Axle Removal

I have a chevy truck that someone has put an open driveline in. The partnumbers on the pumpkin are 3725889 and it also says GM22 and H181. There is not a removable rear cover.
Do the axles come out with a slide hammer or is there another tool? I assume there are no snap rings or pins.
tnx,
ecurbnosre
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What year truck? 1/2T, 3/4T...??? 4x4, 2x4...???
ALLOT more details are needed please!
| I have a chevy truck that someone has put an open driveline in. The | partnumbers on the pumpkin are 3725889 and it also says GM22 and H181. | There is not a removable rear cover. | | Do the axles come out with a slide hammer or is there another tool? I | assume there are no snap rings or pins. | | tnx, | | ecurbnosre |
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re: question on what year truck.....
It is a '54 Chevy but the rear end is from a later model with an open driveline.
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...what's an 'open driveline'...???
| re: question on what year truck..... | | It is a '54 Chevy but the rear end is from a later model with an open | driveline. |
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I think he means that the stock driveline in '54 had the driveshaft enclosed in a pipe that ran from the transmission to the rear end. The pipe didn't spin - the driveshaft inside it did. In '55 the driveshaft became a separate link between the tranny and the rear end. Some people call it "open driveline" as opposed to "closed" in the pipe. .

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OK...I gotcha! I was thinking that but wasn't at all sure.
| > | re: question on what year truck..... | > | | > | It is a '54 Chevy but the rear end is from a later model with an open | > | driveline. | > | | > | > | |
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'54 half ton 2 wheel drive.
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On most you remove the brake drums and the four bolts that hold the axle retainer to the axle flange. The brake backing plate is sandwiched in there too. Then the axles will come out and you can remove the pumpkin. If the axles are stuck, you can put the brake drum on backwards, install three wheel nuts backwards and use the drum as a slide hammer to get the axle started. Be sure to have the truck on safety stands. Do not beat on the drums with a hammer.
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Do these pics help in trying to identify your rear end?
http://www.prestage.com/Tech+Info/Rear+Axles/Identifying+Rear+Axles/default.aspx .

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Here's another site to help.
http://www.drivetrain.com/GMtrkratio_posidata.html#differential%20cover .

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http://truckparts-specialists.com/catalog/differentials/axle-and-differential-picture-guide.htm .

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I thought he said the rear cover did not come off???
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After removing the four bolts I used to use atleast a 12 ft. heavy pull chain attached to one of the studs give her a snap an the axel comes flying out right at you.

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