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Re: Favorite penetrating oil that DOESN'T STINK!

"The only way I find to get a proper metric is to "
Actually, I bought a couple of little tools last year that I keep kicking myself in the ass for not having boughts a thousand years ago. Thread pitch tools.
Anywhere from $5-20 each, available in metric, english, and beware if there's no label because there are Whitworth as well.
It looks like a little fold-up set of allen keys or feeler gauges, like a little pocket knife. Except each "blade" has a set of teeth cut into one or booth edges, each in a different thread and pitch. So if you hold a bolt against the blades and "1/4x20" matches up, or "8mmx1.5" matches up, whatever it is, it really is.
On the higher priced side of things, they also are sold like a "necklace" where the pearls are different sized nuts. Again, whatever nut fits, that's your thread. (And vice versa, strings of bolts to check your nuts.)

The Home Despot and other places have been kind enough to put "size finders" like that one the hardware shelf, but it is so cheap and easy to just buy the damned things and have them in the tool box. I think Vermont American is one of the inexpensive brands, just an inch long and that's good enough.

Which of course still doesn't help with generic imported junk metal parts that were made on worn out dies for the lowest price.
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Re: Favorite penetrating oil that DOESN'T STINK!

So Med, what ever happened to the engine and transmission? Was it toast from all you did? (hope not!!!)
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Re: Favorite penetrating oil that DOESN'T STINK!

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So Med, what ever happened to the engine and transmission? Was it toast from all you did? (hope not!!!)
Tranny doesn't seem to be leaking, so hopefully the seal is still good. The "alignment" that I hauled out to do turned into a major job. Basically, everything aft of the transmission is being replaced.

The previous owner installed a used prop-shaft that was too short. He had some kind of steel "coupler" fabricated at an auto shop and installed it to take up the space. Needless to say the hunk of rusted metal wasn't true to <3,000inch. Consequently no amount of alignment would help.

Once we started taking it apart we found that it had worn oval shaped holes where the bolts were attached to the transmission. It also had worn my packing gland into something other than a circle.

In order to try and survive from a financial perspective the yard has been kind enough to let me do as much work as possible even though it's not a do-it-yourself yard. Yesterday I cut the propshaft in half to facilitate removal. That was fun.

When she's all done she'll have a new (everything) and a drip-less packing. Should be good when it's done, except for the bill.... So far (fingers crossed) no damage from the penetrating oil on the tranny.

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Re: Favorite penetrating oil that DOESN'T STINK!

Ouch! So sorry to hear that. Glad the yard is being nice!
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