Author Topic: 1963 fleetwood drive line  (Read 689 times)

Offline marty55cdv

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  • Name: Marty Smith
1963 fleetwood drive line
« on: July 10, 2010, 01:46:52 PM »
  Hello everyone I am working on replacing the U joints on my 63 fleetwood the front joint is the standard unit, the rear joints just past the carrier and at the differential are the "Constant Velocity Type" according to my manual they are serviced as a assembly, is it possible to just replace each joint individually ?  Thanks for any help or info    Marty
Marty Smith
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Offline Dave Shepherd

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Re: 1963 fleetwood drive line
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2010, 04:52:12 PM »
Back in the day the shaft was replaced if the centering ball went bad, today they make parts for this, but I would make sure they need to be done, this is not an easy job.

Offline dadscad

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  • Name: David Thomas CLC #14765
Re: 1963 fleetwood drive line
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2010, 08:41:35 PM »
Find a Motors Manual that covers 63 cars. You'll find step by step instructions on how to remove and replace the CV U-joints. Hopefully, the ball seat and ball are in good condition, if not. you will have to take it to a drive line shop to have the ball machined down to a stud and a new ball pressed onto the turned down stud and buy a new seat kit. Be sure to use the special grease in the ball socket or you may be back in there re-doing the ball and socket.

I have done these in the past and like Dave said, it is not an easy task. Be sure to mark each piece before you separate it so yo can re-assemble in the same position. It will be easier if you have a press of some sort rather than using a hammer to drive things apart. If in doubt take it to a drive line shop and have them do it.

Good luck,
Enjoy The Ride,
David Thomas CLC #14765
1963 Coupe deVille


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