having problems puting my Dana 44 back together
first off, this is on a 74 ford f-100 with a 76 axle. I had my front axle all apart to put in new seals and ball joints and so far I have the differential in and the knuckles on. Then I put the little dist seal on the axle and slide it through the knuckle and into the housing and all that goes good. I then put on the brake caliper mounting plate, dust sheild,(The outside of the dust sheild is rusted away but I use what is left as a spacer to keep the proper spacing) Then I put on the spindle with the little plastic bush and the little seal BUT, When I tighten it down It pushes on the axle shaft so much that you cannot spin it, its like I am missing something. When I take the dust sheild off of the axle shaft and put everything togather it moves but sometimes it will rub against the axle housing. I am very frustrated and explanined it to the best of my ability. please let me know if you need something explained better or what. Thanx guys, I wish that I had a digital camera to help me explain this to you.