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Technical Mart's 41 pickup: Broken axle investigation. VIDEO!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mart, Oct 27, 2019.

  1. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,496


    The eagerly awaited sequel.

    I show some things that may be of particular interest to any Early Ford owner.

    I tear the axle apart IN SITU. Just dismantling the left side of the casing. I did it without dismantling the brakes which I didn't realise I could do until I tried it.

    I bust the hubs loose using the Vintage Precision puller. I share some insights about rear hubs and the puller.

    I pull the guts of the axle out the one side. I've heard that discussed before but never done it before or seen it done.

    I pull the carrier apart and find the culprit. Smoking gun identified.

    Have a look:

  2. Michael Ottavi
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 151

    Michael Ottavi

    Sometimes axles brake at the other end of a hot rod. This cost me 3 broken ribs and totaled the car! fullsizeoutput_7e3.jpeg
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  3. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,496


  4. Doublepumper
    Joined: Jun 26, 2016
    Posts: 1,080


    Always enjoy watching your videos Mart. Seeing your calm demeanor inspires me to try and do the same while working on my toys. Thanks and keep them coming!
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  5. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,175


    Thanks for taking us along for your repair. Quite interesting !

    One critique, however - please, please, get rid of those sheet metal jack stands and get some heavy duty ones or at the very least, NEVER place any part of your body underneath the car while it's raised up on them. I had a friend killed when one of the Chinese welds broke and the car landed on his chest. No one was around and he died of internal damage & suffication.
    I cut mine up before tossing them, so no one else could ever use them and bought some cast steel units. I even back those up with large blocks of wood, just in case.
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  6. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 1,301

    from Indiana

    I don't want to sidetrack Mart's post, but that is a pretty provocative picture with little explanation. As that axle is probably on thousands of hot rods, I must ask, Is that broken axle the cause or the result?
  7. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 2,307

    from norcal

    The “spirited manor” did the weld in, Cheers mate
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  8. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,496


    Or the many spirited events before that one.:rolleyes:

    The yellow axle stand isn't used under a car. The blue ones are old school British made and are good quality. I apply my own rules for positioning the three legged stands which mitigate any concerns about stability.

    Thanks for your concern though.

  9. Amazing that the wheel did'nt part company with the pickup Mart !

    Axle retainers are a must on these rear ends me thinks, something Ive put off doing on my roadster.

    Looking forward for the next installment !

    Not any more ;)
  10. Just re weld it :).

    Hope you find a better shaft over there.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2019
  11. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,496


    Thanks for the comments Lads.

    The next episode is in the works. There's a lot of editing to do. It would be far too long otherwise.

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