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Installing 8N left axle housing

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Al P
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:37 pm    Post subject: Installing 8N left axle housing Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had to replace the rear end housing on my 1950 8N. The replacement housing is stamped 1948 and is not identical to the original but I've been told it should fit.
I've installed the rear end housing on my tractor along with the hydraulic pump, lift assembly, PTO shaft, right axle housing and differential and am attempting to install the left axle housing.
With some difficulty, I was finally able to align the axle shaft with the splines in the differential case and slid the axle housing assembly up to the tractor but am not able to bring it all the way up to the rear end housing. I am able to slide the axle housing onto the studs but can't get it the last 3/4 inch. I can get the axle housing to the point where the studs are flush with the outside of the housing, not quite enough to get nuts started on the studs.
I pulled it off and checked to be sure the differential assembly was all the way in and made a second attempt with the same results. I'm still about 3/4 of an inch from the axle housing making contact with the rear end housing but am unable to slide the assembly further.
The IT shop manual says only to be sure to use the original thickness gasket when re-assembling the unit.
Am I overlooking something? How do I know the differential is all the way in? Having never done this before I'm not sure if I need to get a nut caught on a stud and draw the assembly the final 3/4 inch or if something is not aligned properly. There is also the possibility that the replacement rear end housing is causing the problem. Per the shop manual the left axle housing is the one I should be replacing last but once the differential is slid into the unit there is no way to see if proper clearance exists and if everything is aligned properly because the ring gear obstructs the view.
Can anyone offer any advice?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Installing 8N left axle housing Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You need to post this question on the N Forum. You will get an answer pretty quickly.There is a world of knowlege there. Not much traffic on this one.
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