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    The other day I borrowed Jim Orr's car, or should I say I borrowed my old car for a drive. I last drove it on the way up to NC for the TRials. Jim had said he had a wobble or a twitch. He wasn't kidding. The other day he took apart the left rear axle to replace a faulty u-joint when something fell out. This is what he found when he took apart the rear axle. Man, that looked nasty. He replaced the axle but when I drove it again the twitch/wobble was back. The new axle does not have a hole for the cotter pin to keep things in place. I consulted with Mike Hurst, a local guru, and he mentioned a word that has since escaped me, but it may start with an F, and it describes movement when the axle and the flange are moving and shouldn't be. A pint for the first one to remind me of this unintended movement. Since these two parts go together very tightly bad things can happen when they become loose. A tech session in the near future is at hand. Stay tuned.
    Never seen this before

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    The word of the day is fret, as is to wear or gnaw away.

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      Well that doesnt look good,I have seen this before,in the early life or anytime of these cars, when they wouldnt start,we would bump start the cars in reverse or 1st gear,this is what I think happened,also doesnt matter if the shaft has a cotter key or nyloc,
      Phil

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      • #4
        Warranty work I hope
        So much rust, so little time

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          These cars are being driven more than 40 years beyond their intended design life. Bad things, such as the above, are going to happen. At least the wheel/tire didn't fall off.

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            They should last forever Irv. What are you sayin'???!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Chandlerazman View Post
              They should last forever Irv. What are you sayin'???!!
              Yeah Irv, what are you saying? Btw, are we supposed to change the oil or is it lifetime?
              Last edited by ralittle2; 04-10-2019, 01:08 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ralittle2 View Post

                Yeah Irv, what are you saying? Btw, are we supposed to change the oil or is it lifetime?
                "Leyland Lifetime" - it's like dog years in reverse. When they say "That car'll last yer a lifetime", they're talking about ~10 years.
                Dave C
                '72 Sapphire #CC82360UO
                Chapel Hill NC

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                • #9
                  No need to change the oil. The leaks and seeps keep you on your toes replenishing... True story. I once worked for a boss who had a ten year old pickup truck. Says he never changed the oil and just kept it topped off.
                  He was a self made millionaire electrical contractor and wanted to see how far he could keep that truck running. Back then, he had 110,000 miles on it. Sounded normal as can be. Shows up to work one day with his wifes new Mercedes convertible with conduit sticking out the back. He needed a write-off and took a pic of the car and all the electrical material hanging off it. My hero! Learned alot from him. Jim Thompson was his name out of Orange County CA. Originally a third grade educated man from Oklahoma. Proof that you can make it in this world. I remember visiting him with my then girlfriend and now wife Marie on his electric boat drinking Kessler Whisky. That was when I went to pick up the brown rusted piece of shit that Ashford now owns. Don't worry Ash... I don't think there's any part of that old car left. I think I replaced every dang nut and bolt, sheet metal, glass, rubber, engine... What was I thinking?!! Yep, i'd do it all again if I had the funds.

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                    Originally posted by Chandlerazman View Post
                    No need to change the oil. The leaks and seeps keep you on your toes replenishing... True story. I once worked for a boss who had a ten year old pickup truck. Says he never changed the oil and just kept it topped off.
                    He was a self made millionaire electrical contractor and wanted to see how far he could keep that truck running. Back then, he had 110,000 miles on it. Sounded normal as can be. Shows up to work one day with his wifes new Mercedes convertible with conduit sticking out the back. He needed a write-off and took a pic of the car and all the electrical material hanging off it. My hero! Learned alot from him. Jim Thompson was his name out of Orange County CA. Originally a third grade educated man from Oklahoma. Proof that you can make it in this world. I remember visiting him with my then girlfriend and now wife Marie on his electric boat drinking Kessler Whisky. That was when I went to pick up the brown rusted piece of shit that Ashford now owns. Don't worry Ash... I don't think there's any part of that old car left. I think I replaced every dang nut and bolt, sheet metal, glass, rubber, engine... What was I thinking?!! Yep, i'd do it all again if I had the funds.
                    Simon, you need to bite the bullet and get another TR.

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