DMC = Disassembled Motor Car
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December 4 -10, 1999
| I had the front suspension all assembled, but of course
then realized something was wrong. The spindle was spinning in the steering knuckle, and I
couldn't seem to tighten it up from the nut on the back attached to the angle drive.
The first problem was, I didn't have an open-end wrench large enough to tighten the bolt and the angle drive. Obviously a socket won't work on this nut because of the angle drive, so I was left scouring Pittsburgh for a 34(?)mm open-end wrench. I had to settle on a large adjustable-end wrench (which I was fortunate enough to find in metric!). =)
However, I just couldn't seem to get a grip on the spindle tight enough to get any leverage on the nut to either loosen or tighten it. I was hoping there was a way to do this on the car, so I didn't have to pop all of the new ball joints and steering ball joint to have the spindle pressed in.
Now, I had considered that the spindle, when tightened to the hub, would probably not spin due to the tension on it between the two nuts. However, something just doesn't sit right with me on that one. Primarily, the taper on the spindle would actually be getting -looser- not tighter as the outside nut was tightened.
I am guessing that the previous owner never tried to take it apart due to 1) the large size of the nut, 2) there are no markings on the nut indicating it has been attempted, 3) he didn't take off the other side, 4) the nut seems to be pretty darn well tightened already.
Here's what I tried:
- tapping the spindle in to get enough friction to turn the angle drive nut
- gripping the "D" washer with channel locks
- gently heating the nut to try and break it loose (or tight)
I'm considering freezing the spindle with liquid CO2 and tapping it in, so when it warms back up it expands and gets a grip (I have a large CO2 tank in my garage).
On a related side note, my front wheel bearings seemed to have an interference fit with the spindle. Is this normal? I don't know if the two new wheel bearings installed in the hubs are correct, as they were there when I bought the (disassembled) car. Peter Lucas stated his
whole hub slid right off the spindle when he removed the nut. That sounded more likely to me.
Now, the fun part. I spent the last few nights putting together a 'garage computer' with a video camera to allow y'all to see me assembling #5927 live via the internet. It should be premiering soon. I'll keep you posted as things progress.
Well, I'm off to Philadelphia in the morning to possibly buy an engine (yeah, I know, that's cheating), luggage rack, and set of DeLorean World mags. I hope the engine fits in the trunk of my Grand Marquis. A Chevy 350 does, so I guess a D engine will be close.
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