December 22, 2012 at 9:28 am #234434
Family business has kept me away from working on the car for almost 6 months. So it’s just been sitting on blocks waiting:
This forum gave me the contact for Rick Drake who is apparently the only person in North America rebuilding these drive shaft carriers. I sourced a replacement from him. Here’s a look at the old carrier:
And a look and the cutout in the transmission tunnel required to access the drive shaft:
It’s been six months since I pulled out the old shaft and I’m trying to remember how well the carrier fit over the frame. Currently I have about 3/4″ space between the frame and the stamped metal part:
I also have theses spacers that came out of the old installation:
Who on this forum has successfully replaced this part in a BCW Chevette based replica and will give me some advice?
I’m suspicious that a previous owner had tried to repair the carrier bearing because the transmission hump was already cut out and there were odd makeshift spacers at the transmission mount. I suspect that the transmission was raised to try and eliminate the play, to no success. This plate I cut out looks pretty bad for a replica shop such as BCW:
oldroadie 2012-12-22 09:36:33March 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm #253510
I hate to leave business unfinished. This week I completed the carrier bearing/drive shaft replacement. That included installing the new transmission mount plate, leveling the tranny in the process. Then I fibreglassed the interior parts back into place, reinstalled the interior and handed the now well running, good shifting car off to Joel, the new owner. Done.March 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm #253511billnpartsParticipant
Beautiful…One less MG up on blocks.
Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
Autocross & Hillclimb
"Drive Happy"March 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm #253512edward ericsonParticipant
Congrats, Edward. Sorry no one here could help with your carrier question. So did it need spacers/bushings or was it bolted right to the frame?March 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm #253513
I ended up copying the larger spacer and installing one on each side. It made a very solid feeling mounting, I sure wanted to drive the car further to see how it felt.oldroadie2013-03-20 09:18:20May 8, 2013 at 9:08 am #253514Dan ReichowParticipant
I am need of the drive shaft rebuilt can you send me the contact for Rick Drake to rebuild my shaftMay 8, 2013 at 9:09 am #253515Dan ReichowParticipant
In need of Rick Drakes number I have a shaft in need of rebuilding thanks danMay 8, 2013 at 9:30 am #253516Larry MurphyParticipant
Dan, If you go to the internet and search for Rick Drake Chevette Forum., his email address is there .You may need to join the Chevette forum to communicate with him but I saw a post dated May 6 where he responded to a question so I know he is still active.Best wishes on your repair.May 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm #253517ray10Participant
Here you go, Rick drake info.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-876-3075
Also a local shop can put new parts in for you.
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