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thought I'd just share a victory with you. I made a socket to remove the large rear hub nuts. I cut off an MGA front hub and welded in eight small pieces of 1/8 steel. As the nut is thin I also thought I'd add a pilot that fits into the axle shaft tube. This came from a brake shaft of a 1926 Morris. I always knew those parts would come in handy one day. I think there is something fitting about using an MGA hub. I own one so no rude comments please. Anyway, the socket looks a bit rough but it worked a treat. By the way, there has been some talk about torquing these nuts up. I could be wrong, but I really don't think they have been off before and they really weren't that tight. I would estimate no more than about 40 ft lbs. Anyway, this might inspire others to make their own.
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Whatever works! Perhaps more than I enjoy working on the cars, I get off on making tools to use on them. A very long time ago, I made an overdrive pump removal tool for the late MGB units using a portion of a Spridget axleshaft__repurposing is good!
 

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...By the way, there has been some talk about torquing these nuts up. I could be wrong, but I really don't think they have been off before and they really weren't that tight. I would estimate no more than about 40 ft lbs. Anyway, this might inspire others to make their own.
Matthew

Not too surprising. The nuts are secured with a 'lockwasher' which is bent against a flat on the nut. Over the years, the miniscule flexing of the axle and bearing gradually flatten the lockwasher--which is mild steel--releasing some of the torque on the nut. Even with part of the washer tabbed over, the nut is allowed to unscrew a slight amount; the difference between 40lb-ft and 70--which is the nominal value--is probably just a few degrees.
 
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