Parts for Closed Knuckle Standard Dana 44 Front Axles in 1960-1969 Chevy & GMC 4x4 Trucks

GM used 2 types of Dana 44 closed knuckle front axles. Standard duty Dana 44 axles with 8 bolt Ball Seals were used on 1960-1969 1/2 ton and light 3/4 ton models. Heavy-Duty Dana 44 front axles with 12 bolt Ball Seals were only used on 1962-1969 heavier GVW 3/4 ton trucks.

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Axle Identification
  All 1960-1969 Chevy and GMC factory 4x4s used a Dana 44 front axle. The standard axle was a Dana 44 with 8 Bolt Knuckle Ball Seals. Starting in 1962, 3/4 ton trucks could be ordered with an optional Dana 44 Heavy Duty front axle with 12 Bolt Ball Seals.  

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Axle Assemblies and Axle Housings
     
     
     
     
Axle Shafts
     
     
     
     
Axle Shaft Seals and Seal Kits for Inner Axle Shafts
     
     
     
     
Axle Universal Joints
The Closed Knuckle GM Dana 44 axle uses solid cross, inside lock-up universal joints without seals that are designed to be bathed in a semi-liquid lubricant from inside the closed knuckle balls. By today's standards, these u-joints are way undersized, but given the lighter vehicle weights and modestly powered engines of the 1960's, the joint size was probably adequate. Link to Our GM Web Page Index
QU40507M Axle Universal Joint for GM Dana 44 Closed Knuckle Front Axles is a genuine original equipment axle manufacturer, solid-cross, non-greaseable, front axle u-joint without seals for 1960-1969 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle. Link to our QU40507M Large Text Product Page.
Brake Parts
     
QU50760C Front Brake Drum  
     
     
Closed Knuckle Parts
We stock the regular service closed knuckle parts for your 1960-1969 Chevy or GMC 1/2 ton or light duty 3/4 ton 4x4 with a standard closed knuckle Dana 44 front axle which will have 8 bolt Knuckle Ball Hemisphere Seals. With a Closed Knuckle axle, the axle universal joints and king pin bearings are lubricated by very heavy oil or a viscous grease that will flow when the axle shafts rotate. A large multi-piece seal is bolted to the backside of the steering knuckle to keep lubricant in and water out. On poorly maintained closed knuckle axles or axles equipped with lockout hubs that are rarely used in 4x4, the upper king pin bearing and axle universal joint can suffer from lack of lubrication. The Ball Seals will usually weep some lubricant especially when standard gear oils are used as a lubricant. Submersion of the axle under water or condensation from temperature changes can cause moisture to build up inside the enclosed ball and lead to corrosion damage and part failures. Link to Our GM Web Page Index
QK4617 1960-1969 Chevy, GMC Dana 44 Closed Knuckle Front Axle Knuckle Bearing Kit includes 4 Timken® Knuckle Bearings, 4 Timken® Knuckle Bearing Cups, and Rectangular Knuckle Shim Set to service both sides of your vintage Chevy or GMC 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton 4x4 truck.
QU40773 Knuckle Shim Kit for 1960-1969 Chevy, GMC Dana 44 Closed Knuckle Front Axles with 8 Bolt Ball Seals includes a selection of rectangular shims to adjust the Knuckle Bearing preload. Services one side of your vintage Chevy or GMC 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton 4x4 truck.

QU20091 and QU20092 Trapezoid Knuckle Shims for Many 1960-1969 Chevy, GMC Dana 44 Closed Knuckle Front Axles with 8 Bolt Ball Seals fit between the combination steering arm/upper king pin to adjust the turning preload for the Drivers Side Steering Knuckle on your vintage Chevy or GMC 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton 4x4 truck.

