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 Post subject: Cv shaft question
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 6:27 am 
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I just bought what I'm talking is a 77 luv 4x4. (Didn't know they had 4x4s in 77 but...) anyways I noticed one cv shaft was missing when I bought it. Is it OK to drive without one in?


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 Post subject: Re: Cv shaft question
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:54 pm 
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Without the CV axle the differential and hub have an open hole, lube can get out, contamination can get in. A CV will be nearly impossible to find, as will anything you may ruin driving it without the differential & hub sealed.
'79 was the first year for 4x4 LUVs, it could have had a '77 body mated to a later 4x4 frame/drivetrain and then registered as a '77 since all the ID numbers are on the body. You need to know the year of the frame/drivetrain when buying replacement parts, there were a few differences between model years.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:54 am 
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Impossible to find. I've been looking since November. Many rebuilt ones show compatibility. I've been shipped 6. No 2 the same. None worked. Hate to be so negative.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:28 am 
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Ok well that stinks. Is there a way to seal it so crappie won't get in there? I don't NEED 4wd but would like to drive it. Can I switch the spindles to make it 2wd or is there more to it? Thanks!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:05 am 
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Luvmy77 wrote:
Ok well that stinks. Is there a way to seal it so crappie won't get in there? I don't NEED 4wd but would like to drive it. Can I switch the spindles to make it 2wd or is there more to it? Thanks!

You can get the boot kits on ebay. Cheap not sure how that would help


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 Post subject: Re: Cv shaft question
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:29 am 
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Yeah the problem is I only have 1 of 2 cv shafts. The truck didn't come with the other one.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:12 am 
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Did you have any luck finding a CV axle? I noticed napa has some on their website, not sure if it is the right part or not. It looks like the right one from the pictures. I have to get my CV axles either rebuilt or replaced before I can use my 4wd... the boots are shot and have been for years.

https://www.napaonline.com/napa/en/p/NM ... 0208806284

Not sure if that link will work or not. Napa part number NMD 959353.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:46 am 
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NAPA sent me 6 different axles that showed compatible. None worked. I LUV my truck, and now I can't drive the damn thing till March.


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