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Old 08-29-2013, 08:41 PM   #21
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Re: Replacing a 460 Big Block

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I have found, that even with buying another vehicle that is supposed to be "perfect" I have had to spend money on it just getting it where I wanted it to be.
I totally agree. We have spent around $3000 and a lot of time getting the van to where it now.
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:06 AM   #22
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Re: Replacing a 460 Big Block

Go to a junk yard and get a used axle for a few hundred bucks and bolt it in. Keep it or sell it after that, but not broken.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:01 PM   #23
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Re: Replacing a 460 Big Block

I'm not sure why everyone is jumping on the "get a used axle from a junkyard and go" bandwagon, because it'll take a lot of effort to go that route for a used axle that may or may not last (who knows if it's in good shape unless you take it to a shop and have it gone through). If it were me, I'd take it to a shop and have the gears replaced in the differential. If the carrier is toast, go to a junkyard and pick up a carrier, and take it to a shop along with the van. Have them clean-up the used carrier, install new gears and bearings, and install in the van. That way no swapping brakes, brakelines, wheels, u-joints, etc. And you'll have a completely rebuilt differential with new gears that will be under warranty and last a long time without all the hassle of dropping the axle and swapping. Plus, it should be well under $2G's.

If you sell the van inoperable you'll take a bath! If you fix and sell then you'll be sending a good van with new motor and gears down the road to be replaced by something that will cost more initially and be an unknown. The only reason I can see to sell the van and replace it with something new is to upgrade to a diesel or an EB. From the pics in your gallery the van looks clean and nice, and you know everything about it. I'd keep it and have the differential rebuilt.

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Old 08-30-2013, 04:36 PM   #24
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Re: Replacing a 460 Big Block

Thanks for all the opinions. I've decided to hold on to the van. I just have too much invested to walk away. I'm thinking the rebuild is the best way to go for the long run. Alittle more $ but a safer bet.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:29 PM   #25
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Re: Replacing a 460 Big Block

Hopefully that will the last major repair for many many miles.
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