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10-31-2004, 11:03 PM
I achieved one of my home shop machining goals today. I shortened and re-splined a Dana 44 front inner shaft. This is something I've wanted to do for a long time. Here's the results:


And the shaft inside the mating part:

Weirdscience - thanks for answering my question about the tool to turn the shaft to size. It worked great. I got a good finish on the sealing surface with it too.

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10-31-2004, 11:12 PM
Dang Nutter, that is one fine job. I'm going to start sending all my axle jobs to you! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

11-01-2004, 03:08 AM
.............Man! That looks just like real :-).


G.A. Ewen
11-01-2004, 08:11 AM
Verrrry nice! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//cool.gif

What kind of cutter did you use for the job?

11-01-2004, 09:00 AM
Yeah, what kind of cutter did you use!
I'd like to narrow the rear end in my
race car someday.

Michael Az
11-01-2004, 09:39 AM
Very nice work Nutter!

11-01-2004, 09:46 AM
Last one I did, I filed for "hours" fixing my poor tooling..

What kind of cutter did you use?

Looks good.

I keep wanting to use the shaper.. if I ever get power dropped the 3 feet to it.. (ran a conduit last week)

David Cofer, Of:
Tunnel Hill, North Georgia

Paul Gauthier
11-01-2004, 11:11 AM
Nice Job Nutter.

Paul G.

11-01-2004, 07:39 PM
Thanks for the nice words!

Here's the cutter:
I got the cutter from a guy on the Pirates of the Rubicon web site. It's a 4x4 site. Here's the URL to the thread where he's selling them http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=219732

The cutter uses 3 TPG 321 inserts and has a 3/4" shank. Setup was surprisingly easy.

Here's my setup :

And the home made 30 position index plate:

The index plate was part of a Jeep Cherokee rotor in it's earlier life. It was cut off, bored to fit and I cut the notches with a 3/8" endmill in my M-head Bridgeport. Indexing for the cuts was done on a horizontal rotary table with a dial graduated to minutes on the handle. Seems to be plenty accurate.

11-01-2004, 09:32 PM
Excellent!Glad I could be of help.

Thanks for the link to the cutter,might just get one myself.

Wait a minute,just dawned on what cutter it is,more to follow.

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