M38 Bell Crank Bolt Tourqe

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M38 Bell Crank Bolt Tourqe

Post by 1stSgtUSMC » Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:36 pm

I am re building my steering and am asse3mbling my rebuilt bell crank and am not sure how tight the bell crank bolt should be...I am assuming there is a tourqe. Can anyone assist? Thank you!

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Re: M38 Bell Crank Bolt Tourqe

Post by dpcd67 » Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:35 pm

I am doing exactly the same thing this week on my M606; same idler arm setup; as you know, at about serial number 100K, CJ2A got a larger 7/8ths and re-designed bell crank that uses a bolt instead of a very hard to replace pin. And not mounted to the axle (a very bad idea). The M38 uses that design.
Anyway, as with 99% of all Jeep fasteners, there is no torque specified, but it relies on standard shop procedures training to know how tight is tight. Which is what the TM, and the Jeep Universal Manual says to do. It's going into a split bracket and has a self locking nut on top; there wouldn't be a torque on such a setup anyway. Tighten the nut.
That is what I am going to do.
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Re: M38 Bell Crank Bolt Tourqe

Post by 1stSgtUSMC » Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:44 am

http://www.willysmjeeps.com/v2/modules. ... 2402#72402

thought this might help you get the answeres your looking for.

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Re: M38 Bell Crank Bolt Tourqe

Post by dpcd67 » Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:19 am

Not sure to whom you are referring; I didn't have a question about it. I know how to tighten the shaft nut and the lock bolt nut. It is a stretch to say that they are torqued to some standard bolt/size torque. I know what mechanics in Army motor pools do.
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