QU40188 1960-1969 Chevy, GMC 8 Bolt Knuckle Ball Seal Kit for Dana 44 Standard Front Axles is a genuine original equipment Kit for Dana 44 standard duty closed knuckle front axles in Chevy or GMC 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks.
QU50627 1960-1969 Chevy, GMC Dana 44 Closed Knuckle Timken® Knuckle Bearing Cup for Dana 44 Standard Duty closed knuckle front axles in Chevy or GMC 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks.
QU50628 1960-1969 Chevy, GMC Dana 44 Closed Knuckle Timken® Knuckle Bearing for Dana 44 Standard Duty closed knuckle front axles in Chevy or GMC 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks.
Differential and Pinion Bearings (Individual)
There was a GM Dana 44 differential Side Bearing change which depending upon what parts book you believe was effective in 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, or 1968. My Chevy Parts Book shows 1964 models with the new bearing, but if you have a GM Dana 44 closed knuckle axle of any year, you should verify what diff side bearing you have before ordering.
All bearings are not created equal for fit or durability, so we only stock first class, long lasting, Timken® Differential and Pinion Bearings for your Dana front axle. Timken® was and is a a major original equipment supplier of top-notch bearing components to Dana Spicer. Since I first started rebuilding Dana axles in the mid 1970's, I have found Timken® Bearings to be the most consistent in relation to the published dimensions of any bearing on the market which makes rebuilding an axle right the first time a WHOLE lot easier!
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QU50533 Timken® Outer Pinion Bearing Cup for 1960-1969 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle.
QU50534 Timken® Outer Pinion Bearing for 1960-1969 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle.
QU50535 Timken® Inner Pinion Bearing Cup for 1960-1969 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle.
QU50536 Timken® Inner Pinion Bearing for 1960-1969 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle.
QU50538 Timken® Large Inside Diameter Differential Side Bearing for 1964-1969 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle that has differential side bearing with an inside diameter of 1.796". (uses 2)
QU50683 Timken® Small Inside Diameter Differential Side Bearing for 1962-1963 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle that has differential side bearing with an inside diameter of 1.688". (uses 2)
QU50537 Timken® Differential Side Bearing Cup for 1960-1969 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle. (uses 2)
Differential Bearing and Seal Kits
     
     
     
