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    #16
    Do we know if any of the regular contributors are involved with the Tooling Fund Ltd company? If I don't get any responses I will email the address in the mag and see how I get on. I am also keen to get some decent axle stubs made as well.

    Mike

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      #17
      Paul Smith is the chairman according to the Mag, email soctflATstag.org.uk.

      Decent stub axles (for the front at least) are already available - got mine from Chris Witor, fitted perfectly, checked the tapers out with blue - perfect.
      Last edited by wilf; 11 June 2021, 11:14.
      Header tanks - you can't beat a bit of bling.

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        #18
        Originally posted by MikeParker View Post
        Do we know if any of the regular contributors are involved with the Tooling Fund Ltd company?....

        Mike
        Goldstar

        The answer isn't 42, it's 1/137

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          #19
          Wilf,

          I did chat with Chris about the source of his axle stubs and I seem to remember them being the same as the other suppliers, i.e. there is only one source for use with the original hubs. It's not a huge market. You can get uprated axles for the new uprated hubs and these do not have the wasting in the mounting taper and are presumably the correct taper angle also. I think most people have had to grind their axles in because the inner ends (small diameter) are slightly too large in diameter. I have checked new axles with new vertical links and you can rock sideways by a few thou at the fat end before grinding them down. That's why they snap off IMHO. It would be great to see the original drawings as this would prove what part is wrong (link or axle). The original Leyland axles have the same issue also.

          Not sure if blue would show the problem unless you keep the axle perfectly centred. It is easier to see without blue. The inner end gets more polished than the outer when the axle shaft is rotated in the link in a lathe.

          Drew,

          Thanks for that. If there is no response from a member of SOCTFL, I will pm him and see what he thinks.

          Mike

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            #20
            Originally posted by MikeParker View Post
            I am also keen to get some decent axle stubs made as well.

            Mike
            I doubt that SOCTFL will get involved with stub axles as there are good ones readily available from several suppliers already. I changed mine out last year for ones supplied by Chris Witor and they have now done over 3,000 miles.

            https://www.socforum.com/forum/forum...252-close-call

            Maybe any issues you have with available units could be fed back to the suppliers for product improvement.
            Dave
            1974 Mk2, ZF Auto, 3.45 Diff, Datsun Driveshafts. Stag owner/maintainer since 1989.

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              #21
              they have now done over 3,000 miles
              Dave, I don't think they fail until quite a high mileage. I think you are probably safe for more than100K or so whatever you have fitted. Mine snapped at around160K and was the original axle. They do say the newer ones are safer because they are machined from better stock. It is just so serious when it does go that I do feel it would be worth sorting.

              Many have recommend fitting the uprated axles and hubs for safety and handling (they don't flex as much). Why have we got uprated axles/hubs if the original design is fine?

              Mike

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                #22
                Because the aftermarket is always inventing something "better"?
                Header tanks - you can't beat a bit of bling.

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by wilf View Post
                  Because the aftermarket is always inventing something "better"?
                  That is also true!

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                    #24
                    And in truth, the original designs have lasted nearly half a century, probably multiples of their design life.
                    Header tanks - you can't beat a bit of bling.

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