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davidwheeler
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« on: 17 November, 2015, 02:19:03 PM »

I long ago replaced the rear propshaft of Old Boot with a modern tubular one fitted with Hardy Spicers, with good results.   I now am considering the front joint between the front propshaft and the gearbox.  Sheila, who came from Oz, has had the fibre disc replaced by a Hardy Spicer fitted, so far as I can see, direct to the taper on the front  of the original solid shaft.    Theoretically this is not a good idea as there is no significant movement in the joint to spread the load around the needles but it seems fine still after a good few thousand miles.    Has anybody else any experience?  I am thinking of getting a Ben-type aluminium disc with Silentblocs fitted in to it (see Aprilia thread) made up as a better solution.
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David Wheeler.  Lambdas, Aprilia, Fulvia Sport.(formerly Appia and Thema as well).
Tony Stephens
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« Reply #1 on: 18 November, 2015, 06:45:04 AM »

Only problem Is that this is quite visible when you look under the bonnet. The Lambda Consortium has stock of the Hardy-type fibre disc as original although they are pricey.
However I am aware you know this, and I am preaching to the (un)converted!
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« Reply #2 on: 18 November, 2015, 05:29:07 PM »

I'll paint it black!
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David Wheeler.  Lambdas, Aprilia, Fulvia Sport.(formerly Appia and Thema as well).
Tony Stephens
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« Reply #3 on: 29 November, 2015, 08:37:50 AM »

By the way, when I got a new rear propshaft made (out of an Austin Gypsy front shaft obtained from Aylesbury's scrap yard) some years ago, I had this done by Recoprop in Luton, whom I recommend. They also took the solid front shaft in to check the balance - with some misgivings because of its apparent age, and only because I assured them I had checked it in the lathe and there was minimal runout.
On returning the whole lot to me: new rear shaft, centre bearing and front shaft:they showed me the tiny balance weight they had had to add, and said they were astonished at the quality of this original '20's part.
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« Reply #4 on: 29 November, 2015, 12:20:23 PM »

I'd recommend Recoprop as well, having rebuilt the one off my Suzuki Cappuccino for me.

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