trouble with axle


Arnold Hite

>Message: 4
> Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 21:33:08 -0500
> From: Randy Bograd <>
>Subject: Tips on inserting axles
>My son and I spent the better part of this afternoon trying to insert an
>axle into the transmission. The splines are clean and smooth. I have new
>double lip seals. We got it started but with about 2 inches to go, it
>stops. We pushed and twisted with no success. I can use some ideas on
>'67 in Gaithersburg, Md

I thought for sure your problem was that you needed to remove the
grease fitting from the axle. I've done several of these axles now.
Every time I must remove the grease fitting to get the thing to fit.
Even with the fitting off it takes a lot of effort to compress the axle
into place. I usually have someone bracing behind me as I push with
both feet. Assuming that's not the problem the only other thing I can
imagine is that something has fallen into the transmission opening and
is blocking the two splines from meeting properly. Perhaps a piece of
the old double lip oil seal or worse, perhaps a piece of the new one is
laying in there. Can you reach in and feel around for a piece of
rubber, or more likely, one of those little metal springs that fit on
the seal?

Good luck,
Arnold Hite
Johns Island, SC