Differential Drain plug

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  1. GLRnTX

    GLRnTX Member

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    Anyone have any good ideas on how to remove a stubborn diff. drain plug? Over 60+ years of service, the square nut has seen better days. It's rounded off pretty good and I cannot get a good grab on it. I thought of grinding a slot in it, but I don't know if I will end up cutting a hole in it.

    I am going to remove the cover to replace the gasket, so maybe I deal with it off the truck??:confused:


    Greg
     
  2. 2tons of fun

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    drill out the center and as much as you can, then bust the remainder out with a chisle.
     
  3. Kens 50 PU

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    If you're going the remove the cover anyway, remove it first, then use a good penetrating oil on both sides of the plug, and then horse it off. The problem with drilling through it or grinding it with the cover on, is that you might inadvertently get metal shavings in the pumpkin that will give you problems down the road (literally). Always keep the innerds clean!;)
     
  4. bigtimjamestown

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    If you have a welder or access to one you could plug weld a 5/8" nut to the plug then use a socket to back out the plug. The heat will also draw the oil inside the rear end in to the threads and make it easier to back out the plug.
     
  5. Blueflame236

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    Great advice

    This advice is great.

    I had to deal with the same operation and succeded very easely.

    Martinius.

     
  6. Flashlight

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    If you can get it out don't worry about its condition or try to re-use it. Our host sells them for a replacement for a couple bucks each.

    Flashlight
     
  7. Thunder54

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    How I wrangled my drain plug

    My drain plug must have been in about the same shape as yours. I took out my plumbing wrenches and put some torque on he plug by clenching down on the big washer like edge and using a sligt bit of propane torch heat to warm things a bit.

    It broke fairly easily, then spun right out. I cleaned it up on my bench wheel and still use it.

    May have not been the mechanic's choice, but it worked for me im my back yard.

    Jim:cool:
     

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  8. GLRnTX

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    Whi didn't I think of that...?

    Thanks Jim,

    A pipe wrench! That's something I can sink my teeth into. It's got a built-in breaker bar. I'll give it a try asap.



    Greg
     
  9. vwnate1

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    Huh

    Shouldn't that be ' right lane special '.....? :rolleyes:
     
  10. Thunder54

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    Right again Nate

    Patrick calls his 355:1 ring and pinion set-up "the left lane special". You are closer to correct the way most folks drive these days.

    Jim:rolleyes:
     

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    It's Cool !

    I like it anyways , I always like the little detail things like the ' passing side ' & ' suicide ' on the back of my '49 , replete with a skull on the ' suicide ' side :p
     
  12. Kens 50 PU

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    You mean like this?

    hall_nathan_1949_01.jpg

    ;):D:cool::p:D And blue dots to boot! I like it!
     
  13. vwnate1

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    Just So !

    And you'll notice those Blue dots are Cobalt Blue glass ones in original Guide lenses...... :p

    yes , it's a serious P.O.C. but I like it just fine ! :)

    Where didja find that old picture ? .
     
  14. Kens 50 PU

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    Same place I found this one!

    hall_nathan_1949_02.jpg

    You posted them on the Stovebolt site back in '03!;)
     
  15. ol' chebby

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    Nice truck, Nate. You should post more pic.s of it. Give us the tour!
     
  16. vwnate1

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    The White Knight

    Not much to see , a basic 1949 3100 that's been in continuous Commercial Service for 67 years now....

    A 1957 235 and a 35 Amp. Delcotron alternator , otherwise bone stock and has the dents , rust and scars to prove it :D

    Nothing special about it .

    Huck brakes :(

    (rhymes with ' suck ' ya know)
     
  17. GLRnTX

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    I've been hijacked!

    Since my thread was hijacked, I just thought I would let everyone know the pipe wrench worked great.

    Not that anyone remembers what the original thread was about....:cool:



    Greg
     
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    That's funny shit!! I was thinking the same thing this morning. lol :eek:
     
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    I know ! I know !!

    (hand in the air , jumping like a 5 year old doing the peepee dance)

    It was something about an old beat up truck , right ? :rolleyes: :p

    :)
     
  20. ol' chebby

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    Nothing to see? That thing looks great. Lets see more pic.s.......unless you're scared?????
     

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