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Ford 8.8 Repairs to date
Just a little update on the 8.8 repair.
The shop that is working on the axle, is allowing me to work with one of their mechanics after hours to get this thing repaired.
So far we we have pressed the rotated side axle tube from the the housing and pressed it back on in the correct position. It was then checked for straightness(A-OK).
We then placed the axle in a large oven and brought the entire axle up to a good welding temperature to achieve a good weld between the cast housing and the tubes(I think he said around 500 degrees ???).Then a full penetration weld was placed around both tubes at the housing. Then the 3 holes at the housing were drilled through the tubes and hardened steel pins were pressed in, then welded inside and out, and ground smooth on the inside.
The axle shafts, bearings, ring and pinion and Detroit Locker, are all in very good shape so everything appears to be holding up well to the trail abuse. Im having the drive line shop perform the gear set up today. And the leaf packs are supposed to be complete from the spring shop this morning(re arched).
The axle shop says that the repair that we did, holds up great on the Ford 9" and 8.8" that they use in their drag racers. This would not be very expensive, or complicated to perform durring a gear swap,(when everything was apart anyway). Most axle shops could easily handle it, the only tricky part is getting a good weld between the housing and tubes, due to the different metals.
I think the YJ will be up and running this afternoon. But we will be continuing concrete work on the job throughout the weekend, so my rematch with the Hammers will have to wait.
I take my Jeep "On the Rocks",usually "With a Splash of Addrenalin"