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Got the axle seals done yesterday, buuuuuuuuuutttt…….
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It looks like I’m going to need get the entire rear end rebuilt.  The axle shaft on the driver side is pretty bad.  There’s quite the groove where it rides in the bearing.  The bearing is also showing signs of wear.  It rolls just fine, but the the rollers are starting to spall.  I put it back together with the hopes of taking it for one last ride this season and hopefully limp it along for a while next summer before heading into the CAC.  This is my excuse for adding a limited slip, though.  I’ve priced out the stuff I need from Quick Performance and it looks to be about $750 in parts, not counting fluid.  This is a project I’m not too keen on tackling by myself.  I’m sure I could figure it out, but I’d rather not.  Any advice from anyone?



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A complete 10 bolt axle assembly can be had for around $100. Since yours needs everything, it would make sense to buy a used axle and have it built over the winter. Then next spring you can just swap it out on a week end. MUCH easier to do with the axle out of the car too.
Your price of $750 includes new axles, the posi carrier and gears, all bearings and seals ? Seems reasonable, if not on the low side.
There are people in the club with experience setting up gears and may be willing to help/do it. I'll let them reply and not "volunteer" them...razz



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Another low cost alternative would be to install the axle saver bearings. They locate the rollers outboard enough to run on unworn axle surface. I have them in my '66 and haven't driven it much, but it did make 7 passes down a drag strip last summer with times in the low 13's on street tires. No issues with breaking.

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The $750 included everything.  Gears, posi carrier, bearings, seals, axles.  If I wanted to spend a bit more, I could get the diff cover with the stud girdle.  I’m going to rock the OEM piece, though.  It’s still in good shape.



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Axle savers seem to be normal for a 'quick fix'.  I've removed a couple of sets of them from rear ends that I had rebuilt.

I've had good experience with Quick Performance.  They seem to be about the most competitive price on name brand (mostly Yukon) parts, and I had their 10 bolt gear set, posi, and rebuild kit installed in a 400 HP Malibu with no issues.

Not sure you can pick up $100 10 bolts anymore dunno...they're out there if you get lucky, but with 12 bolts going up a lot in price, 10 bolts seem to be following that trend but on a smaller scale, and there just aren't as many out there anymore, like 12 bolts.  Most of the 10 bolts I've seen that are complete are selling for around $250 now.  Makes sense using what you've got since you know it's condition now IMO.



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funny thing about 10-bolts... you can't give them away when you have one, and can't find one when you need one.

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I rebuilt my 12 bolt with no previous experience,  but with help from the guys here, Tom’s Differential, and Tom Lowe from IA.  I rebuilt my 10 bolt with Dana posi and much help from Bob Wall.  I have a spare 12 bolt and a spare 10 bolt,  but not looking to sell.  Your 68 10 bolt is a little different than 67 or earlier 10 bolts.  Make sure your housing is not bent,  I had mine checked and straighten in Zumbrota, mn.  A lot of work to clean and paint, unless tou take it to a powder coat shop that will blast, Etsy and paint.  get the axel assembly  out of the car, hopefully someone can loan you a assembly to put in the car while you dive into this job.



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Derek69SS wrote:

funny thing about 10-bolts... you can't give them away when you have one, and can't find one when you need one.


 Exactly .....rolleyes



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I got in touch with Jamie Munter in the club and it sounds like he has a spare 10 bolt from a 71 or 72.

 



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