Discussion in 'A boatload of fun' started by MD_76_LIMITED, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. MD_76_LIMITED

    MD_76_LIMITED Trust the process...

    My storage location for my Electra...


    I took it out for a drive the last weekend. It still makes me smile and turns heads. I got a lot of drive train work to do before I can fully enjoy it again. It makes so many odd vibrations that I can't even isolate them to describe it well enough to ask for help here. It feels like every rotating part of the drive train just needs to be replaced. Frustrating, but to be expected for a 42 year old car I suppose.

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  2. StagedCat

    StagedCat Platinum Level Contributor

    Ck out motor and trans mounts as well as u-joints, thats where I'd start......
  3. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Just tossing in my nickel's worth

    That thing has a nasty CV joint set up in the back that usually fails. It consists of 2 u-joints and a ball and bearing set that usually wears out and will cause a vibration. "Cars" sells kits for it I believe.
  4. MD_76_LIMITED

    MD_76_LIMITED Trust the process...

    Much appreciated advice. I had the driveshaft rebuilt last year. This was the rear portion of the drive shaft, where they replaced the two U joints/CV joints, and balanced it. That definitely helped at the time. Does the front portion (like where it mates to the transmission) ever need service?

    The motor mounts were new when I had the engine installed, but I will definitely look into replacing the transmission mounts. At speed, when I put the car in neutral to coast, it creates a nasty vibration. Sounds like the trans mount might be a logical culprit for this.

    I admittedly do not know much about the drive train components.
  5. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Just tossing in my nickel's worth

    There is something about having the u-joints out of sync. From what little I understand of it is if the u-joints are properly lined up to run they'll actually either cancel the vibration or if they're not it'll make a vibration. I think it's got something to do with how the yokes are positioned in relation to each other, if that back set of U-joints was incorrectly assembled or if the u-joints aren't centred right in relation to the front it actually wobbles. I seem to remember that set up was a real bear to set up right and required a look at how it was running on a hoist before we figured it out.

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