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Old 11-15-2001, 07:00 PM
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Question rearend for a 29, been sitting for awhile, still good?

I have a 29 Ford rod that I am trying to build. I have a rearend for it but I am not sure if it is the original (not that it matters). The rear end looks like a 33 Ford rear end from a coupe. It has been sitting outside for about 12 years or more.
There is no rust to be seen on the outside but because it has no access plate on the rear I don't know how to look at the guts. Its been sitting with the tires still on so its never touched the ground and has been under thick cover of trees. What do I need to do before hooking this up to the car?

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Old 11-16-2001, 03:08 AM
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At the least, sit it on stands and turn the axles and listen for noisy operation-freedom of movement (including axle bearings) and signs of seal/gasket leakage. If all seems OK, change the fluid and go for it.

You have a 50/50 chance of no damage to the bearings while it sat.
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