Taylormade

The Ressurection of Daphne - a 1932 DL

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Thanks.  I’m finally cleared for knee replacement surgery next Tuesday, but my wife has promised to haul in items from the garage so I can work on them at a table in the living room.  Since almost all parts are restored and painted, I plan to assemble the head and cowl lights with new wiring, put the taillight back together and finish putting the dash and gauges together.  Hopefully, I’ll be walking again when I’m finished with all that.

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Great news! We all hope it goes very well for you and look forward to your speedy recovery.

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10 hours ago, Taylormade said:

Thanks.  I’m finally cleared for knee replacement surgery next Tuesday, but my wife has promised to haul in items from the garage so I can work on them at a table in the living room.  Since almost all parts are restored and painted, I plan to assemble the head and cowl lights with new wiring, put the taillight back together and finish putting the dash and gauges together.  Hopefully, I’ll be walking again when I’m finished with all that.

EXCELLENT news!

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I knew things were going to good to be true.  My clean and paint steering box project just turned into a major problem.  I noticed, when I took the box apart, the outer steering column was very hard to unscrew.  I also noticed the dreaded marks of a pipe wrench that had been uses in the distant past to remove or replace said column.  Today I started cleaning the column and discovered why it was so hard to get out - and why it probably will never go back in again.  The threads are absolutely destroyed.  I doubt if running a tap - provided I could afford or find one that large - would do much to help.  There are whole chunks missing.  Plus, check out the wrench marks on the threads - somebody went at this thing with abandon.

 

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Anybody got a spare steering column for a 32 Dodge Brothers out there?   Or could a machine shop weld this up and re-thread it?  It looks like the threads in the box itself are okay, which is a relief and a surprise.

 

 

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Don't give up on that one! I would try a thread file first. It might take a while, but it should clean up with a bit of patience.

Well, maybe a lot of patience. Mine is like that below: the ends do internal threads, the main body does external threads. This one can do 8 pitches.

 

https://www.webbikeworld.com/repair-threads-thread-file/

 

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Sounds like a plan Spinneyhill.  Once I figure out the pitch I’ll get the correct file.  They seem to sell files for assorted pitches, but they all show different sizes.  Since I can do this sitting down, it may be a good recovery project.

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12 minutes ago, Taylormade said:

Once I figure out the pitch I’ll get the correct file.

Do you have a pitch gauge? That one above can do 8 pitches, one of which is likely to be the one you want. Anyway, you should use a pitch gauge to test first.

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I’ve got one around somewhere - you know that story.  But I can lay a common bolt in the threads and it matches perfectly, so it’s a common size.

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I'd start with a thread chaser/die, any good machine shop should have one that size, and you appear to have 2-3 good threads to get it started. I've always been amazed at how a good die can correct such damage, and the main advantage is they do not alter pattern and avoid filing off excess material. A split die would be even better, but I doubt you would will find one that large. I had some poor/damaged threads on the ends of several of my 9/16" fine thread shock bolts. I cut a corresponding nut in half and clamped it on the threads with a vice grip (not too tight just able to turn), with bolt in my vise, and amazing how it cleaned things up. Machine shops have those long heavy duty handles to make the job easier.

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Would one of these be helpful? Ken-Tool TD30. They are used to rethread axle threads

 that have been beat on until mushroomed out. The thread pitch is as follows: 3/4-16tpi, 3/4-20, 7/8-14, 1”-13, 1 1/8-11.5, 1 1/4-11. You place the tool over the threads and tighten lightly, repeating tighter and tighter until the threads regain their shape.

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The Ken-Tool would probably work, but it’s too small - the diameter of my unit is two inches at least.  You may be right, Gunsmoke, but good machine shops are hard to find around here.  McMaster-Carr has a correct sized thread chaser die for around 300 bucks.

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What is the size ? To me those threads do not look bad .  Clean up with a tri side file or the thread file like suggested . Than add sealant during install to prevent leaks if that your worry .

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Lying in a hospital bed after having knee replacement surgery.  Everything seems to have gone fairly well.  Some pain, but not as bad as I was expecting.  They say I should be home Thursday.

 

I found a terrific machine shop, one those places full of mills, lathes and other machinery run by two guys with tons of experience who love old cars.  After explaining my problem with my steering column,  the first question was, “got it with you?”  I showed it to them and said it was from a 32 Dodge Brothers.  That was all I needed to say.  Their eyes lit up, told me it would take a couple of days, and then proceeded to show me the 29 Ford pickup, 36 Ford pickup and the 55 VW convertible in the back room.  They are going to turn the threads on a lathe and use a tap on the interior threads of the steering box.  Hopefully, problem solved.

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Get better QUICK like a bunny so we can see more progress! Hahaha.

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Xclnt news on the steering box and even better on you. I don't think they will let you lie around in bed for long! All the best for your recovery.

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Glad your surgery went well and hope your recovery is quick. At least you have some projects on your car so you don't get bored. I sure do enjoy reading your posts and watching your car come together.

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