Bernie.. In true BSA fashion they keep a part number the same(29-2023), but alter the thread!! Earlier engines have a 5/8" CEI (20 TPI?) thread nut, but from 1969 on the nut was a 5/8" UNF (18 TPI). Do you have thread gauges to measure the TPI? Maybe you have a later crank fitted (not sure whether compatible with earlier cases though) I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.. HTH Ian
There's another little wrinkle - the nuts are often covered in a hard brown preservative, that's thick enough to make the thread oversize and it apparently doesn't fit. The brown stuff's a bu66er to remove too, doesn't dissolve in degreaser - I usually run a tap down those nuts before attempting to fit them.
Thanks all - it has the double ended sludge trap so I reckon it's the original crankshaft and the threads have been munged by a P.O. - looks like a punch mark to secure the rotor nut instead of a new washer.
I measured the pitch with a vernier and then ordered 3/8 x 20 die (to clean and recut damaged threads) and SS nut but they don't seem right.
I'll get a TPI thread guage and double check the crank thread.
Got to get this bike right by next summer 'cos we're planning to crash the Cheshires again on your summer camp!
If there is anyone to thank it is the good folks at the International Standards Organization (ISO). Before ISO was universally adopted around the globe nearly every country and/or manufacturer had their own version of what they facetiously referred to as "Metric". One could not take a screw out of a Bultaco and thread it into a Ossa. The screws from a Yamaha would not fit into a Kawasaki, and on it went.
Wasn't it the French during Napoleon's era? If there is anyone to thank it is the good folks at the International Standards Organization (ISO).
'Twas indeed the French, but before Napoleon's time - he just spread it (along with driving on the right (wrong) side of the road) to every country he conquered, and then every one those countries colonised.
The metre was originally defined during the French Revolution. At one stage, the revolutionaries tried to decimalise everything - 10 hour days and 10-day weeks - the latter didn't go down well with les citoyens and was abandoned tout de suite (sorry ). In defining the metre, the revolutionary committee wanted a line between the North Pole and the Equator passing through Paris to measure 10,000,000 metres;unfortunately the mathematicians of the day screwed up and it measures 10,000,882 metres.
So the entire metric system is based on a mistake, and even the ISO couldn't fix that. Us Brits were right to have no truck with such barmy systems.
Hah - might have guessed it, my thread woes are all due to Johnny Foreigner....
Looking around various sources of thread form info I think what I need is the coarse CEI thread which is 20 TPI. The nut and die that I ordered are 5/8 x 20 but unspecified thread form. The only other thread form I can find that matches that is 'Admiralty Fine' which I hadn't heard of previously.
So, another search for nuts and die, specifiying CEI20 this time....
my thread woes are all due to Johnny Foreigner.... The only other thread form I can find that matches that is 'Admiralty Fine'
Errr ... koff ... whisper it quietly but the "Admiralty" is the British Admiralty ... We can't blame this on the EU ...
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another search for nuts and die, specifiying CEI20 this time
Even if were Admiralty thread (which I very much doubt, the Admiralty stopped actually specifying them before God was an apprentice), they're the same form as Whitworth and BSF. The chances of that making a noticeable difference with 60-degree Cycle threads are infinitesimally small.