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Re: [Spridgets] Bad luck or no luck at all category

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Subject: Re: [Spridgets] Bad luck or no luck at all category
From: Kitterer Bob <bkitterer@me.com>
Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 21:01:44 -0700
135 to 145 ft lb per factory service manual.

There is something about a collapsible distance piece that can only be  
use once - if you need this information let me know.

Bob Kitterer

1960 Austin Healey Sprite (Mk IV in disguise)
1966 Austin Healey Sprite Mk III (Trevor) - still in boxes
2000 Miata Special Edition

On May 31, 2009, at 1:37 PM, Phil Nase wrote:

> Ok this may get a few chuckles.  I was testing the Bugeye again  
> today after a front end alignment.
> I had only 2 miles or so on the car from short test driving before  
> today.  I drove it half a mile from the house and the steering is a  
> little better than before, so I start on a longer loop from the house.
> About a mile away from home.  I decide to turn around because the  
> township oiled and chipped the crossroad.  Clang, clang... what the  
> heck is that.  I shut it down and look underneath.  The driveshaft  
> is separated from the rear.  Now I checked and rechecked those nuts  
> for tightness.
> I figure Jane can tow me a mile home, there are too many hills to  
> push it up.
> Of course the weather here today was severe clear.  Accuweather is  
> showing 0% chance of rain.  While I'm waiting for jane to arrive the  
> sky turns grey and it starts to rain.  I don't even have the top  
> with me.
> I felt like I was in some bad luck movie.  I was waiting for the  
> locusts and floods.
> Anyway the dumbass mechanic (that's me)  obviously did not tighten  
> the diff pinion nut enough so the flange, dust cover and the whole  
> works pulls out still attached to the driveshaft.
> I just inspected it and the splines oil seal and all seem to be  
> undamaged so I am putting it back together.  How tight does the  
> pinion nut need to be?  I don't see a torque value anywhere for it.
> So if you car work today isn't going as well as you hoped, just  
> remember, it could be worse.
> Attending the school of hard knocks.
> Phil Nase
> Quakertown, PA
> http://home.comcast.net/~philnasecpa/
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