Preparing the diff welding

Yesterday I was investigating my Sierra’s steering since it has started to keep annoying noise sometimes when turning the wheel and seems that there are something wrong with the tie rod… So I prepared a spare tie rod from my parts stock pile ready which I will remove&replace next Monday.

Today I built a fork that I will use to press diff bearing out from the speedo gear side:

20140805_194157My plan is to first weld the diff gears very lightly together with the drive shafts in to get the gear positions correctly. Then I will remove the driveshafts, speedo gear and bearing from speedo gear side. The big gear and bearing behind it I will leave in place. I will try to limit the amount of heat somehow, probably I need to weld at small parts and wait for cooling.