[T3] FW: Coil, Calipers, and Front Beam

Adriel Rowley adriel_rowley at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 11 00:31:56 PDT 2011

Adney, sorry I was not clear: meant the beam mounts that have a square washer. The first threads look as a glob not individual threads, but will look closer when I have a chance. Since it is a body mount do not think chips be an issue. After getting the tap and die set learned I was to use cutting oil so bought a big bottle and use plenty, and repeadly if heat and/or chips are a concern.
Thank you so very much!

> From: jadney at vwtype3.org
> To: type3 at vwtype3.org
> Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2011 01:18:35 -0500
> Subject: Re: [T3] FW:  Coil, Calipers, and Front Beam
> On 10 Jul 2011 at 20:07, Adriel Rowley wrote:
> > Adney, surprised how long they can go without greasing.  So no
> > fittings will be left in.  Seems like there would also be no reason to
> > drill and tap those that are not already.  What is the life of a ball
> > joint? 
> They were drilled up to about '71, then VW discontinued that feature. 
> I often relube them when I acquire a new car, but seldom afterwards. 
> Most ball joints last the life of the car. I've never replaced one.
> > It looks to me the first few threads are mangled, which is odd if so,
> > as I am careful and hard steel.  Guess it would not hurt, right? 
> They really aren't tapped, just drilled, but the drill left a bit of 
> a helix, which is what you're seeing. Don't try to tap them, that 
> would introduce chips into the ball joint and shorten their life.
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