Driveshaft disconnect


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Driveshaft disconnect

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Hi, I'm trying to disconnect the drive shaft on my '77 and was wondering if anyone had a picture plus some advice on how to do it. I've read that there's a circlip? on the engine side of the u-joint but not sure how I go about removing that. Do I need a special tool for that? Thanks for the help,

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smshnick wrote:Hi, I'm trying to disconnect the drive shaft on my '77 and was wondering if anyone had a picture plus some advice on how to do it. I've read that there's a circlip? on the engine side of the u-joint but not sure how I go about removing that. Do I need a special tool for that? Thanks for the help,

Nick
Yes you need a special tool and even then it's a bitch.

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Not a special tool as such, but you do need a pair of 90degree external circlip pliers with a good length to the jaws. With them, it's not that hard.
'Impossible' is just a level of difficulty! The only stupid question is the one you didn't ask first!

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Old Fogey wrote:Not a special tool as such, but you do need a pair of 90degree external circlip pliers with a good length to the jaws. With them, it's not that hard.
Most people don't have that in their tool box and for new users it can be quite the learning experience using them.
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SnoBrdr wrote:
Old Fogey wrote:Not a special tool as such, but you do need a pair of 90degree external circlip pliers with a good length to the jaws. With them, it's not that hard.
Most people don't have that in their tool box and for new users it can be quite the learning experience using them.
Yes, that's very true. :oops:
Guys like me that have had them forever tend to forget what the start of learning to do mechanical things and acquiring tools was like.
And even with all the mirriad tools I have, I still had to go buy a pair with long enough jaws to do that job, a good while back!
'Impossible' is just a level of difficulty! The only stupid question is the one you didn't ask first!

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You also need a good heavy duty set of circlip pliers. A cheapy set isn't strong enough to remove a large clip.
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Surprisingly that circlip isn't all that strong, and the access to it is limited so a standard pair will do the job. In fact, looking at the ones I use, I remembered that I had bent the jaws fractionally to more than 90 degrees so that they could get in there more easily.

However, you might not need heavy duty, but the mantra my engineering journeyman had is the best:

" cheap tools are the most expensive things you can buy!"
'Impossible' is just a level of difficulty! The only stupid question is the one you didn't ask first!

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Old Fogey wrote:Surprisingly that circlip isn't all that strong, and the access to it is limited so a standard pair will do the job. In fact, looking at the ones I use, I remembered that I had bent the jaws fractionally to more than 90 degrees so that they could get in there more easily.

However, you might not need heavy duty, but the mantra my engineering journeyman had is the best:

" cheap tools are the most expensive things you can buy!"
I will often buy cheap tools to modify when I know they have a single use, or at least a single purpose. I've got drawers full of "custom tools" like this - Harbor Freight cheapies that I bent, ground or otherwise modified for a single purpose, that I will pull out once every few years when I am performing that same thing again.
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Ah, that's a slightly different thing. Needing one-off's like that eventually are a fact of life, and a cheaper (or rather, cheaper) tool is fine. But my comment was aimed at folk that are starting to build up their standard tool kit, as their knowledge and expertise improves.
The cost and quality of tools varies enormously for the same tool; do your homework on the various manufacturers and always try to buy the best that you can afford for a tool that is going to see regular use (socket sets for example).
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Somehow I remembered that circlip being difficult to remove. Might have been the angle that was the problem. ??? I have a batch of cheapy tools that have either broken, bent or not worked properly. I keep them to remind me. Case in point. The last tool I purchased from HF was a 1/4 inch torque wrench.... Garbage....and I knew better when I bought it.
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dingdong wrote:Somehow I remembered that circlip being difficult to remove. Might have been the angle that was the problem. ??? I have a batch of cheapy tools that have either broken, bent or not worked properly. I keep them to remind me. Case in point. The last tool I purchased from HF was a 1/4 inch torque wrench.... Garbage....and I knew better when I bought it.
The old adage, you get what you pay for is never truer than with hand tools.


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