Only because I choose to look on the bright side.
Removed one diff from under the beaut ute yesterday. Pulled off the backing plate, drained oil into a large tub and then heard a splat sound. Immediately I went ” OH FUCK”. As i looked into the tub of oil I could see a large piece of metal, sure enough on closer inspection its a piece of the crown wheel they call it, from inside the diff…….NOT GOOD.
Later model Holden’s come out with two sorts of Rear Differentials, they are either whats called a 10 Bolt Salisbury or a Banjo. the Banjo diff first materialised in the HQ series and is weaker than the 10 bolt. Whats good about the Banjo is you can simply remove the diff centre , which is all one piece and replace it, or the axles if required. this also lets you change the Differential ratio as well. For slotting behind a 6 cylinder vehicle they are fine and incredibly simple. However the wb has a Salisbury.
These are much stronger, but alas , come in two versions, a V8 version or a 6 version, one, the V8 model being much stronger, actually dam near bullet proof. the only way you break a V8 one is with series fucking horsepower, and I’m talking 300 odd kilowatts or better. Prolonged abuse mind you from a normal V8 will see it shit itself eventually.
So yesterday we went hunting, several telephone calls later, I have vastly increased my rear differential knowledge and come to the conclusion that Diffs, particularly the Salisbury model are almost as rare as rocking horse shit. they get snapped up fast, whats worse is they tend to start at 300 bucks a unit. FUCKING OUCH.
But we got one from a mate which I will be able to collect on Monday, then..then THE FUCKING ALTERNATOR LIGHT STARTS COMING ON, check the fan belt, check the connection and I still need to check its electrical output voltage. IF..IF the fucker is on the way out a new one is 240 bucks and a reco starts at 160..great..FUCKING CARS.
So last night I took the cooks car to Ballarat to work at the mates workshop. YES!…I do love a serious V8. I had to drive home right on the speed limit, this ensured that the average for fuel consumption came down by the time i arrived in the Marsh from Ballarat. Might have been a mite naughty on the trip up in the odd spot
Returned home at 0200 this morning, checked me e/mails before I went to bed and had a new one.
EXCELLENT!..thats all I will say, Australian post did their job, parcel received and mission accomplished.
Now if you will excuse me, I have some character creation and story line work to do. GO THE TIGERS.