Originally Posted by JerseyDriver
I notice that a lot of guys prop up their axles on jacks like you did in this pic. Why do you do that? Is there any reason in particular other than not wanting the cover to leak any fluid? I have mine just sitting on a pallet and I'm wondering if I should be storing it some other way?
btw... Great progress. Your having a welder come to you? A friend or a pro? How much that running you if you don't mind me asking?
Also, are you gonna weld the axle tubes? http://www.4x4wire.com/jeep/tech/axle/ford8_8/
Not sure why everyone else does it but my reason is simple. Although I'm a short guy (5' 6") I like to sit on a chair while I do brakes, or mess with the diff and diff cover. And as well it makes it easier when you cut off the brackets that are no longer needed. You can just spin the whole axle housing on the jack stands and position it anyway that makes it easy to do w/e is needed.
Welding-yes trying to find a welder to borrow so I can tack it all up and bring it to a busy that is good at welding. A case of beer is cheaper than most people that are travel welders! And yes definitely welding the tubes! I've read about this a few times and I'm taking the advice! I'd rather take the time and do it once than do it again. Since this project has been in the works since March, and I'm just now getting around to doing it. Why so long? Well just trying to do all the research I can to make it easier and I'm here to tell you it's paying off. I'm only $290 in the hole for this project and all I have left to do is weld! I couldn't be happier!