Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:22 pm

I am just starting to install the fasthitch on my '55 cub and I have a weird screw/bolt in one of the forward impliment holes of the right final:

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Before I attempt to remove this, and possibly mangle it, anyone know if it has a specific purpose? I need to remove it so I can install the substitute drawbar.

Thanks.

Re: Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:24 pm

Hi Dale,Its not a factory bolt, I have seen a couple of final drives with the bottom of the casting punched out and will leak oil so some one will put a bolt back in the hole to keep it from leaking
Tim

Re: Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:34 pm

Sounds like a distinct possibility. Guess once I get it out, I could confirm that. If that is the case, as long as I put a bolt back in and use a sealant (Permatex?) I would think it wouldn't leak since the actual fluid level is lower than this bolt and it only gets slung oil, right?

Re: Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:51 pm

right

Re: Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:15 pm

Maybe somebody wanted something a little more robust than a cork to keep the dirt out?

Re: Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:29 pm

It may have broken off and the previous owner hack sawed a slot to use a screwdriver to get it out.

Re: Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:28 pm

Welding a nut to it with some heat may get it out.

Re: Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:46 pm

BDFinch wrote:.........Before I attempt to remove this, and possibly mangle it, anyone know if it has a specific purpose? I need to remove it so I can install the substitute drawbar..........
wfmdfm wrote:Welding a nut to it with some heat may get it out.
Since he hasn't even attempted to remove it yet I think there are a few easier ways to try before getting the welder and torches out. First would be a big screwdriver. Second would be a drag link socket used on the tie rods.

Re: Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:19 am

Scrivet wrote:Second would be a drag link socket used on the tie rods.

Can you explain this a bit better...what is a drag link socket, and what tie rods? Thanks

Re: Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:29 am

what is a drag link socket


Having worked in a brake/front-end shop when I was younger....I can honestly say I'm familiar with them.

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Re: Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:40 am

Ah yes, I have seen those. Perfect.

Re: Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:27 am

Drag link socket already explained.

The big screw on the outboard ends of the cub tie rods was the tie rods I was revering to.

Another option I have used (on the tie rod ends) is an appropriately sized chisel with a hex shaft in a box end wrench if it's not to tight. I guess a socket and ratchet wrench would work as well, you could give it a little more push to stay in the slot.

Re: Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:38 am

Harold R wrote:
what is a drag link socket


Having worked in a brake/front-end shop when I was younger....I can honestly say I'm familiar with them.

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Picture courtesy of NAPA Auto Parts.
Those come in several sizes, and I modified a small one to use in unscrewing one of the check valves in the early style Touch Control block.

Re: Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:50 am

Scrivet wrote:Maybe somebody wanted something a little more robust than a cork to keep the dirt out?

Actually you can buy bolts to place in the finals and main T tube at TSC cheeper than you can buy cork. :roll:
At least that's what I've found out in my area.

Re: Funky final screw/bolt to identify

Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:53 pm

Hmmm...I already have a chisel I use for those tie rods, so I will try it tomorrow if I get a chance.

And you are right, Yogie, those corks can be a tad pricey, so when a hardware store was going out of business, I bought a large assortment and have about filled all those holes in my three tractors. Every time I think I have found them all, I see another mud dauber heading for a new spot!!! :lol: