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Hello club members i'm looking for the proper torque for the rear axle nuts on a 1928 Chrysler mod 52 can anyone help with this information .

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Torque was not specified until the mid 1930s. Torque wrenches came into use in the mid to late '30s.

 

Usually about 150 lb.ft if it is on a taper.

Edited by Spinneyhill (see edit history)

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thank you for the information 150 it is yes its a taper have a great day thanks.    Jim  

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Tighten until the threads just begin to smoke. then backoff 1/4 turn.

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150 may be a lot for your old shafts.  On my 1925 Buick Standard I was wanting to go to 120 ft lbs, but I have been staying at 100.  I have not yet decided if I will go to 120, which is where I would like to go.  I have noticed that the threads are soft on these old shafts.  The taper shaft should be installed dry, but for the big nut, it is not a bad idea to use neverseize on the threads.   My car has a tab washer under the nut, and I have not bent the tabs over yet.  After I go for a short drive (5 miles), I have noticed that the nut still moves a little when I retorque it, so the taper is still seating in.  I did look at one time on wheel nut torque but I never saw anything over 140 ft lbs for these early cars.  I think that was for a Lincoln or a Model A shaft where information is easier to find.  FYI, Spinneyhill always gives me great advise, I just wanted to provide a little extra to think about.      Hugh

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