14 Bolt Tube Size
What thickness are the 14 bolt tubes?
Also, what are the differences (if any) between a "late model" and an "early model"? And what the hell does that mean anyway?
I found a cab and chassis 14 bolt (early 80s) with a spot on the tube that was rusty (I easily scraped the scale away)and worn down some. It is approximately 1.5 x2" and is located right under one of the corners of the lower spring/bolt plates (rear inside corner). It appears to be about 1/8" deep at its deepest point. So I was wondering the tube thickness, and would this even be a concern. Honestly, it looked like it could easily be fill welded, but should I just say fawk this one?
Oh, and the Detroit for the FF 14, I imagine since it goes in the stock carrier that it can be easily removed (like a lunchbox locker), without any gear set-up issues, for the snowy/icey winters here?
Also, I found another, but it looks like gear oil has leaked from the drum on the passenger side. Exactly how does the spindle attach to the housing? Is it at all removable?
Could gear oil be seeping by the axle tube, into the hub and out the inner hub seal?
There aren't alot of 14 bolt cab and chassis' available in this area, so any help on these questions would be greatly appreciated.
You say tomato, I say fawk you.