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PostPosted: February 11, 2019, 8:21 am 
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50-200in lbs for small hardware. [SNIP]
0-30 torque meter. [SNIP]
total preload of 15 inch lbs. [SNIP]
more than 30 inch lbs
Shoot, I just tell Bubba to use two fingers, or three, or his whole hand... :mrgreen:

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50-200in lbs for small hardware. [SNIP]
0-30 torque meter. [SNIP]
total preload of 15 inch lbs. [SNIP]
more than 30 inch lbs
Shoot, I just tell Bubba to use two fingers, or three, or his whole hand... :mrgreen:

:cheers:
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Haha.. my mits arent that well calibrated. For fear of breaking things, I tend to undertighten, torque wrench needed for this guy. 

Did I say I was going to get reverse going this week? Soon as I did, wifey gets sick, and we have a snow day and the kids are home.. 

I did manage a few small bits. Made a bridge to move a brake line away from the flywheel. For some reason a critical line next to a rotating mass didnt sit well. 

Been torquing down bolts at the rear end. Got the pinion flange back in the diff with the proper pre load and smooth breakaway torque. I un crushed the collar by placing it over a pipe and taping it out with a hammer.. i know, kinda crude, but it gave me the illusion it worked.... worse case, I take it all apart and replace the gears with 3.42s and a proper rebuild.

Added a threaded bung for another fan switch.. this is located on the coolant manifold on the top of the engine. Cleaned it out with a wire brush on an extention. I rarely use these, got them at the yardstore in 2009.. got the manifold painted up today both inside and out. You can see by the crud that came out and why paint was needed. Ideally it would be plated .. or made from aluminum.

And finally, my shelves and drawers showed up.. some shipping damage to a back panel. That is being addressed. Managed to get all my tools, paint, auto fluids and lubes in. Requires a steplader to access all levels. Drawers are cavernous and can take 400 lbs per drawer.. for some reason, my shop and tool crib is much tidyer, most likely attributed to wanting to open and close drawers now. My old craftsman box sold in 2 hr on kijiji. Planning to add more of this rousseau stuff.. check them out if you live in canada.. made in quebec and right up there with lista, vidmar etc. Although expensive, way less than the other brands... most likely due to not importing from the states.. I bought right before the steel tarrifs were implemented aswell.

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PostPosted: February 22, 2019, 7:23 pm 
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I thought a new crush sleeve was a done-deal based on your post or I would have suggested that but also heating to anneal since the crush and the straightening tend to harden the sleeve but I've done that with Ford sleeves a few times and had no issues with loosening coupler flanges.

Steel coolant tubes work fine when the coolant ratio is maintained and changed every few years. Paint can soften, separate, and clog a radiator tube or head gasket hole.

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