Ack!!! Not good news!!!
I'll measure the half shafts as soon as I get back from vacation. I
Think I know where I can get a new differential, but am not sure. Will
I run into clearance trouble with this also?
About the axles shearing, how much more likely are we talking about
here. Is this a real fear in a non comp car, aren't they pretty
If I do have to change axles, which ratio is the best for road use, I
can't remember. This could be BAD!!!
John Nelson wrote:
> Patton Dickson wrote:
> > Gosh I hope not. I got the directions out of a book(which I don't have
> > in front of me, maybe it was Porter's). If this is true, I'm in a bunch
> > or trouble.
> > Any verifications out there?
> > Patton
> > --
> > Patton Dickson Dallas, TX
> > 1967 Austin-Healey Sprite H AN9 L 69437
> > See My Austin-Healey Sprite Page
> > http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Shores/1256/page2.html
> Hi Patton,
> I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the wire wheel rear axle housing IS
> narrower than the steel wheel rear end. The stub axles are also shorter (1/2
> inch, I think) but will fit the wider steel wheel housing. The downside is
> the shorter axles don't engage the differential completely, and will be much
> likely to shear under load.
> If you are unsure what to do because of all the different opinions, I would
> suggest that before you start the conversion that you pull out one rear axle,
> compare it's length with your wire wheel axle. I wish we would have checked
> before we started our conversion, we ended up with the car on jack stands for
> weeks while we found a wire wheel rear housing.
> I just measured a steel wheel axle I have in my garage, and it is 22 3/4
> from the flange to the end of the axle. If you would measure your wire wheel
> and let me know its measurement I would appreciate it, I would like to write
> the axle sizes so next time someone ask about a conversion (and they will) I
> give them the facts.
> John Nelson
> 1965 A-H Sprite MK III
> "You don't have to be crazy to restore
> a British car.....but it sure does help!!"
Patton Dickson Dallas, TX
1967 Austin-Healey Sprite H AN9 L 69437
See My Austin-Healey Sprite Page