[Healeys] Today's Rant

HealeyRick healeyrik at gmail.com
Sat Feb 22 11:36:02 MST 2020

Two hands only.  Insert pickle fork.  Put nut on thread and use ratchet to
tighten with one hand.  Use the other hand to apply downward pressure on
the pickle fork to use it as a lever and keep the ball from turning.  It
works.  Have I ever "steered" you wrong?

On Sat, Feb 22, 2020 at 1:32 PM Michael MacLean <rrengineer.mike at att.net>

> 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:
> Mike,
> 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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