Frustrated with AMC 20
Hey all, I'm a newbie to the forum and to jeeps in general. Thanks to this forum, I have just finished up a frame off resto on my 83 CJ-7. I will show build later on a build thread. The issue I currently have is as follow:
So excited that she was road worthy, I took my son for a ride around the neighborhood. As the tranny shifted into 2nd, I heard a terrible grinding noise, with a shake in the rear end. To stop you here, I have 1 piece axles, and I rebuilt my 700r4, and had a tranny shop verify the tranny was built right. I was not in the gas at all.
I was still able to drive, and the tranny shifted to 3rd with out any problems. When I stopped at a stop sign, I went through the gears again and the same sound was heard, ONLY in 2nd, and it felt as though my passenger wheel was "spinning". It shifted fine into 3rd. I decided to step on it and see if the tranny would down shift into 2nd, it did, made that noise again and felt like wheel spin again.
I took a video of the issue and shared it with my tranny guy. He said that he put the tranny under his truck and it drove fine, but I had a little water in the tranny fluid, so he did a fluid swap, and drove it a few days, and swapped fluid again. Then he replaced into my jeep and drove it again. All the while he had no issues. When he watched and listened to the video he said, its spun the hub on the factory 2 piece axle, he was sure of it.
I pulled the axle tonight, and it is for sure a 1 piece. It even has a recessed area on the face of it with an M and I believe #'s 666.... don't like that number.
Anyway, the tapered bearings look good, but there is like a 3/8 space between my bearing, seal, seal retainer and Brake backing plate. I am able to spin the seal, retainer and backing plate.
Is the bearing not pressed down far enough? How far do you press it onto the axle. I purchased a new axle 1 piece kit, and am going to have the bearings and such pressed on.
I have pictures but do not know how to attach them to the site. I would be happy to text anyone the pics if they wish to post them until I figure out how too.
I have a very healthy 350 SBC, 700r4, 4:10 gears and 33x12.50 tires.
I appreciate you guys/gals greatly- Powerplay
83 CJ-7, 5.7 SBC, 700r4, 33 x 12.50: resto completed 10/25/13