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Old 04-03-2020, 03:40 PM   #1
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Default 1935 Ford Model 51 truck driveshaft lubrication?

Hi! This is my virgin post on any forum. So bear with me please! I have a1935 Ford Model 51 Ford Truck. A 1 1/2 ton. 157 inch wheelbase. Enclosed driveshaft I believe it is called. Question, do you add oil to the first part of driveshaft? Pulled motor and transmission and shaft and U joint is oily. Thanks

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Old 04-04-2020, 12:18 AM   #2
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Default Re: 1935 Ford Model 51 truck driveshaft lubrication?

Yes, the universal joint must be lubricated. There is a zerk grease fitting on clamshell housing/covers to be used for this purpose. I use John Deere Corn Head Grease to lube the universal in my cars.

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Old 04-04-2020, 05:58 AM   #3
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Ok. It seems to me that there is quite a distance from zerk to universal joint in that clam shell. Is corn head grease lighter than a regular grease? Or do you have to pump in a lot? Thank you for your response and time.
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:51 AM   #4
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Default Re: 1935 Ford Model 51 truck driveshaft lubrication?

If, or when I'm assembling my cars, (engine, trans, or rear) I apply the Corn Head Grease all over and around the universal joint by whatever means available at that time (I call this buttering), then after everything is back together, I add more (a little more) JDCHG in through the zerk fitting using a grease gun, ....but not so much that it's forced into transmission, out through clam shell gaskets, or back past lip seal in torque tube.
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Old 04-04-2020, 09:40 AM   #5
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Default Re: 1935 Ford Model 51 truck driveshaft lubrication?

On a wheelbase that long there must be a center bearing with a zerk also??
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Old 04-04-2020, 10:45 AM   #6
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Default Re: 1935 Ford Model 51 truck driveshaft lubrication?

Here is a lube chart for the truck chassis. I would use corn head grease for the u-joints.


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Old 04-04-2020, 08:48 PM   #7
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Howdy. Yes there is a center bearing also with a zerk. That pretty well answers my question. I am a farmer and I inherited this truck from my father. It was not started for 35 years I got it running last spring and was just gonna clean it up. I am now done to bare frame! Just couldn’t stop! My first restore . Thanks for help. I will have more questions I am sure.
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Old 04-04-2020, 09:28 PM   #8
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Sounds like you caught the "as long as I'm this far, I might as well...." disease.

It is endemic with most of us.
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This is what the u-joint housing looks like without any grease in it
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Old 04-05-2020, 05:40 PM   #10
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so Both of the housings should be full of grease? The one right behind the transmission was just real oily. I wondered if it didn’t oil through the ball bearing in the rear of transmission. There is a zerk on both.
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