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  1. I am still on the fence...I need to figure out how to make my freshly blasted rear tube section look like it wasn't blasted LOL
  2. The differential looks pretty good. I suppose it was a lack of lubrication from the get-go that killed this one. It looks like there was never an ounce of grease on the splines...ever.
  3. While cleaning off the scuzz from the torque tube on my Roadmaster, I discovered some factory paint stripes that might be of interest to some. I also see that there is not a trace of any black paint on it at all. Contrary to what I have always believed... What I haven't seen yet, is if I can find any trace of black paint on the rear end or long strut arms that run diagonally from the wheels to the center of the torque tube. In my haste to clean the parts up, I mistakenly blasted the short part of tube clean, losing any bare metal appearance that could have been preserved. Nonetheless, I think I will still paint all of these parts black to protect them, but I will recreate the paint stripes I have found. The darker stripe is a straight blue, but it appears very dark or black in the photos. One of the stripes appears to be half red and half yellow. If the tube was cleaner, like had no rust, I would try to preserve the bare metal appearance.
  4. I am working on an order now. I'll go ahead and get one to be safe. I also did some cleaning on the long portion of the torque tube this evening, finding some cool factory markings and a very distinct lack of black paint.
  5. Yes...driveshaft will come out of tube. If u-joint in in good shape I will run it. And yes, they are two pieces with a rear joint.
  6. Doubtful, but I will probably rob the entire driveshaft from the parts car so I don't have to replace the u-joint....assuming the u-joint in the parts car isn't trashed.
  7. I may or may not have been swayed by the powers of the 57 lines.
  8. I have a complete roadmaster parts car sitting in my yard 😁
  9. Absolutely...that’s assuming there isn’t another problem lurking after I reassemble it. I hope I can cobble the parts car back together enough to move it around the property after I swap these driveshafts. I may have to get creative 😁
  10. That was my first thought LOL
  11. Well here we go. I couldn't wait, and my plans for this evening never materialized...rear end is out and driveshaft is off. I knew there was an issue when I could turn the driveshaft and the wheels didn't spin. The female splines on the driveshaft that slide over the splines on the rear end are almost completely ground off. I just hope this is the only issue.
  12. I'll close out this thread by answering the question of "what was it?" It's the female splined part of the driveshaft that slides over the splines on the rear end. Teeth are almost gone. 😒
  13. I shuffled a few cars around today to get this one (hopefully) fixed and back on the road ASAP. Here is the noise I’m hearing. It’s coming from the rear u-joint area I think. I’ll try to have it taken apart sometime this weekend to confirm.
  14. Before the bitter cold sets in today, I jacked up the rear end off the ground and had my wife spin the tires by hand. It definitely sounds like it's coming from the rear u-joint section, or even the pumpkin. Not 100% sure yet. I guess I can keep my fingers crossed that it's not the transmission at this point, until I can figure out what the lovely noise is at the rear u-joint.
  15. Interesting how most peoples' opinions on the club are based on local chapter experiences. Although, to me, that was also a deciding factor on whether I should join or not. The Gateway chapter had, and still has, a very active membership. That is part of what keeps people coming. Getting the right people, and enough people, to cultivate the local chapter culture is the challenge.
  16. Thanks for the suggestions and thoughts, guys. I think I needed some other insight on this..
  17. Just bought the car...symptoms are as follows... When I first started the car, there was no noise, but the car was sold to me as "transmission is out." He said it felt like it was stuck between gears. I was hoping it would be a linkage issue or something. So I started it, ran great. Upon putting it in any gear, it sounded like it was grinding a gear and not engaging fully. Car never moved, but the speedometer was spinning. I put it back into park, but the noise did not go away, nor did it re-engage back into park. I pulled the linkage off the trans to make sure it was fully in Park, then reconnected and there was no adjustment made to I know the linkage is not boogered up. I also removed the inspection cover to make sure convertor teeth or bolts weren't loose or beating on the bellhousing or something. Aside from removing the transmission and taking it to me trans guy, is there something else I should look for before blowing this thing apart?
  18. A broken axle or driveshaft won’t make noise with the transmission in park, though. I will start another thread.
  19. I've never figured out an easy way to line up those blind/blank splines. I remember fighting my 58 Limited's connection there, and it was nothing more than an engine and trans into an open chassis. Then I finally found out it has a blank spline. DOH!
  20. Maybe I’ll drop the pan before I blow the car apart to remove the transmission.
  21. Nice Thanks for sharing the photo. I got the car off the trailer today and investigated the trans problem a bit. It will not go into park at all. And it is making a gear-like noise when the car is pushed around. I jacked up the car and removed the shift linkage, made sure it was in park all the way, and the linkage still lined up perfectly. So it's not that. I removed the inspection cover and all looks good in there. It looks like this is a pretty major mechanical problem inside the transmission. It will have to wait until I can get it in one of the garages so I can yank it out and send it to my transmission guy. hopes of an easy fix have vaporized. 😐 I did try to start the car again, and it was making the same gear skipping noise, like it wasn't quite engaging a sprocket. Oddly enough, the speedometer was moving. So something was moving inside there at hte tailshaft. I hope the splines aren't stripped in the yoke or driveshaft. Although, I do have a complete parts car sitting in the yard.........
  22. The one I had done was painted with epoxy or something similar, for durability.
  23. I really hope that's the case. It will probably be a couple weeks before I get a chance to look at it, since the snow continually seems to be coming. I currently don't have a garage spot for it. There are three 57 Buick Roadmaster 75's here, a 72 GSX and a 72 GS Stage1. Plus my two drivers. Woof.
  24. That's the plan. I started it today, ran really smoothly once everything was circulating. You could tell it had been sitting for a bit. I tried to put it in gear and heard an awful grinding noise, like the convertor teeth were grinding on the trans bell. I shut it off and put the cover on it. In other news, most of the power items work!