The king pin ripped out of the end of the axle of my 1968 GMC 4500 box
truck. Luckily I was going only 1 mph so no catastrophe. The Axle had
been resleeved just 2 months before which may have weakened the
surrounding metal.... 40 years old and almost 400,000 miles, I can't
understand why it should be worn out .... The problem is where to
find another Axle
This is a 16'box truck with dual rear wheels, 16,000 lb G.V.W. and a
It is an EM 4500 with a 4000 lb front axle. I believe it was called a
FO40 solid beam front axle.
The casting number on the axle is GM 3913707
The distance between spring centers is 32"
The spring width is 2.5"
The distance between the king pin centers across the bottom is 65"
The nut from the drag link to the steering arm on the spindle faces up.
Any suggestions of where to find an axle which would work in this
truck... or where to find a whole new front end which would fit would be
Jonathan Lathrop Have Truck Will Haul Moving Service
Riverdale, Maryland Careful Courteous Reasonable Reliable
Gustav missed me by about 30 miles. Trying to move stuff outta my
shop into the barn , so I have enough room to install the new engine
in the Heritage. It is in the 80s and sunny here, and not being able
to ride now is making me real cranky.
I need to get back in the vb&g. The vegetation here should go dormant
shortly. I thought that I was doing something wrong, but other
people have told me, "No, if you live in Texas, you have to clear
brush, all the time." I got an old JD Model 40 with a 5 foot
shredder, which should free up more time. 'Course, I just had to
replace the Bendix in the starter, and the front fuel tank mounting
bracket, and the sediment bowl, fuel line, the carb draincock, the
load needle,... Other than that its a good tractor. :)
And I got this damned virus in my eyes that causes corneal blindness.
Gotta take trifluridine drops three times a day, and the stuff has to
be kept refrigerated. Been on them for a week, and my vison is
All in all, this stuff keeps me on a really short leash.
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