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Rear Differential issue
Last month I began to experience a shudder in the rear end of my 60 DeSoto Adventurer. The first time it happened, I was defending a 2900 foot mountain on route 30. My wife looked at me as if to say, "Are we going to need this car towed?"
Sorry to see that happened, but good thing you decided to take it apart! FYI, I know that in 1959 at least, the axle shafts are very slightly different in length from a sure grip to an open rear. I believe the axle shafts on the sure grip are shorter by about 3/16" or something like that. If that's the case, you'll need those swapped also otherwise you'll end up with a clunk when you turn. There's a story there as to how I know that I can tell you at the convention or when we next talk.