Yeah, I'm stalled at the moment.
Waiting to learn if driveshaftshop.com can make the half-shafts.
Had to buy a remanufactured Colorado front shaft from a 4wd model and ship to them so they can determine if they have tooling to cut splines in that pattern.
They've had the shaft for almost a week. Should have an answer any day now.
After I had purchased the Colorado axle Lnhiv explained to me that the +04 Silverados use the same hub/bolt-pattern as the 355, so if they don't have the tooling for Colorado splines then I can buy a Silverado axle and ship to them to try.
Didn't know when I began this that my independent rear assembly would depend on whether that shop can make axles for me.
Tad at driveshaftshop.com (in Salisbury, N.C.) seemed pretty confident though that they would have the necessary tooling.
Gotta take my '05 crew into Carolina Rod Shop this week so they can service her, then the '08 goes in for them to get started on the front end rebuild.
Not much to see yet. Just the plainest little white stripper model, as I received it from the dealer.
I've decided that I'll be selling my '05 crew at some point to help finance this build.
That wasn't an easy decision for me, and only last week I took a look at the book value on my crew... ouch. Don't know what I expected though, for an '05 with 160K on the clock.
(remainder of this post transplanted to my build thread)
I gotta make the project my priority though and I won't be able to afford either the time or cost to maintain the '05 any longer. I know I'm repeating myself here, but the '08 project is my final bid to keep the 355 platform on the road for another 10 years.
I'm not prepared to maintain two examples of an out-of-production platform.
And my situation that enabled me for the first time in years to keep two vehicles flipped on me, so it may not be practical for me now for some time.
And, I haven't had a car in years. If my situation does change again to permit two vehicles, I want a car of some sort.