In the month or so since I bought my 1923 Touring / Pickup, I've been going over the car, installing cotter pins where they were missing and generally checking that everything is present and tightened properly. I had been taught that when a cotter pin is used to retain a clevis pin (like on the emergency brake rods), there should be a washer under the cotter pin. So, I have been pulling the old cotter pins, installing washers thick enough to take up any excess play, and installing new cotter pins. Is this overkill?
I always do it. It keeps the rotating wear off the pin. Scott
I've considered adding washers too, but any time I've made the attempt, there just wasn't enough space behind the hole in the clevis pin. Guess I need to find some extra-thin washers. I can't find any on the internet, but they must be available somewhere.
that was one of the first things I was told when working on antique motorcycles, I do it on all my antiques.
Doesn't sound very correct.