     
Differential Parts
Most 1960-1969 Chevy and GMC closed knuckle Dana 44 Front Axles were factory equipped with conventional open differentials. An optional Powr-Lok® clutch type limited slip differential was also available. With the open differentials, internal wear is not a huge problem, but wear on the thrust washers and cross shaft can be expected on higher mileage vehicles. The differential small parts are the same for all ratios, but the ring gear flange on the case castings are different for 3.73 and numerically lower ratios and axles having 4.09 and numerically higher ratios due to the pinion gear diameter size for high and low ratios. Link to Our GM Web Page Index
QU40000 Dana 44 Pinion Mate Thrust Washer is a genuine Dana hardened concave thrust washer that fits between each of the small diameter pinion mate gears in your 1960-1969 Chevy or GMC Dana 44 open differential.
QU40033 Dana 44 Side Gear Thrust Washer is a genuine Dana hardened flat thrust washer that fits between each of the splined differential side gears in your 1960-1969 Chevy or GMC Dana 44 open differential.
QU40001 Dana 44 Differential Cross Shaft Retaining Pin is a genuine Dana spring steel Pin used to retain your differential cross shaft in the diff case for 1960-1969 Chevy Chevy Blazer/K10/K20 and GMC Jimmy/K15/K25 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 open knuckle front axles.
QU40003 Dana 44 Differential Cross Shaft is a genuine Dana hardened steel shaft that acts as the axle for the two small pinion mate gears for all 1960-1969 Chevy Chevy Blazer/K10/K20 and GMC Jimmy/K15/K25 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 open knuckle front axles.
QU30170U Loaded Differential Case for Dana 44 with 3.92 to 5.89 ratio gear sets and 30 spline axle shafts.
  QU40632 Empty Differential Case Kit for Dana Model 44 3.73 and numerically lower ratios. Includes ring gear bolts and diff shims.
  QU40633 Loaded Differential Case Assembly for Dana Model 44 3.73 and numerically lower ratios. Includes spider gears, diff bearings, ring gear bolts and diff shims.
  QU40634 Empty Differential Case Kit for Dana Model 44 3.92 and numerically higher ratios. Includes ring gear bolts and diff shims.
  QU40635 Loaded Differential Case Assembly for Dana Model 44 3.92 and numerically higher ratios. Includes spider gears, diff bearings, ring gear bolts, and diff shims.
Gaskets and Gasket Makers
The factory Spicer Lockout Hubs use two gaskets per hub. Early and mid production vehicles having hubs with metal dials use 2 QU40395 metal gaskets. Very late production trucks with plastic dial hubs use 1 QU40395 Metal Gasket between the splined hub body and wheel hub and 1 TK40573 Fiber Gasket between the splined hub body and outer chrome cap. The original Dana 44 differential covers are stamped from thin gauge material with embossed flanges which were made for use with a cut gasket. If you desire, you can combine a gasket with a very thin film of RTV on each side, but using RTV sealant without a gasket is NOT recommended. We stock both Ultra Gray RTV Sealant and genuine Dana Diff Cover Gaskets. Link to Our GM Web Page Index
TK40573 Torque King® 6 Bolt Front Hub Gasket for 1960-1969 Chevy K20, GMC K25 3/4 ton 4x4 with a Closed Knuckle Dana 44 Front Axle is a brand new, precision cut, high-tech hub gasket for 6 Bolt external mount solid drive flanges, aftermarket lockout hubs or late production factory hubs. If your late production truck is still equipped with the plastic dial Spicer factory lockout hubs, use TK40573 as the outer Gasket between QU40547 splined hub body and QU40546 outer chrome cap.
QU40395 Special Metal Hub Shim Gasket for 1960-1969 Chevy K20, GMC K25 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks with a Closed Knuckle Dana 44 Axle equipped with the factory Spicer Locking Hubs. For metal dial hubs, install a Gasket on both sides of the splined hub body. For plastic dial hubs, only use as the inner gasket between QU40547 splined hub body and your wheel hub.
QU40214 Dana 44 Cover Gasket is a genuine original equipment Dana Gasket for all Dana-Spicer Model 44 axles
S82194 Ultra Gray RTV Sealant combines high adhesion and resistance to both conventional and synthetic gear lubes.
Hubs and Hub Parts
The wheel hub used on GM 1/2 ton 4x4s with Dana 44 closed knuckle front axles has a unique internal spline length so the common aftermarket lockout hubs that fit GM open knuckle axles will not fit the GM closed knuckle axles.  
QU50818 Warn Premium Quality 6 Bolt External Mount Hub Set for 1960-1969 Chevy and GMC 3/4 Ton 4x4s with Dana 44 front axles.
QU40548 M31E Warn Lock-O-Matic Hub Set Looking for the ultimate Lock Out Hub set for your restored 1960's to mid 1970's 3/4 or 1 ton gem? Tough Warn Lock-O-Matic Hubs give you the option of automatic engagement/disengagement AND the ability to manually engage the hubs for compression braking and continuous 4 wheeling.
QU40598/QU40428/QU40657 Splined Front Hub Gears for Dana 44 Front Axles were used on 4x4s without lockout hubs from 1959 to 1993. These one piece, solid steel splined hub gears provide the strongest connection between your axle shaft and wheel hub.
 
 
QU40035 Hub Spring Plate fits between the QU40050 hub spring and the outer wheel bearing cup on SUV's, and pickups with Dana Spicer Model 44 front drive axles equipped with internal mount, Spicer lock out hubs or full time drive gears. These Spring Plates were used on most of the late 1960's GM 4x4s with internal splined front wheel hubs. Made in U.S.A.
QU40050 Spicer Tapered Hub Spring for SUV's, and pickups with Dana Spicer Model 44 front drive axles equipped with internal mount, Spicer lock out hubs or full time drive gears. These springs were used on most of the late 1960's Chevy with internal splined front wheel hubs. Made in U.S.A. LIMITED SUPPLY  
     
Manuals and Technical Information
     
     
     
     
Miscellaneous Parts
QU90009 Universal Axle Service Pack is the Bargain Priced Chemical Service Pack included in many of our QU series Differential Bearing Kits. You get Threadlocker for the ring gear bolts, diff cap bolts, and pinion nut, QU90008 Gear Marking Compound for checking the tooth pattern on your gear set, Blue RTV sealant for the diff cover and a small brush to apply the Gear Marking Compound.
     
     
     
     
Pinion Seals and Pinion Yokes
QU40215 Dana Axle Pinion Seal is a original equipment spec pinion double lip pinion yoke seal manufactured by the Dana supplier for this seal since the 1970's. Fits most 1940s to early 1990s Dana 25, Dana 27, Dana 30, or Dana 44 front or rear axles.
     
