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Rear Axle Removal #612895
17/01/20 05:24 PM
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Greetings All

My 4/4 rebuild is progressing (if you can call starting with a car and now having a pile of bits 'progressing') just the chassis with the rear axle left sitting on the workshop floor.... Chassis will be being repaired so I want to remove the axle so I can handle it easier.... My intention is to remove the axle complete with springs as there's no reason to split it all, just give it a clean up and waxoyl..... Its there any equivalent to the front springs impaling you to the garage roof I need to watch out for?.... Doesn't look like it but as I'm in from the workshop for the night I thought I'd consult the collective wisdom

Many Thanks

K

Re: Rear Axle Removal [Re: Image] #612899
17/01/20 05:58 PM
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Perhaps this should have been in the 'Maintenance and Servicing' section but I have had no success moving it :-)

K

Re: Rear Axle Removal [Re: Image] #612906
17/01/20 06:17 PM
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There will be some tension in the rear springs, which will prevent the bolts at either end of the spring coming out. On a bare chassis you can use G clamps to clamp the front end of the spring down to the chassis to release the tension on the front bolt, or alternatively make a tool like this:
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Re: Rear Axle Removal [Re: Image] #612913
17/01/20 07:34 PM
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Thanks for the help... They chassis is just sat there on blocks and I have several large g-clamps, so hopefully all will be well

Thanks again

K

Re: Rear Axle Removal [Re: Image] #612987
18/01/20 02:25 PM
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Safely removed... It's a one person job with the body off if you're reasonably robust..... It set me thinking... Is rear axle removal a 'body off' job or can you dismantle things far enough to wiggle it out with the carpentry still attached to the metalwork?

K

Re: Rear Axle Removal [Re: Image] #612995
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I've been looking at that for next winter's job list.

I suspect it will come out if the hubs and brake back plates are removed but it would be nice to have that confirmed.


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Re: Rear Axle Removal [Re: Image] #613005
18/01/20 04:26 PM
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Those were my thoughts... Without the drums and backing plates you could probably move it out one side far enough to drop the other end below the chassis and pull it out sideways...... Probably a 'many hands make light work' sort of a job.

As you say, it would be good to have it confirmed by someone who's actually Doune it. :-)

K

Re: Rear Axle Removal [Re: Image] #614429
29/01/20 11:15 AM
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I changed the back axle on my 1980 Plus 8 while the body was on. Had to loosen the back plate on one side to get enough wiggle room but didn't have to undo the central hub nut. Using an engine crane it was (of necessity) a one man job. As the car wasn't painted then, I wasn't too worried about scratches but no damage occurred with careful padding. Came out in an upwards direction once one side was freed and the axle could be tilted. All attachments to springs had been removed as I was changing springs too. My "tool" for putting the spring retaining bolts back worked in a similar fashion to Rog G's but was a crowbar and a loop made of steel strips and two bolts.

Re: Rear Axle Removal [Re: Image] #614439
29/01/20 12:48 PM
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Thanks Tim... Can't beat advice from someone who's actually done it!

Just re-read my post... "Doune it".... You know you're too into your hobby when your autocorrect defaults to hillclimb tracks :-)

K

Re: Rear Axle Removal [Re: Image] #614539
29/01/20 10:53 PM
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When I fitted an SSL RS kit to the front of my Roadster I initially used studs and nuts to slowly release spring pressure. For the second side I used a jack carefully located on bottom plate kingpin nut as recommended by SSL. This released tension in a controlled fashion but taking only seconds. Residual tension in compression spring after removing king pin was minimal despite their 140 lb/inch rating, although caution is advised.

I would have no qualms using a jack to release pressure again, although when replacing springs, studs allow more location control as they are compressed.


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