Aw....nuts!

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2018: Aw....nuts!
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George Andreasen on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 01:36 pm:

Specifically, connecting rod nuts. I installed my shiny new rebabbited rods, using modern 3/8 x 24 castle nuts...no problem. Then I started looking at all the original Ford connecting rod wrenches (for a three dip crankcase) on Epay and discovered they're all for a 5/8" nut!

Not a big deal as I can easily get a modern socket in there, but did Ford use a nut with a 5/8" outside diameter as opposed to modern practice?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Peter Claverie, Memphis TN on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 01:42 pm:

It is my understanding that "back in the day" there were no Grade 5 or Grade 8 bolts or nuts available, so when a nut was needed for a high-stress situation, they used a thicker nut.

I hope the modern nuts you used are Grade 8.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Norman T. Kling on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 04:06 pm:

You would have liked a Model A. They came with 21/32" nuts. That socket is hard to find.
Norm


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bruce Csorba (Australia) on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 08:53 pm:

Hey Norm,
I have a few of those. (Aus made)
I wondered what they were for.
Bruce


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Dewey, N. California on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 12:06 pm:

That size socket used to be standard issue in a Craftsman mechanic's socket set, I think also a 25/32 was used?? (main bearing caps? Yes, one end was square, and that socket too, was standard issue, this clear up into the mid 1970s--that's when I bought my set that I still have)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Denny Seth - Jefferson, Ohio on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 02:14 pm:

"Nuts"

George, Are you related to General McAuliffe?


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