Blew up the rear end on my 2000 SS

Charming. I paid 1600 bucks to have it fixed because I needed it fixed fast. How ripped off did I get?
-- lab~rat >:-) Do you want polite or do you want sincere?

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I payed $1200 to get a new Axle, 2 new Inside bearing Seals, a new Hub, and a new Pinion seal on my 4X4 truck last year (1979).... I think $1600 isn't that bad. What did you have done to it?
Regards, Scott

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On Fri, 25 Jun 2004 08:00:11 -0500, "Scott"

New ring and pinion gears. They had the damn thing for a week. -- lab~rat >:-) Do you want polite or do you want sincere?
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You pay a premium for getting it fixed fast. I think anything more than $250 more than the price of parts is a rip off when it comes to rear-end work. These guys do this kind of work all the time and know how to get the backlash set right in a couple tries. Someone that does this as a profession can bang out 3-4 rearends a day. Damn, maybe I should go into that business. That's $1000 a day at my lowball price.
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Mr. Floppy



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On Fri, 25 Jun 2004 09:11:21 -0700, "Mr. Floppy"

They had one guy in the shop that could do the job. I needed tires, so I did the whole shot at once, they said that it was a 7 hour job. -- lab~rat >:-) Do you want polite or do you want sincere?
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I could have replaced the Ring and pinion gear, in less than 7 hours. It's the set up and tooth clearance that would have taken longer for me. but I could probably done it cheaper than that with the right tools.
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On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 08:53:09 -0500, "Scott"

Well damn, next time I'll bring it to your house with some Budwiesers!
Seriously, though, if I didn't have such a big project sitting in my garage right now, I probably would have hunted down a tougher rear end and replaced the whole damn thing.
This weekend I tore up my 66 Elky and have been putting new headers on, tightening up shift linkages, replacing motor mounts... you know, a hundred housekeeping things that should have been done months ago. Without it I rely on the Camaro, and having both of them apart would freak me out a little. -- lab~rat >:-) Do you want polite or do you want sincere?
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Any time I have had all 4 tires changed on my car it only took about 1/2 hour of actual work on their part. It sounds to me like someone went "Oh goody! He needs it NOW! CHA-CHING!"
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On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 13:00:43 -0700, "Mr. Floppy"

Actually, I think they heard me coming down the road with what sounded like a goddam lear jet, rear end whining.
Of course, the good news is my Camaro is a company car, and company maintained. Although I do a lot of the work myself.
The seven hours is what they quoted the rear end at. I don't know, I tend to think that it would probably take me twice the time to do it, and a couple of evenings or the weekend is worth paying someone the labor cost. The fun projects are the ones you WANT to do... -- lab~rat >:-) Do you want polite or do you want sincere?
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Some of those aren't fun at all.
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On Tue, 29 Jun 2004 09:35:25 -0700, "Mr. Floppy"

Well, they start out fun, anyway. My header project was, as usual, a lot more than it appeared on the surface, but those suckers are in and nothing's bent! -- lab~rat >:-) Do you want polite or do you want sincere?
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If you had an auburn differential put in it:
Grinding the case for clearance is a real picnic. When I do then I get $450.00 and $350.00 for a regular setup.
with all the right tools, it usually takes about 4.5 to 5.0 hours on a Spicer type like a GM with side preload shims. Chrysler and Fords are easier. their sides screw in for preload.
Refinish King
PS I hope the Elky is going well? Keep it going, the old metal is getting rarer and rarer. I hate people that trash it. Like farmers Insurance did to the ragtop Camaro in their commercial!

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On Tue, 29 Jun 2004 18:33:48 -0400, "Refinish King"

It's coming along good. Putting headers on it this weekend gave me an opportunity to do some nasty housekeeping under there that I've been putting off for a while. And I actually pulled off a little body work that looks decent.
I may have mentioned, it isn't numbers matching or anything, so I feel like I have some freedom to play with it mechanically. It has a three on the tree that I have decided to leave in it just because hardly anyone sees those any more. But otherwise, I'm moving to the suspension next because it's a floater on the road.
I guess it's nice not being in a hurry. It'll never be a show car, that would ruin the beauty of it for me. I drive it every day and put about twice the miles on it as I do my Camaro. -- lab~rat >:-) Do you want polite or do you want sincere?
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Congratulations on the bodywork!
You can do the floors yourself too, it's not rocket science. as you do it, you get better at in. The trick is learning not to punch through with the mig.
Good luck and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me.
Refinish King
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It cost me almost $1,200 for a new Auburn pro series posi unit, 3.73 ring and pinion set, and a set of forged axles and the guys labor total....... and that is a bullet proof rear set up right there.

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If I had more time I would have put more thought into it and went with a stronger deal. My other car has no AC and it's summer in South Florida! -- lab~rat >:-) Do you want polite or do you want sincere?
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