This may be one of those great BMC mysteries. We have one axle that is the
same way. For over 25 years it was fine then about three years ago it would
no longer slide all the way home. A hammer does not help but it will go home
by using the lug nuts to "pull" it the rest of the way. It may still leak
however. For us it is always the left hand side regardless of which axle we
use or which differential. If you take the differential out the axles slide
in both sides with no difficulty. Put it all back together and the left side
will not go home.
Bob and Annice
1960 Sprite (Mk IV in disguise)
1966 Sprite Mk III (Trevor) in progress
<< > From: Mike Maclean <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Rear Axle Fit?
> Date: Monday, 22 November 1999 16:46
> I just spent all afternoon and most of the evening assembling and
> installing the front and rear bearings and hubs. I had planned to have
> the brakes in and the car off the homebuilt dolly and on wheels by now.
> Last weekend was spent installing the rear axle and springs.
> The front suspension has been in for a few weeks now. The problem I'm
> having is with the rear axles. They both will not seat on the hub
> flange. They bottom out about 1/16th away from the flange. Gonna be
> some oil leak there! I tried Frank's remedy: a BFH. No dice.
> Have I got two incorrect axles? This was a basket case and the
> rear end was not assembled when I got it. What gives?
> Mike MacLean-60 Sprite >>