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Re: MGB tube axle

To: "Stuart MacMillan" <>
Subject: Re: MGB tube axle
From: "David F. Darby" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 07:02:13 -0500

Thanks for the input, I hope you don't mind if I post your note and my
response to the list, as there seemed to be some interest in this.

----- Original Message -----
From: Stuart MacMillan <>
To: David F. Darby <>
Cc: MGs List <>
Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2001 12:21 AM
Subject: Re: MGB tube axle

> This is the pits, or maybe it's a "groovy thing."  Sorry for the puns, but
> broken bit of roll pin has worn a pit or a groove in the carrier and isn't
> up with the exit hole.  You might be able to drive a punch or a bent rod
in there
> and force it out, particularly if you can rotate the pinion pin a bit.  If
> it's time for another rear end, or a complete dissassembly of this one.  I
> suggeest finding a used one and replacing the thrust washers while it is
> suspended on a couple of saw horses, it's much easier!
> Good luck, you deserve it!

Thanks for the input. I'm afraid you might be right. That was the only
scenario I could think of, but I wanted to see if someone else reached the
same conclusion. I think the missing bit of roll pin, which is hardened
steel, dug a groove in the carrier, which is cast, and then got imbedded
there. Nasty. I just can't figure out why it didn't announce itself with a
loud bang when it broke.

Fortunately, I have a donor car with an axle that doesn't seem to sloppy. It
is from a '73. Both donor and recipient are wire wheeled. Should be a
straight swap, right?


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