonable ship cost if you seperate the axle tubes from the center section and ship that way.

    All you can do if your short on cash is run it and see. If it starts to crack it'll be easy enough to get the axle back out and replace it.
     
  4. marv_springer

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    throw it away....

    Marv
     
  5. Cricket

    Cricket 3/4 ton status

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    If Marv says toss it - you better toss it. :D
     
  6. AussieK5

    AussieK5 1/2 ton status

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    Yep, you guys have confirmed the conclusion I should have come to myself last night.

    Its not the cost thats the issue, the downtime to sort it out will take me away from the K5 resto. Damn damn damn...........
     
  7. Cricket

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    Might be for the best, who knows what could have happened. Everything happens for a reason.
     
  8. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I agree with Marv, it's an anchor...

    Rene
     
  9. Slapperbar

    Slapperbar Retired Navy NDT Examiner Premium Member

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    I look at metal all day. It's scrap.
     
  10. 1979jimmy350

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    to bad you so far away, ive got a housing you could have but i bet shipping would be a arm and a leg
     
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    Have to agree with 79jimmy350, if shipping wasnt a pain I would have given you the dana 44 I had.
     
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    I'm going to take the opposite point on this. Were there an easy replacement housing available I'd do that. Given the location I'm thinking that's not so easy to find. I'd run it and keep an eye on it.

    For a true resto you'd want another as that one has been "modified", but for a driver the repair may be perfectly fine.

    Now if it's bent in any way, then it's junk. That it got bent in whatever cuased the need for the welding is highly probable. I'd do some hard looking & measuring of it first.
     
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    Thanks for the offers guys, I really appreciate the generosity. Time not cost, is my biggest enemy at the moment as I'm trying to cram as much build time in as I can before while I'm still on leave.

    The housing checks out straight and did serve me for about 12 months before it was pulled and the true extent of the repair was exposed by sand blasting. I agree it could probably be run in a DD indefinately, but its also going to be adapted to a 3 link coil set-up and therefore may be a wasted effort. If I was sticking with leaf springs I would just slot it under and swap it out some time after the build shakedown.

    I am doing some hard looking and hard thinking as to my options. This cracked housing has been a catalyst for me to revise my build specs.....yet again :doah:

    Thanks again for the very generous offers guys. :thumb:
     
  14. DavidB

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    Truss the crap outta it. Like a race housing.
     

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