Do any of you happen to know what die i should use to chase the threads of the end of the steering column that hold the steering wheel on? I'm afraid I've bunged them up a bit. I've been trying to clear them with a file, but no luck, and my thread file doesn't seem to fit.
Happy New Year!
It's 5/8" x 16 tpi.
hmmm...the internet has lots of 5/8 x 18 tpi, but I don't see the 5/8 - 16. Should I re-tap the brass nut to a 5/8 -18 and re-thread the column with the same? Or, do one of you guys have a secret place for finding odd sized dies?
Thanks for the help!
Michael - I have a 5/8 - 16 NS die in my tool box that you are welcome to borrow if needed. It is not a common thread. Tex
Thread files are available. "Snap-On" has excellent ones. If you buy the pair they sell, you will be able to "chase" just about any non-metric thread pitch. You get 8 different thread pitches per file, so a total of 16 different thread pitches with the pair.
I put them in the category of tools I don't use often, but when I need them they are worth having on hand.
I suspect there are other lower quality versions available.
I have also seen other versions of universal thread repair tools over the years.
Victor Machinery Exchange has them, along with quite a number of special thread taps and dies, and a 5/8 x 16 is very reasonably priced at $16.50.
However, I agree with Les; a thread file is the way to go on something like a steering pinion.
I just sent Tex a private message to take him up on his kind offer.
What a generous group of men we have on this forum.
By the way, I tried a thread file. However, my file does not have the same thread needed. Do they make thread files that are 5/8 - 16?
The Snap On Thread restorer comes in 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 24 TPI. It doesn't care what the diameter is.
Happy New Year!
RV - I looked though victor and don't see the 5/8 -16 die. Are you sure you saw one? So you see a part number? Just interested to have one if they are available.
Michael - I'll put the die in the mail today after work (I'd do it sooner but it looks like I'll be dealing with snow removal for most of the day - currently -9 with wind chill)...... No rush in returning it. Tex
Michael - this page http://www.victornet.com/tools/Special-Thread-Dies/198.html part # RD-5/8-16-C Price $18.20
Thanks! Just had trouble funding it for some reason
Sorry Michael; I failed to notice that I was posting the TAPS page and not the DIES page. A bit of brain freeze; it's been kinda brisk out here the last few days. Looks like G.R. has you covered.