[Healeys] Today's Rant

Michael MacLean rrengineer.mike at att.net
Sat Feb 22 11:32:03 MST 2020

 I was using an impact gun on low torque setting with my son pulling the joint tight as I applied the gun.  Worked great on the right side.  Just spun the threads when we got to the left side.  I figure it will be different with the castle nuts on the new side rods.  No nylon to grab the threads.  Maybe.  Your pickle fork idea sounds like you need three hands to accomplish.Mike MacLean

    On Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:27:15 AM PST, HealeyRick <healeyrik at gmail.com> wrote:  
Use a pickle fork ball joint separator to wedge the ball joint from turning and get the nut started.  Gradually withdraw it as you continue to tighten the nut.  
Happy Healeying,Rick Neville
On Sat, Feb 22, 2020 at 12:24 PM Michael MacLean <rrengineer.mike at att.net> wrote:

I finally got to tighten up all the ball joints for the steering rods of my BN2 yesterday.  The right side went fine.  The left side rod was another matter.  I don't remember where I obtained the pair of side rods, but they must have been designed by an idiot.  These side rods have sealed ball joints and the nuts are the nylon insert type.  I was lucky with the right side when it tightened up correctly.  For some reason the left rod ball joints just spun with the nut and would not tighten.  After the threads turned with the nut a few times oil from the boots started leaking.  This is a permanently sealed boot held in place with a crimped metal ring.  So, instead of just replacing the boot, I have to replace a brand new side rod.  To make this an even more perfect disaster, the side rods from our usual suppliers are a different configuration.  The boots are replaceable and the nuts are the castle type with a split pin.  Of course this means I have to replace them as a pair doubling the cost.  Moss wants 80 bucks each.  Just love it when new parts turn out to be crap.  Rant over.Mike MacLean

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