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Old 04-17-2017, 04:37 PM   #1
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For a 1950 Ford.Is there a tool to hold the yoke when adjusting the yoke nut in the car? Ir so what does it look like when adjusting it in the car?

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Old 04-17-2017, 05:45 PM   #2
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When you say 'adjusting the yoke nut', do you mean torqueing it down tight?
I took a 18" length of 3/16" thick steel, approx. 1 1/2" wide, drilled two holes along one edge (to bolt to two holes in the flange) and ground a notch along the edge between the two holes so a socket would fit on the yoke nut.
I can take a photo if it will help.
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The term yoke has a fairly broad meaning. What particular yoke are we referring to?
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Old 04-17-2017, 06:08 PM   #4
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Rotorwrench, my first thought was the yoke on the differential, but you are right, we should wait for more details.
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Old 04-17-2017, 06:40 PM   #5
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Yes. The yoke on the differential. I have a pinion noise. Figured I would check out that before taking the car into a shop. It a 1950 Ford.

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Old 04-18-2017, 12:11 PM   #6
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You need to move the pinion around to see if the bearings have any noticeable shake or play in them. If the pinion is loose, there may be some significant wear on the Timken roller cones & cups in there. Tightening it up might make for roughness when you turn the pinion through. These bearings are pre-loaded for a specific torque to turn them through when new. On worn bearings, a person has to reduce the pre-load a good bit. If the Ford car axle uses shims to set the pre-load in there then it may be time to pull the center section out and rebuild it. Some axles use a lead crush sleeve but not all.
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Old 04-19-2017, 05:57 AM   #7
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If it is in the car then I use the emergency brake to hold it. If you have bearing issues then the whole thing will need to be taken apart. If you're just replacing a seal then mark the nut position and tighten back to the same spot.
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Ford did have a tool for that purpose. It was a 3 foot flat bar with a rectangular end. At the end it had a hole in the center to get a socket thru and 4 holes so you could bolt it directly to the rear end yoke. I used it many times in the 70's when I was a Ford mechanic.
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:07 AM   #9
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Yes...I have one of those, holed at both ends to fit various patterns. Get a stout piece of angle iron and make one up!
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Mine is a piece of angle iron with a slot cut into it large enough for a socket to fit around.
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:33 PM   #11
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I have a Kent Moore pinion holding tool J-8614-1 that works great on all makes although it was made for GM products there are also additional pieces ( J-8614-2 and J-8614-3) that allow it to be used a pinion yoke puller.

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