     
     
     
Ring and Pinion Kits
  QU40177 Genuine Dana 4.09 Ring and Pinion Kit with pinion bearings, pinion seal, and small parts for standard Dana 44 axles. Use with 26 spline pinion yoke.
  QU40447 Genuine Dana 3.54 Ring and Pinion Kit with pinion bearings and small parts for Dana 44.
     
     
Small Parts
Sometimes, you just need one or two small parts to get back on the road. Between the small parts listed in this section and many others listed under part specific headings elsewhere on the page, we probably have that pesky little part you have to have but just can't find anywhere else. Link to Our Dodge Web Page Index
QU40209 Dana 44 Ring Gear Bolt for Dana 44 Axles. Genuine Dana-Spicer Grade 9 Bolt has locking teeth under the hex head to prevent loosening under any load conditions.

Dan the Gear Man® Safety Note: Ring Gear Bolts are designed for a single use. They must be replaced after they are removed!

QU40343 Dana 44 Hardened Differential Cap Retaining Bolt Genuine original equipment hex-head bolt for Dana Spicer Model 44 front axle differential bearing caps fits all 1960-1969 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle.
QU40028 Dana 44 Inner Pinion Bearing Slinger is a genuine Dana original equipment Oil Slinger. QU40028 fits between your Dana 44 axle's inner pinion bearing and pinion head.
QU40448 Dana 44 Inner Pinion Bearing Oil Baffle is a genuine Dana original equipment stepped, stamped steel Oil Baffle. QU40448 fits between your Dana 44 axle's inner pinion bearing cup and the axle housing on 1960-1969 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle.
QU40002 Outer Pinion Bearing Slinger QU40002 is a genuine Dana-Spicer part that fits between the outer pinion bearing and pinion yoke on 1960-1969 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle.
QU40311 Dana 44 Front Differential and Pinion Shim Kit for1 960-1969 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle. Genuine Dana-Spicer Shim Kit includes pinion depth shims, pinion preload shims, differential adjusting shims,pinion nut, pinion washer, and differential cover pan gasket.
QU40009 Dana 44 Axle Pinion Lock Nut is a genuine Dana-Spicer original equipment replacement locking nut that fits 1960-1969 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle.
QU40010 Dana 44 Axle Pinion Washer is a genuine Dana-Spicer flat washer that fits between the pinion nut and pinion yoke on 1960-1969 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle.
     
Spindles and Spindle Nuts
We stock the spindle nut parts for 1960-1969 Chevy K10, K20 and GMC K15, K25 standard Dana 44 front closed knuckle axle which uses a 3 piece double nut and washer set to adjust and retain the wheel bearings. We no longer have a source for new spindles.
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QU40004 1960-1969 Chevy and GMC Dana 44 Front Inner Spindle Nut threads on the spindle and fits against your outer wheel bearing to provide correct wheel bearing end-play.
QU40060 1960-1969 Chevy and GMC Dana 44 Front Spindle Lock Washer locks your QU40004 Inner Spindle Nut in position when properly installed
QU40031 1960-1969 Chevy and GMC Dana 44 Front Outer Spindle Nut is tightened against your QU40060 Spindle Lock Washer to keep the it in place and it acts as a jam nut effectively locking both spindle nuts and the washer together.
QK4727 1960-1969 Chevy and GMC Dana 44 Front Spindle Nut Kit includes one each of QU40004 Inner Spindle Nut, QU40060 Spindle Lock Washer, and QU40031 Outer Spindle Nut.
QU20267 1960-1969 1/2 Ton Spindle is a brand new, genuine original equipment front Spindle with factory installed QU40025 Spindle Bushing for the factory Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle in all 1960-1969 Chevy or GMC K10, K15, and K1500 4x4 trucks
QU20252 1960-1969 Chevy and GMC 3/4 Ton Dana 44 Front Spindle is a brand new, genuine original equipment front Spindle with factory installed QU40025 Spindle Bushing for all 1960-1969 Chevy or GMC K20, K25, and K2500 4x4 trucks with the standard Dana 44 closed knuckle front axle.
Spindle Bushings
One of these Bushings are pressed into the inboard side of each spindle to support your outer axle shaft. These are one of the most common 1960-1969 Chevy or GMC Dana 44 closed knuckle front end parts requiring replacement as both the thrust face and inside diameter of the Bushing are subject to wear. Link to Our GM Web Page Index
QU40025 Spindle and Axle Shaft Bushing for 1960-1969 Chevy, GMC Dana 44 Closed Knuckle Axles is a genuine original equipment flanged Bronze Bushing that gets pressed into the back of the spindle to support the axle shafts in your 1960-1969 Chevy or GMC 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton 4x4.
Steering Knuckles
     
