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Old December 29th, 2010, 07:54 AM   #1
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So I am re-building my '79 Ford D60 front axle, and I find that one of the king pins is loose. After I get the thing out I find that there is a threaded sleeve in the axle that has been very badly tacked in place from the bottom only (see pics below).

I know it's a huge pain to replce the C, so I would like your thoughts on the following idea. The steel sleeve is in good condition, so I am thinking about dressing the sleeve and C both top & bottom and welding it in correctly at both ends...opinions?


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Old December 29th, 2010, 07:59 AM   #2
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Myself I would Tig it in. if you can try and use a center punch to expand the exterior if its really loose. you can also use a punch to expand the face of the hole by center punching a line of marks then pressing the sleeve back in
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Old December 29th, 2010, 08:11 AM   #3
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Take it to a shop that is experienced in welding cast.
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inner c is cast steel so I would bevel both pieces and try not to warp the sleeve piece
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I'd just swap out the inner C. It's already "junk" so just cut it in thirds and it'll just about fall off once you remove the weld. It's going to take just as long to make that iffy fix work than it would be to replace the whole thing. That part of the axle sees very high loading and if it's out of concentricity much at all then it'll also tear up the nylon sleeve that rides on the upper kingpin.

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