Monday, March 15, 2010

The U Joint hall of shame

As someone famous once said; a man's got to know his limitations. Well I just found another one of mine. I spent 10 1/2 hours on Saturday trying to rebuild a $250 U Joint and the pictures show what I ended up with for my efforts. Not much!!! I did manage to give myself a sore throat from cursing so much.

I started at 4.30 p.m. and didn't leave my shop 'til 3 a.m. With the time change it was 4 a.m.

I'm not usually one to worry about advertising my failings but I was tempted to keep this level of stupidity under wraps. My only excuse is that I drank a Cappuccino and had a sugary snack from Starbucks beforehand and caffeine to me is like speed to normal people.

Today I cleaned up the evidence so I can pretend it never happened.


  1. Love the vise handle shot! Funny, I used the same "limitations" quote yesterday, but it was in reference to Froz knowing drunkenness and skateboarding do not merge painlessly.

  2. What kind of combined UJ-shaft is that!?
    I think its a 1/2 axle from an Austin Alegro.
    No wonder it's giving you agro.

    The one you need is 2 separate male-female slide together pieces
    (well a 3some if you include the grooved tube that connects it to the rear drive).

    You can't (mortal man included) rebuild those U-Js anyway.
    If there is ANY slack in it, its time to just chuck it on the paddy wagon. It's a 'non serviceable item' in modern garage parlance.

    "The sugary snack made me do it" I'll have to remember that one.


  3. Someone gave me 2 brand new Convert Automatic UJ's and I was attempting to splice on 2 female ends. Long story. They are rebuildable if you know what you're doing. Definitely makes more sense to chuck them if you don't have the tools/skills.

    "sorry love my penis fell into another woman but the sugary snack made me do it" won't fly Ben.

  4. you attempted to splice on 2 female ends? what are we talking about here?

  5. yeah I already tried that Sugary snack get-out clause & received a kick between the goal posts.

    Did you know you can use Convert rear boxes if you want to up your gearing (top speed)?


  6. I did. The splines are different so you have to weld 1/2 a regular coupler to 1/2 a Convert coupler. The gearing is very high though. the 8:33 from an EV is better. I have a nifty gearing calculator that shows final speed based on gear set, tyre size, revs etc. I'll send it to you.

    How's Brissle??