     
     
     
Steering Linkage Parts
     
     
     
     
Tools
     
     
     
     
     
Wheel Bearings and Seals (Individual)
The outer wheel bearings and outer wheel bearing cups used on all 1960-1969 GM Dana 44 front axles are the same. For the wheel seal and inner wheel bearing, there are differences between 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton models. Parts for the two types ARE NOT interchangeable! We stock premium quality Timken Wheel Bearings and North American made Wheel Seals for your big vintage Chevy or GMC. Link to Our GM Web Page Index
QU50447 Timken® Outer Wheel Bearing Cup for all 1960-1969 Chevy Blazer, GMC Jimmy, 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton K-Series 4x4 pickups and Suburbans with Dana 44 Front Drive Axles.
QU50448 Timken® Outer Wheel Bearing for all 1960-1969 Chevy Blazer, GMC Jimmy, 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton K-Series 4x4 pickups and Suburbans with Dana 44 Front Drive Axles.
QU50577 Timken® Inner Wheel Bearing Cup for 1/2 ton Chevy, GMC 4x4s fits 1960-1969 Chevy Blazer, GMC Jimmy, K10, K15 Series 4x4 pickups and Suburbans.
QU50578 Timken® Inner Wheel Bearing for 1/2 ton Chevy, GMC 4x4s fits 1960-1969 Chevy Blazer, GMC Jimmy, K10, K15 Series 4x4 pickups and Suburbans.
QU50568 Timken® Inner Wheel Bearing Cup for 3/4 ton Chevy, GMC 4x4s fits 1960-1969 Chevy, K20, K25 Series 4x4 pickups and Suburbans.
QU50569 Timken® Inner Wheel Bearing for 3/4 ton Chevy, GMC 4x4s fits 1960-1969 Chevy, K20, K25 Series 4x4 pickups and Suburbans.
QU50654 1/2 ton Inner Wheel Seal for all 1960-1969 Chevy Blazer, GMC Jimmy, K10, K15 Series 4x4 pickups and Suburbans. These 1/2 ton axles will have internally splined wheel hubs.
QU50101 Premium OE Type 3/4 ton Inner Wheel Seal for all 1960-1969 Chevy and GMC K20 or K25 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 Closed Knuckle front drive axles and 6 bolt external mount lockout hubs or drive flanges. QU50101 Premium OE Type Front Wheel Seal is interchangeable with QU50208 Flanged Front Wheel Seal.
QU50208 Flanged 3/4 ton Inner Wheel Seal for all 1960-1969 Chevy and GMC K20 or K25 3/4 ton 4x4 trucks with Dana 44 Closed Knuckle front drive axles and 6 bolt external mount lockout hubs or drive flanges. QU50208 Flanged Front Wheel Seal is interchangeable with QU50101 Premium Front Wheel Seal.
Wheel Bearing and Seal Kits
It is always good preventative maintenance to replace all the wheel bearings and seals when restoring or maintaining your vintage 4x4. The parts availability for decades old 4x4s declines on a daily basis. Wrecking a wheel hub and/or spindle when the old bearing you reused fails can either cost you a mint or put your broken-down truck on blocks forever. We stock high quality Timken® Wheel Bearings and North American made Wheel Seals to keep your veteran Chevy or GMC rolling.  
     
TK4708/TK4898 1960 to 1969 GM 3/4 ton Torque King® Wheel Bearing Kits for Dana 44 Front Axles are specific for 3/4 ton Chevy K20 and GMC K25 4x4 trucks with external mount lockout hubs or drive flanges. TK4708 Master Kit includes 4 Timken® Bearings with Bearing Cups, 2 Wheel Seals, Bearing Cup Installers, Wheel Seal Installer and Driver Handle. TK4898 Parts Only Kit includes the same great parts but no tools. Link to TK4708 Large Text Individual Product Page. Link to TK4898 Large Text Individual Product Page.