Unfortunately I'm much too car illiterate so I can barely follow that thread. What kind of man hours would it take to swamp out the front axle? Providing I am lucky enough to find one intact at a wreckers. Im just looking to see If I can fix this for a reasonable cost. Or else Ill just junk it.See the top FAQ thread for the link to 4WD issues. It's all in there.
You're a candidate for a whole front axle swap, IMO. Just pick a used donor with the correct accompanying gear ratio.
Thanks for your help. Can you explain the damage in the images briefly if you don't mind?M/HRs I would estimate 8. Shop rate where you are? I have no idea. You'll need to find a local Mechanic / Shop whom you can trust. Ask around. Car Show people are a good source for leads in that realm.
The same FAQ section has links to Wreckers / parts too.
Am I blind because I can’t find the right side differential bracket in this image.View attachment 106958
There appear to be several pieces missing ...
The gears you are seeing are contained inside the "differential assembly", which is item #7, there is a bearing (#27), a seal (#19) neither of which appear to be there, and I'm fairly certain the differential assembly included left & right case sides, the right side of which may also be missing.
What I find odd is that there is no way for the missing items to just "fall out", some one would have to remove the CV axle and possibly the side retainer (#16) - even the wear visible on the outside of the side retainer would suggest that the vehicle has been operated with VERY audible sounds of mechanical distress for MANY, MANY miles.