The 11th International Portafold & Ansfold Gathering (i.e. 2019)

Following the huge success of the 10th International Gathering we'll be at Retrofestival again. It's a massive show now and is popular with everyone.

It's held at the Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG18 9QZ; on the weekend of the 9th, 10th & 11th of August 2019.

Don't book with the organisers, just contact me to get your pitch saved.

Help with wheel nuts and studs

Any questions about maintenance or the restoration of your Portafold or Ansfold.
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Help with wheel nuts and studs

Post by vauxhallbitz » Fri, 06 Apr 2007, 9:18 pm

Hello all,

I have just come in from the garage after a long struggle with the wheel nuts on my Portafold - I lost and ended up shearing one of the wheel nuts off, so has anyone else suffered this fate or am I unique?
All four of the wheel nuts on one side are completely seized and will not move, the other side was no problem. (Please don't tell me that one side is a left hand thread!!!!!)

Secondly I am just about to remove the body from the chassis and would appreciate any advice re lifting/supporting the body for removal.

PS I presume that I will need a complete stub axle assembly to repair the sheared off wheel nut, does anyone have anything lying aroung that I could use??

Fraser

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Post by Admin » Fri, 06 Apr 2007, 9:57 pm

I'm afraid you've got it one, they've got a left handed thread, sorry!

As for replacing it, you'll have to wait for someone with more experience at that than me, I've never tried it, over to Neil...

The complete restoration that I got told about was done by using the corner steadies to support the body while you wheel out the chassis from underneath. I'd probably suggest something a little more substantial though, for safety sake.
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Post by Neil » Fri, 06 Apr 2007, 10:20 pm

Im sure you can just knock the studs out to replace them,if not, normally grind the backs down and hit em out,my portafolds got modified hubs on so not too sure of original ones :oops:

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Post by vauxhallbitz » Sat, 07 Apr 2007, 10:13 pm

Hello all,

Yes you were right, one side has a left hand thread, the other three wheel nuts came off without too much trouble, bearing in mind I had tightened them up quite a bit, so does anyone out there have an old hub assembly that they could knock a stud out of for me please!!!

Neil, what kind of modified hubs do you have on your Portafold?


PS Gave up on the idea of removing the chassis, I didn't think that the corner steadies would support the extra strain of lifting the body to the required height to get the chassis out.

If it ain't broke don't fix it I suppose.

On with the painting now, anyone got any tips on painting a Portafold?

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Post by Neil » Sat, 07 Apr 2007, 10:34 pm

The hubs on our portafold are mini hubs,they just widen the track a bit suposedly makes them tow better!
Try this site for wheels studs might be helpfull

http://rallynuts.com/motorsport/Wheel_Studs_1942/


or here


http://www.western-towing.co.uk/acatalo ... _Nuts.html

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Post by vauxhallbitz » Sun, 08 Apr 2007, 7:51 pm

Hello Neil,

Thanks for the advice, did you fit the Mini hubs to your van or did you buy it like that?

If you fitted them, how easy a job is it?

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Post by Neil » Sun, 08 Apr 2007, 8:16 pm

Hello Fraser
They were allready fitted when i got it,but i think it's just a case of maybe changing the back plate and bolt them on,but i could be wrong(more than likely!!)
Next time i nip up the garage i'll have to have a good nose at them,never really inspected them before :oops:

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Post by Admin » Sun, 08 Apr 2007, 9:57 pm

Neil wrote:The hubs on our portafold are mini hubs,they just widen the track a bit suposedly makes them tow better!

That's what the guy who sold it to you said...

"They're not the original hubs but they do make it tow better, honest guv, swear on my dead grandmuvers life an' all that." :wink:
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Post by Neil » Mon, 09 Apr 2007, 5:37 pm

I can vouch for the fact it does handle well at speed(not on a public road of course) :roll:

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