Front axle problems
I just bought a motorless 78 Blazer. 3" lift, 33" Super Swamper TSLs. Dropped a stock 350 in out of my 73 2wd p/u.
A few trips around the pasture and the front end developed a snap crackle pop. (I was really impressed with how it handled an old, mostly dried up pond. More extreme stuff than I've ever done. It handled the mud, drop offs and inclines just great.) Thought it was the left front ujoint, but was wrong. The front gearbox contained no oil, just mucky "grease" with metal strips in it. Must have ate one or more bearing/race/etc. I have the driver's side axle out. The gears look fine so far...
I'm somewhat mechanically inclined, but have never been into the axles. Is this something a backyard mechanic could/should tackle? Looking around the net and reading my Chilton's etc. shows that a press should be used on some parts.
If not... How should I get it to the shop? and about what will this repair cost me?
It's 14 miles out at our farm...
Would it be best to just take the whole axle loose and take that to a mechanic, so I wouldn't have a tow bill?
As an option, I have a '77 3/4 ton pickup with a good front end. Could this be swapped over? I'm thinking the gear ratio is probably different, so I might have to swap both axles...???... The Blazer has new drums and calipers, so would hate to lose that. I haven't got ahold of the guy I bought the Blazer from, but I'm guessing the gears have been changed because the speedo is real close even with the big tires. So I'm thinking this really wouldn't be a good option...
If I can rebuild it, any tips hints for a 1st timer?
(Lessons learned... Even if you have to do something as major as drop a motor in a vehicle you just bought, check ALL fluid levels. It probably wouldn't have prevented my problem, but it might have...)