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Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1217351 Mon May 15 2017 04:16 AM
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ArtA Offline
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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.


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Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1217369 Mon May 15 2017 06:14 AM
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Cletis Offline
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I hand made a tool using steel bar stock and a couple of bolts.


"It's just a phase. He'll grow out of it." Mama, 1964

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1953 Chevy 6100 "The Yard dog"
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Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1217377 Mon May 15 2017 01:48 PM
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showkey Offline
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Very large 90* bent long nose pliers works great for the adjustment as quick one time solution.

Homemade tool with properly spaced pins is another option as mentioned.

Last edited by showkey; Mon May 15 2017 01:49 PM.
Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1217387 Mon May 15 2017 02:36 PM
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tclederman Offline
Boltergeist
Here is the. tool. I'll ship it to anyone who sends a $50 deposit refunded when the tool is returned (less shipping cost).

Maybe someone closer to you has a tool. Patrick's used to provide the tool in his installation kit, but he has become increasingly less reliable.

The tool is in Classic Parts' installation kit.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1217420 Mon May 15 2017 06:42 PM
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showkey Offline
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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.

Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1294099 Wed Jan 09 2019 04:31 AM
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bootstrap Offline
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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 .

Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1294243 Thu Jan 10 2019 03:01 PM
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tom moore Offline
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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.

Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1294271 Thu Jan 10 2019 05:47 PM
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tclederman Offline
Boltergeist
Congratulations, Tom


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1294277 Thu Jan 10 2019 06:33 PM
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Frank50 Offline
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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.


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Re: NEW!!! 3:55 Gear Installation Technical Article [Re: SWEET] #1294328 Thu Jan 10 2019 11:50 PM
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tclederman Offline
Boltergeist
At one time, Patrick Dykes was the only supplier.

One of our members, Mother.Trucker, has also been a supplier for several years.

MT obtains his sets on his own, from a (foreign) manufacturer.

One photo below shows boxes of those R&P stacked to ceiling.

Attached Files
MT ring pinion.jpg (173.29 KB, 68 downloads)
MT in warehouse IMG_0981.JPG (92.25 KB, 68 downloads)
MT 3.55 in styrofoam box Img_3704.jpg (84.34 KB, 68 downloads)
MT RandP close-up Img_3696.jpg (113.05 KB, 66 downloads)

Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
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