I've just trawled through numerous postings but cannot find what the fine thread is for the tie rod adjustable end.
By tie rod I am referring to the later adjustable rod that connects the spindle steering arms together to set the toe-in.
Can you experts kindly let me know and put me out of my misery.
Next I'll have to find a stockist for the taps and dies if available.
Early style 09-10 was 7/16 x 20. Later style 1911-12 was 7/16 x 13. This is from Bruce McCalley's Encyclopedia.
Oops; I see I had the wrong part. The thread on the spindle connecting rod is 11/16 x 24.
That matches my measurements so thanks.
Got to find some taps and dies now - any suggestions?
McMaster-Car has the taps and dies in 11/16” x 24.
The taps are very reasonably priced – some under $7 see:
The dies are more expensive at around $74. If you lived in the USA I would recommend purchasing a better used tie rod that had good threads. And even in the UK that may still be the less expensive option. But since you run a shop (nice web page and thanks for supporting our hobby) you might be able to use the die enough to justify the cost.
Special Thread Size Round Adjustable Threading Dies
The sizes may be uncommon, but you'll get the same great quality of our other round adjustable dies. All are high-speed steel and have an adjusting screw that opens and closes the die to produce most standard classes of thread fit.
2" Die OD
And you already are a member of the British Ford Registry – so if they have a lending tool kit, you may have access to that. For that matter, in the USA, I could purchase the die, use it once, donate it to our club and write off part of the cost of the die on my taxes as a donation.
The may be a similar company to McCaster-Car in the UK? If so you would save on shipping. But both the die and tap should fit in the same box and shipping to the UK for that should be reasonable.
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What are you doing with the connecting rod that you need a tap and a die? Are you building a new rod from solid bar stock like I did? If you are just cleaning up the threads, you can save a bundle by buying the tap for the yoke and then using a thread file on the rod.
$40.00 -- that's actually a fairly common size. However, there are several places in England that have all sorts of SE or ME thread taps and dies available. I've bought quite a few from the UK and even with shipping to the US they are cheaper and better quality that most of the Chinese ones available here.
I'd look for a replacement. Just make sure you check the yoke end for wear.