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My 60 Electra 225 Convertible

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ADAM, I just went back to the start of this thread and read all the way through. Great work! I love the way you're keeping the car roadworthy, while making huge gains in its condition. That interior is spectacular. At the pace you're going, it won't be long before we see rust repair and some shiny paint. And of course, some underhood Smartinizing.

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No doubt, Lance.  I may do a quickie just to get me through the stage before I do all the body work.  It's pretty ugly under the hood.

You never do a quickie, it will be beautiful I am sure

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Wheels and tires were dropped off to the tire place to get mounted and balanced...with the weights on the back/inside of the wheel.

 

Thanks to my neighbor for being my errand boy today.  I am stuck out of town at work all week.

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My right rear axle seal was leaking, so I ordered another one from CARS.  Annnnnd the wrong one came.  Now I have a car sitting on jack stands until I can get a local supplier to get the right one on Tuesday.

 

But I was able to get the blue gunk cleaned off the tires before the 2" of rain started this morning...and managed to mount one wheel before I found the axle issue.

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It is all white...the lower section is ribbed aluminum trim found only on the Electra 225 models.  I think the biggest reason I went with the red was because of the interior.  They were black previously.  And crusty crusty crusty...

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Oops, I guess because the ribbed mouldings usually reflect the pavement, I thought the lower part of your car was painted dark brown. I like it even better now!

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Wow, I haven't updated this in a while.  Probably because I haven't actually done anything to it...except add a RH mirror last month!

 

I took it to our big Easter car show in Forest Park.  I believe I hear a U joint starting to chatter, now.  I am looking in the CARS catalog and they call out two types:  Saginaw and Spicer.  How do I know which one I have?

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I ordered both...plus a bunch of other stuff to install before Allentown.

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My mini project before I rip the rear end out of the car.  I have it on jacks with the wheels off already, but am dreading all the rusty bolts and dirt/rust/scale showers I'll be getting trying to wrestle the assembly out.

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Make sure you keep those pristine whitewalls clean! My brother has a 1960 Impala with those wide whites and having done work on it, I know how that goes!

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So I ordered both types of U joints....both were wrong.  Sometimes I don't even know why I try.

 

So now I am on the hunt for a correct U joint...apparently this is a difficult item to find.  I need one with an inside snap ring.  Caps are 1.062" dia, and the measurement from snap ring to snap ring is 2.620".

 

Project on hold for parts. 

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U joint found!  NAPA part number UJ 433 ...it will be here Wednesday.

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FAIL.

 

It's the same one that came from CARS.

 

Sooooo, I hit up the ol' computer again.  Found a Spicer 5-1203X that has the exact specs I am looking for, and is made for both outside and inside snap rings.  Ordered, will be here Monday-ish.

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Is there any possibility this was the wrong one to begin with?  Would the others fit?

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The yoke is not machined for the outside snap rings.  So it must have inside snap rings to be retained.  The u joints that have been sold to me with inside snap rings are too big for the yoke by 1/16", but the one CARS sent me with outside snap rings is the correct diameter. 

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4 u-joints later, I have one that fits.  It took a minor adjustment, but I now have a complete assembly.  It will probably go back together this weekend.

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