One rear Raidius rod is missing. 26-27 rearend.
I have another Rod,front nut on rod as far as it will go. The ears are lacking 1/8" or so from getting past the axle so I can put the rod in place. What am I missing here?
The 26-27 rear radius rods are different then the 25 and earlier rods. Sounds like you are trying to use the wrong rod. If so need to find a 26-27 radius rod for the side you are missing. If it is a 26-27 radius rod, they did not use the nut to the rear and had a locating ring forged in place of that nut. I think the split at the rear is different between the early and late radius rods.
the change from a rear nut to the fixed stop ring was some time during production of the improved Fords, so I have one pair of each style on my big drum rear ends.
I have had the same problem - no possibility to mount the radius rod with the drive shaft in place, so I had to loosen the screws holding the drive shaft in place to get the radius rods in place. Don't know if all the improved axles has the same problem or if it was just your & mine - the Ford manual shows them to be removable??
The early 26 did have two nuts. First thing is to be sure that the rod you are using is indeed a 26-27. From your description, I think you have the wrong rod. Other possible problem is if the driveshaft tube is not perpendicular to the rear axle. It must be perpendicular so that the gears will line up properly inside and that there will be no bind on either the axles or the driveshaft. Measure the distance end to end of both rods to see if they are equal. Also measure the distance between the holes for the bolts at the backing plate end of the rod. They should equal to the distance between the holes in the backing plate.
Thanks This rod has the stop ring on it,so I will remove the nut I added to it and it will fit. I'm glad I asked,because I was gonna make it fit!
But I asked myself....Something must be wrong,Ford would have made this a quick fix in case you bent a rod.
Fred, it's not unusual to have problems installing the rear radius rod when the drive shaft tube is fully assembled to the rear axle housings and the drive shaft tube sometimes does have to be loosened to get the radius rod fork past the axle tube.
And, yes, the 1926-27 radius rods with the "stop" forged into them at the base of the threads only requires one nut on the front. The "stop" rests against the torque tube.
Hey Fred! Make sure BEFORE you get those rods all hooked up and everything even and square and cotter-pinned that you have the ball joint flange off the torque tube and up on the ball. Otherwise you have to undo everything, move the flange, and do it back again. That or you will be horrifically tempted to cut the flange and weld it back together in the correct place.
*cough cough* I don't know this from personal experience *ahem* just something I read about on the site. Yeah! That's it, just something I read about that people forget sometimes. *cough*
Ended up being a 26 rear with Big Brakes I was using. My 27 rod dident match the other side. The rod I was trying to use was for a small brake drum....
I then found a 26 rod for the big brake drum!
Went on perfect. Rear spring rebuilt.. brakes relined... seals and bearings done.
Thank you for posting an update. Glad to hear you got her done.