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Old 07-16-2013, 04:19 PM
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Spindle thread repair on my '57 Chevy Pickup

I'm restoring my '57 pickup and just today I dissembled the front brakes and removed the drum and hub. My spindle has thread damage on both sides. Looks like at one time there was a bearing issue that caused damage and the threads have been filed so the nuts thread on OK but the threads are worn down and the nuts wiggle. One side is a worse than the other. I do not want to take any chances with safety on this truck so I need to deal with it. They may work OK but if there is a failure, it could be catastophic with the loss of a wheel.

They don't make new spindles for these that are stock. Only drop spindles are available and I don't want those. So, my options are repair them or find a used set.

Can most any machine shop build them up and re-thread them?

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Here's the worse one:



I don't know, maybe I'm being too anal.
Would you use it as-is?
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That looks shaky.
Any machine shop worth its salt can fix that.
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i think your being a little anal, but if you insist...
lots of guys here putting mustII or front clips on their trucks would probably have a freebie for you
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:53 PM
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Thanks Ogre. I may end up doing a WTB on that forum. I will have to become a contributing member though before I'm able to.
I'm still curious if there is a local machine shop that could build up and re-thread it for a reasonable charge. After I get the spindles pulled, I may go visit one or two.

Btw, here is the other one. I think maybe it's OK because the thread damage is behind the where the nut sits. This one must have had some sort of bearing issue that caused this damage. The nut wiggles on this too but I think I will buy new nuts and see if it's a little more tight.

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The simplest and Cheapest repair would to buy a metric die (which is slightly smaller (and recut your threads and use a metric castle nut ,it will not be so much smaller that it will cause any problems

you will retain same washer bearings and cap.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:57 AM
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After posting my photos in a project thread over on trifive.com, a few good folks there have offered good used ones to me for just the cost of shipping.
I took one of them up on it.
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