I just talked to Bill and the U-joint has come apart on their T. Can someone in the St. Louis Area please help them with some parts?
They are at the Red Barn Rendezvous RV Park, 3955 Blackburn Rd, Edwardsville, IL 62025.
Bill's cell phone is 361-449-0905.
These are the guys that were at the old car festival and are driving their T home to Corpus Christi. I've been posting info in another thread. Gordon Koll gave them a lucky raccoon tail for the car, but I don't think he tested it out......
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
I hope the boys get the help they need. About the coon tail - I should known it wouldn't bring them much luck - it sure didn't for the coon it came from. That U joint could have been the source of the motor not sounding right for the last couple days. Hopefully they get it fixed.
Frank, e-mail me at dlodge-at-nedcons-dot-com
I passed on your forum message by phone to someone who may be able to help them.
Bill has gotten the u-joint he needed. Dick Lodge called me to alert me to this thread. I called Bill but I do not have a good u-joint, so I called Sam Atkinson and he met Bill with a useable u-joint. Hopefully Bill's problem is solved, but I have not heard.
Thanks, Steven. I thought you would figure out something to help Bill. I assume we will hear that all is well at some point. Thanks to Sam as well...
Friday the 13th. I also had a problem on my modern vehicle, bearing seized on one of the fan belt idler pulleys on my GM 2500HD. Only slowed us down about an hour. We are on our way home from New Orleans, Google says it is 2500 miles but we are going to Tennessee first so it will be more like 3000.
I new Dick or Kent would jump in and lend a helping hand.
Thanks to Dick, Steve and Sam. You saved the day.....even on Friday the 13th. They'll be working on it today. He will pull the differential assembly to get to it.
I talked to Bill about checking the transmission output shaft for cracks or damage. Bill said it was 'wallowed out' a bit. I suggested that he 'plug the u-joint into place in the shaft' to make sure the output shaft is not damaged. I think he understood.
Also, I suggested they check the rear end for excessive axle movement. I sent two brass disks in case they need them. Hopefully the babbit disks have been replaced at some time.
Hopefully I'll hear more when they get started.
Thanks again guys.
It is hokey me again. Brass shim stock can buy a lot of miles if the driven plate output is wallowed out (not too much). Form the shim stock around the square of the U-joint. Use enough thickness for a snug fit. The brass will work down and get looser, but will also continue to cushion the hammering and act as a "sacrificial wear" helping to save the U-joint.
Just like with wood wheels. It is rotating stresses that beat them to pieces when they become loose. They need to be tightened up by any reasonable means available to reduce further damage.
This of course is not considered a permanent or long term repair. But on the road, it could buy you a few thousand miles.
I should also mention that aluminum is too soft to work nearly as well. Soda can aluminum is especially soft and the temptation to use it should be avoided. I have known a few people that used it as shims for temporary repairs and had it disintegrate quickly. Spray-paint-can steel can be used if it is thin enough. I use it to make my own axle/hub shims. It works for that very well.
Drive carefully, and enjoy! This sounds like an adventure! W2
Great suggestion, Wayne. I didn't think to suggest shims to them.
They must have it running again as they have just posted lots of pix on their Facebook page Tuttut 100. Looks like they're giving rides to folks in the RV park.
Thanks again to everyone for the help. Your response was just great.
Also, I checked every picture and can't find that raccoon tail anywhere. Gord, I think they figured it out..... they're having similar luck as that raccoon...........
Just posted on their facebook page that all is well now with the car and they will leave in the morning. Thanks again everyone. I'll keep you posted as they travel south.
Glad everything worked out.
Thank you Frank F, but I wouldn't call it a "great suggestion". It is just something you do when you don't have the parts or tools to do it right. Been there, done that, almost always made it home.
Just so they do drive carefully, and enjoy the adventure. That is what it is all about.
I just talked to Buddy and they're on the freeway heading out of the St. Louis area. The car is going about 40mph and 'purring like a kitten'.
They only got a few miles yesterday due to a bad miss. Turned out to be the timer. They changed it for an Anderson made by Hutch at Tiptop Timers and all is well now.
Buddy also wanted to thank Steve and everyone that helped them in the St. Louis area.
I have a bunch of really good U joints and a lot of other parts so if they need any help while going through the heart of God's country, have them give me a shout. . .BTW, the Anderson timers you used to furnish have been serving me well for years - Thanks!