Chris, I'm planning to do this same gear swap on my '46. Where did you get the tools for adjusting the notched nuts to get R & P backlash? The GM Rear Axle Overhaul manual shows the tool as J-972. Thanks.
As a side note on the rear gear install kit. My orginal rear gears were in good shape. I reused all the bearings. Having a selection of pinion shims and the spacer tool was all that was needed. Made the spacer tool from the pattern supplied on Deves.
Nothing like being in the middle of a post and the screen goes blank . "As I was trying to ask . In the tech article you(sweet) removed the brg, seal,and "deflecter'' .Well I did same only with 2 days of hell . The washer (deflecter) got bent a lot . What is it for ,do I need ? Could I just fix it up a little and put it back In with new brg. and seal ??? I do not know how to get a pic to you .
Last week I rebuilt the torque tube assembly by using this Technical Article and Deve’s website. Both of these resources are excellent and between the two I took the brave step of attempting this. Whitelightening: believe me when I say if I can do it - you can too. Not sure if I would have attempted this rebuild without SWEET’s good work.
Bout’ the only thing I would add is the front bearing lock ring can be tricky to slip into place. I took some extra time and ensured this ring was smooth around the outside edge, and I ensured the same for the torque tube. A very light coat of white grease on these two mating surfaces helped to let this ring slide into place with light taps on the pinion gear.
Patrick Dykes used to imply that he was the exclusive supplier of these 3.55 kits for Chevy/ GMC 1/2-tons. I thought it was his design. Do other parts sellers offer these gear sets? I wonder who actually makes them.