I am getting ready to install rebuilt/refinished wheels on my 27. What's the best way to "upset/peen" the hub bolts? Also what length of bolt should be left above the nut before it is peened?
About one full thread should be about where they would be, a little more will not hurt. I use a ball peen hammer. The goal is to just upset the end around the edge to lock the nut on and prevent it from backing off. I do not suggest locktite, in the future you may have to tighten them up some. Make sure everything is correct before peening, once they are peened, chances of removing and saving the nuts and bolts are slim without damage.
I leave about a sixteenth of an inch and stake them.
Great info. Thanks guys!
I have seen it recommended to spot weld them too. DON'T do that! Dave
Steve, If I ever have to remove and reinstall any hub bolts I will stake them three or four times like you showed. Before, I punched them once in the middle and then pounded them with the ball side of my big ball peen hammer. The car that I'm thinking about replacing my T with has wire wheels so I might not ever deal with hub bolts again.
I used Loctite 262 on my wheels. This is for permanent installation but will come apart with lots of torque or heat. Remove all oil and grease before use. We use this at my work for permanent assembly. We build industrial machinery. Works well but probably not for the purists.