[Healeys] rear axle wheel bearing locknut wrench?

Chris Dimmock austin.healey at gmail.com
Thu Jun 7 23:51:32 MDT 2018

Hi John,
Yes. It's a special nut. 
It was designed by some particularly drunk BMC Accountants, after a long lunch one Friday afternoon. 
"Let's make that rear hub nut some really obscure size" said one. 
"And really thin - to make it cheaper!" Said another. 
"And 8 sided - that will really stuff them up. Then we can sell heaps of special spanners"
And that's what happened. 
You can buy them on eBay. Many clubs have one they will loan out. 
And 100's are a different size to 3000's - so they could sell 2 spanners.  
Most previous owners used a cold chisel..... in my experience....

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> On 8 Jun 2018, at 9:23 am, John O'Brien <banjojohn at cox.net> wrote:
> Hi all:
> I am trying to replace a leaky wheel bearing seal in my "65 BJ8. The nut that locks the hub on is an 8 sided nut that I measured to be 2.1825" across the flats.  Where do you get a socket to remove that nut.  My original Healey workshop manual shows a special service tool in the back for that purpose, but I don't have that.
> Any other way of removing that nut?  according to the Moss catalog it should be a left hand thread in the left side of the car where I am working.
> Thanks for any collective wisdom.
> John O'Brien
> '65 BJ8
> '61 Bugeye
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