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Old May 30th, 2014, 09:33 PM   #1
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i can't seem to get the nut onto my '64 spindle. does any body know what die size it would take to chase the threads to clean them up? thanks in advance. gary
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Old May 31st, 2014, 09:19 AM   #2
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In a pinch you can use a small triangle file to clean up any portion of the threads that are dinged up or boogered.

Make sure the nut you are using is new or in good condition, also use some anti-seize on the threads when test fitting the nut.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 06:16 PM   #3
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well, slap my butt and call me Shirley!! it's just like my friend said when i asked him why he only worked on chevy's, that way i don't have to remember so much. i checked the threads and it turns out they are left hand. so this post is over. thanks again. gary
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Old June 1st, 2014, 11:51 PM   #4
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Been there done that...
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Sounds like something Chrysler would have done.
Like their LH wheel nuts on one side only.
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If Chrysler did it, the wheels would fly off and/or catch on fire before you needed your first oil change.
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Old June 2nd, 2014, 06:07 PM   #8
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My twenty-five buck, t-boned '55 Buick Super had left hand threads (which I had not heard of) on the wheel fasteners on one side. I couldn't get the first one loose and when the lug wrench jammed on the bolt, I stomped on it the 'other way to get the wrench loose. And the bolt came loose. The light came on... I was about fifteen...
That was 49 years ago and I'm still learning stuff.
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Shit... I broke 4 off my first Car - Plymouth Valiant (64 model) Before someone told me they were Lefties... I was also 15... and my dad didn't want me to know anything, so he wouldn't have to explain to my mother why I could make things work (go faster and such)... He taught me a lot without knowing he was showing me... One day It dawned on my Mom, that I was just mechanically inclined...
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In my youth, a long, long time ago, I purchased a THREAD FILE. Playing with rusted out, jammed up old cars over the years I wore the teeth down. But I never had a nut or bolt that wouldn't start after a little work. And they come in Metric. Left hand threads have a groove cut into the head and nut so you know before you bust you knuckles and your tools.

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Old June 3rd, 2014, 06:29 PM   #11
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Hell... All the ones I broke off had a Damn "L" stamped in the ends... Didn't stop me though... Never made the connection. I just thought it was some hardware marking that no one would ever explain to me. Little did I know it was SCREAMING at me the whole time.
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Um, I'd thought the "L" on the Buick's lug bolts meant, "Lug." When I checked the other side and found the "R", I figured it likely didn't mean "Road Master" after all.
This knowledge really helped later on when a 'less worldly' buddy bought a MGA with wire wheels and knock offs...
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