The axle housing gasket set that I have only has one solid spacer disc in it. I'm talking about the solid disc that is about the size of a nickel. If I need more what should I make it/them out of?
Tommy, We have them. Both in the original fibre and a new brass one which is thicker.
And they take forever to sand down on a belt sander :-)
Lost my finger prints for weeks after getting the thickness on mine just right. Ugh The kit i bought from Lands had 2 in it but ended up using them both.
Same here, wish I had known about the thicker brass disc when I did my Ruckstell. Silly me for not checking Chaffin's catalog!
One should be enough, even if there's still some end play. This is not a super critical dimension. Most T rear axles I've had apart no longer have any spacer and it doesn't seem to have made a problem.
If you install the (shudder) disc brakes you really need the endplay to be zero.
Yes, ideally, but don't the calipers have some float?
I think the issue is that end play knocks the piston(s) back and increases pedal travel.
Tom is right, with end play the piston(s) can be pushed back some and it may be necessary to pump the brakes once (or more in extreme, fix it now cases) before you have pedal pressure.
O.K., got it! Thanks.
The fibre washers are two thin. Thus you must use two and thin them down to fit. Our Brass washers are very close to what you need on average. We just made them last year.
I've seen coins used. Nickel? Quarter? Can't recall what fits. Not saying that's the thing to do... just syain'
I don't recommend it, but I have had a couple model Ts that had no such washers in the rear end. They seemed to work fine that way, but again, not recommended.
I have replaced them with brass flat washers, even a stainless steel flat washer once. And on at least one occasion, a coin. I believe I used a quarter.
Buying a proper replacement from Glen would be better. We need to help support the parts dealers that help us keep our cars going! But, when I discover I need something like this? I am usually in too much of a hurry to wait for the mail. However Glen and Dave always got things out in the mail really fast!
Thank you Glen!
Quarters work just fine. Before extra length axles were readily available I widened the slot the axle retainer clips fit in and moved the gears closer to the inside ends of the shafts on my speedster axle. I think I've got 4, maybe 5, quarters in there to make up the spacing. No problem and running it that way for over 20 years.