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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 12, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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1966 Centerlink

I'm replacing the centerlink that was on my 1966 El Camino when I bought it in 1983. It has no grease fittings. Did the original centerlinks that came on these cars not have grease fittings?

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Re: 1966 Centerlink

I think that they all did back then Bruce, maybe Mike C or Dale will chime in on this.

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Re: 1966 Centerlink

The car pictured in the link below suggests that they did feature grease fittings.

http://www.mysterychevelle.com/1966-...lwood-Tan.html
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The car pictured in the link below suggests that they did feature grease fittings.

http://www.mysterychevelle.com/1966-...lwood-Tan.html
Thanks for the heads up on that car. I've sent a message to Mike, asking what he knows about that centerlink.

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Re: 1966 Centerlink

will try to check my original when I get home

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Re: 1966 Centerlink

I wonder if they came from the factory with the zerk fittings or just plugs. I remember working in a shop back in the mid 60s and selling oil changes and lube jobs often meant removing the factory plugs and installing zerk fittings. I don't specifically recall a 66 Chevelle instance but it sure seems we sold a lot of zerk fittings back then. It was just something we automatically did if there were no fittings in the link, tie rod ends, etc.

Not sure looking at any restored car today is the answer or any car that's really been driven much or ever had the front end lubed.
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Re: 1966 Centerlink

The original one on my 42k '67 Malibu had grease fittings. I was the third owner when I bought the car in 1990.

I can't say for sure if it left the factory with the grease fittings, but it had them when I got it.
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I wonder if they came from the factory with the zerk fittings or just plugs. I remember working in a shop back in the mid 60s and selling oil changes and lube jobs often meant removing the factory plugs and installing zerk fittings. I don't specifically recall a 66 Chevelle instance but it sure seems we sold a lot of zerk fittings back then. It was just something we automatically did if there were no fittings in the link, tie rod ends, etc.

Not sure looking at any restored car today is the answer or any car that's really been driven much or ever had the front end lubed.
I know GM clutch cross shafts had plugs in them

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Re: 1966 Centerlink

Just think, if using plugs instead of zerks saved Chevrolet $.10 a car, that's over $44,000 saved in 1966 Chevelles alone. I'd almost (almost) bet they were sealed with a plug from the OEM supplier so the zerks didn't break off during shipment or installation. Just my guess...
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Re: 1966 Centerlink

I recall same thing ......most 60's cars did not come with zerk fittings .....yes we did install at first lube

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I recall same thing ......most 60's cars did not come with zerk fittings .....yes we did install at first lube
Ditto that...my recollection also.
I'm guessing that was standard practice back then...remove plugs and install grease fittings at a certain service interval time.
Specifically remember torch cutting holes in the shock towers of Mustangs to install grease fittings on the UCAs.

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Re: 1966 Centerlink

none on mine ....and it is original to the car

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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 12, 9:17 PM Thread Starter
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none on mine ....and it is original to the car
Here are a couple of photos of my centerlink and one of the ends. No zerk and no plug. Seb, is this what yours looks like?




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Re: 1966 Centerlink

I found this name on the web for someone that rebuilds centerlinks. Has anyone used this guy?

Centerlink Services by Randy Rymal

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Re: 1966 Centerlink

Found this concerning Randy.
http://www.teambuick.com/forums/show...ght-door-motor I'll look for another option.

Rare Parts told me that they don't rebuild these anymore. They want to sell completely new centerlinks. I may try to rebuild my centerlink myself.

I should have posted another photo of the end where the zerk would go. I discovered a C stamped in the middle.

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