Good News -
Picked up my rebuilt rear axle yesterday and brought it in the shop.
Then I organized all of the big pieces so I can begin reassembling the frame and suspension,
and get this whole unit back on wheels.
The snow's melting and it's warming up, which means that time's running out.
Gotta get moving!
Thought I was going to buy a new set of 12.00 x 22.5 drive tires - but now with all brand new stock
length wheel studs, I'm not so sure. The additional height of the 12.00 tires would be nice,
but with the overdrive duplex and the higher ratio rear end - it probably isn't necessary.
To use the 12.00 rubber, I would need to use a longer wheel stud and a wider wheel spacer.
If I do the math, with the gears, transmission and 11.00 (normal) size rubber, it's built for
76 mph, which is faster than the old truck should go anyway. And a whole lot faster than the
old driver should even think about.
Got the brake linings straightened out, after a good amount of sanding on the cast brake shoes.
Used a wide belt sanding machine with a flat platen and an adjustable tool stop, so I could hold a perfect
90 degree angle and get the shoe truly flat. Worked good.