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Technical 55 olds lug nut removal

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by el_bole, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. el_bole
    Joined: May 12, 2011
    Posts: 126


    I've tried every thing, yes went on youtube, to try to take driver side front lugs off....

    -heated em up

    -archimedes lever, actually bent original tire iron!

    -my autozone impatt wrench(250 lbs)

    Im at the point now of consider cutting em off.

    any advice??? (besides swapping the front end with Fatman LOL)

    Thanks in advance
  2. kirby1374
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
    Posts: 427


    Dremel, cut the nut so it will open up remove.

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  3. HammerDown
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 393


    Are you aware the driver's side lugs are left hand thread?
  4. DeucePhaeton
    Joined: Sep 10, 2003
    Posts: 997


    Check to see if the are Left Hand Threads. You know righty loosey / lefty tighty.
    I'm not sure bur I know my Son's 62 F-85 has left hand threads on the drivers side.
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  5. DeucePhaeton
    Joined: Sep 10, 2003
    Posts: 997


    Hey "Hammerdown" you stole my thunder. ;)
  6. Hot Rod Jerry
    Joined: Oct 23, 2011
    Posts: 205

    Hot Rod Jerry

    Yep, mine was backward
  7. They likely are left hand threads as I believe the drum is the same as the 55 Pontiac and Buick.They usually have the letter L stamped on the end of the threaded portion.
  8. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,460


    Re: Help! Need Left Hand Threaded Lug Nuts

    GM used left hand threads on the driver side drums of many cars for many years before the 1960s. Unless Dorman is still selling them they will be just as scarce as the lugs they screwed on to. A lot of people will give me hell for suggesting this, but the easiest solution to this situation is to pull the drums and have someone with a press remove those left hand thread lugs and put in new right hand thread lugs of the proper length. (don't try to beat them out you'll likely crack the drum)

    FYI the theory on the left hand threads on the driver side of the car had to do with someone's idiot notion that wheel rotation would be less likely to loosen the lug nuts. Obviously just a notion!

    Certain model Jeeps up to 1971 had a like arrangement and one can buy closed nuts for them but I don't know if they are of the correct thread cut for your Olds. 1/2 X 20 is the same thread for most Fords for more years than I can remember. Taken right from Google...
  9. roughneck424
    Joined: Jan 10, 2009
    Posts: 1,084


  10. Are you certain they are not left-hand-thread?

    I remember my buddy's buick getting us all kinds of pissed off!
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2014
  11. plodge55aqua
    Joined: Jan 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,710

    from Alberta

    Working on a Dodge?
  12. bobwop
    Joined: Jan 13, 2008
    Posts: 6,078


    a testament to the strength of the steel used in 1955 for wheel studs.

    LH lug nuts are still available. try NAPA
  13. el_bole
    Joined: May 12, 2011
    Posts: 126


    I thought those were just Rolls Royce who did that! I had no idea....I figure they were rusted shut! I actually watched the episode of Fast and Loud(yes I am a fan) and saw the mechanic tripping out over the "backward" lug nuts. Damn Im glad I asked before cutting em with my Dremel(thanks Kirby1734)......Thank the sweet lord for my Hambers!!!
  14. If you get them glowing hot then let them cool (important) and it dont work, try "tighten" them as it is probably reverse threads as others have said, heating it good and letting it cool, should work on almost everything!
  15. SuRfAcE_RuSt
    Joined: Sep 22, 2010
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  16. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
    Posts: 1,761

    Inked Monkey

    Remember that the spindle nut is reverse thread too on the drivers side.
  17. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,822


    I broke several wheel studs on my '69 Roadrunner many years ago, "assuming" that the left-hand threads were in the 50s but surely not on 60s cars!
  18. SanDiegoHighwayman
    Joined: Jun 26, 2012
    Posts: 951


    I once came across a fella tryin to change a LF tire on a Buick [ as I remember ] and he'd broken off THREE studs already! LHT! :rolleyes:

    luckily, there were 2 opposin lugs left ;)

    enuf to git him off the freeway @ the next exit
  19. bill s preston esq
    Joined: Feb 1, 2011
    Posts: 315

    bill s preston esq

  20. Olds used LH lugs on the driver's side up through 1963. They switched over to all RH threads in 1964.

  21. Now check the wheel to see if the lug hole has cracked out,,,,,,,,,
  22. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,560

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    Did the same thing on a 69 dart:D but I new about that later when I bought a 67 plymouth satelite (like GTX) unbelievably a friend had some left hand thread shanked lug nuts so I could put a set of cragars on it without changing the studs:eek:...........that was back in the 80s
  23. el_bole
    Joined: May 12, 2011
    Posts: 126


    I recently had the olds moved because my city sent me a "remove vehicle" note.

    Before moving it to where it sits now I took off the front passenger side tire with no issues with my impact driver. So when I decided to cut the springs the pass side was done first. Now I want to even her out by cutting the driver's side......BUT......

    Hoping to get to it today with my new found knowledge, thanks again fellas!!!!!!!!
  24. dorf
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,087

    from ohio

    not hard to find ,bought mine at sumitt
  25. el_bole
    Joined: May 12, 2011
    Posts: 126


    Thanks again guys for all the help and info. Got the tire off with the impact and cut the coil down. Now she's sitting, low, pretty. Plus if I need LH lug nuts I know where to get em!

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