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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-22-1999, 01:27 PM
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79 TD front axle slop

i have a 79 trailduster 4x4. I notice that if I grab the passenger wheel at 12 and 6 oclock and wiggle, there is some play. Ive replace the ball joints and it still happens. It looks like the axle shaft inside the axle housing is actually moving up and down. is this possible with any axle grease leaking out? is there a bad bearing in the housing that needs replacing.
What is it?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-22-1999, 02:24 PM
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Re: 79 TD front axle slop

The front hubs on the 74-79 RCs and TDs are the most unfortunate design flaw Chrylser made. It was based on a semi floating axle as opposed to a full floater. I have seen those high priced bearings, hubs and knuckles replaced, only to have the problem resurface in a short period of time. The design does seem to hold up though, I have never seen one completely explode...

post #3 of (permalink) Old 09-24-1999, 11:34 PM
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Re: 79 TD front axle slop

Hey Cuda, dodger is right the wheel bearing and hub assembly is flawed but my 79 threw all the roller bearings out onto the hiway the wheel was out almost horizontal but still attatched and rolling. I think it is possible to change the whole axle with one of the parttime units. I believe Robo can give you some good info on that one. Do you own a Cuda? I have a 69 convertible Cuda with 318. It's a whole lot smoother than the R/Cs . Happy trails Joe

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-28-1999, 01:15 PM
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Re: 79 TD front axle slop

Along with my trailduster i have a '70 Aarcuda. I bought it back in 85 and have been restoring it. it was a mess when i got it but it had the 6 pack. Mine is lime green. Originally it had a bench seat but a previous owner put in the buckets and console. It came with 3.91s but i put in 4.33s.

post #5 of (permalink) Old 09-29-1999, 12:02 PM
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Re: 79 TD front axle slop

340 or 440 six pack?

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 10-03-1999, 02:38 AM
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Re: 79 TD front axle slop

Mile Marker makes a kit to convert to part time hubs, I have had no troubles with mine since I converted, the part time hubs are redesigned and a lot stronger than the originals.

post #7 of (permalink) Old 10-07-1999, 01:10 PM
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Re: 79 TD front axle slop

its a 340 six pack--- original factory issue (with some goodies inside)

post #8 of (permalink) Old 10-08-1999, 08:24 AM
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Re: 79 TD front axle slop

i have a 340 in a 1984 Dodge D-50 pickup. built for mud racing. "X" heads and some internal goodies as well. i have raced it for two years now and is due a refresh, but it is still a strong, high winding motor.

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