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Old 10-10-2017, 04:25 PM   #1
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There is about 1/8 inch play in the four shaft ends of my U-joint. And, the shafts are no longer round. (see attached pic)

I'm thinking it's time to retire. Your thoughts? And don't laugh.
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Old 10-10-2017, 05:38 PM   #2
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I don't think I'd retire just because of a bad u-joint, but, that one has seen better days. [ smiley face]
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Old 10-10-2017, 05:51 PM   #3
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Looks about ready to blow! Must have been noisey.
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:20 PM   #4
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Looks about ready to blow! Must have been noisey.
Strangely, I never heard a peep out of it. I'm just going in to change the clutch, which chattered like heck.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:07 PM   #5
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Uh, oh
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:43 PM   #6
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You're lucky to live close to Bert's. Go buy a new or good used joint, and clutch parts.

That joint ain't fit for the road, and is way past time to replace it.
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:07 PM   #7
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You're lucky to live close to Bert's. Go buy a new or good used joint, and clutch parts.

That joint ain't fit for the road, and is way past time to replace it.
Ditto
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:25 PM   #8
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I've heard that the modern replacement unis are not very good even if they fit. Is there another option other than Bert's, like maybe rebuilding them?
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:09 PM   #9
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You're lucky to live close to Bert's. Go buy a new or good used joint, and clutch parts.

That joint ain't fit for the road, and is way past time to replace it.
Steve Becker is sending a good original.
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:58 AM   #10
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Mine was a helluva lot worse than that one when I finally replaced it. The two riveted halves were looser, and the bearing surface on one shaft was nearly half gone. It was all caused because I didn't realize just how much of the right kind of grease those things need.

I now carry the worn out one in my trunk for show-and-tell when people ask about repairs and maintenance.

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Old 10-12-2017, 11:18 AM   #11
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Aw come on... run it 'til it's broke!
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:09 PM   #12
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Check 29 Cabriolet further down, he did.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:50 PM   #13
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Add lots of grease in the fitting under the U joint.
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:34 PM   #14
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Aw come on... run it 'til it's broke!
For sure! What the heck.........a little play didn't stop this guy.
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Old 10-13-2017, 02:46 AM   #15
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The rivetet version is not to be rebuilt !!!
Once you see damage , there is no doubt...

Test (if you see no damage):
Hold the U-joint at one end and shake it.
Once it wobbles without resistance and you hear noises....
ITS TIME TO REPLACE !

The "new" parts to be sold by the vendors are not best quality.
(Any new junk will be even better than the ones in those pics.)
Use lots of grease !

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I replaced the U-joint in my car with a "new" snyders U-joint 5 years ago.
Even it looked like a strange rough log, its still "alive"
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:57 AM   #16
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I have a good U-Joint for sale on the Swap Meet page.
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Old 10-13-2017, 10:54 AM   #17
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Victim of grease worms...
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Old 10-15-2017, 06:33 AM   #18
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For sure! What the heck.........a little play didn't stop this guy.
Tom, mine actually looked a bit worse than that one...

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Old 10-15-2017, 12:09 PM   #19
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Couldn't be much worse that the one that was in my truck when I found it.
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Old 10-15-2017, 04:25 PM   #20
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I've just acquired a RHD 1933/4 gearbox (very rare over here) and it has the U joint still on it. Will it fit a Model A? It's not in bad condition and looks like it should fit.
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