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MG TD TF 1500 - 1/2 shaft removal

Gentlemen: This weekend I completely removed my rear end for restoration as well as a 4.3 conversion. The manual identifies that you should use a modified slide hammer to extricate the i/2 shafts! Do any of you know of another way? This rather than me having to go and procure then modify a sliding hammer that might not ever get used again!
Thanks in advance for the help!
Rod 1954 TF slowly coming apart:)
Rod Murray

I think we just 'pulled' and they came out...don't remember any special tools at all... I know when we reinstalled them, they just pushed in?

On tough ones I used a chain bolted to the hub/ Make a loop and instal a 2/4. Swing the 2/4 and it will jar the axle loose. No tool needed.
Sandy Sanders

Rod - "The manual identifies that you should use a modified slide hammer to extricate the i/2 shafts!"

That to me would be a great excuse to get a very useful tool. You can make the modification yourself, using it in conjunction with Sandy's chain. Slide hammers have all sorts of uses, once you have one, and they are not all that expensive. Cheers - Dave
David DuBois

Gordon is right, when I remove the 1/2 axle there was no need for any hammering I just 'pulled' and they came out.
But you need something to remove the Brake bell (not sure if the name is correct, sorry)

Working on Guenter's technique for Ttalk. Have a look at Bud
Bud Krueger


There's only one thing wrong with your very excellent treatise on ½-shafts: that is, that OSH is getting more difficult to obtain.

But I must admit that after a sweaty and stuibborn job (like tne woddruff key in the pedal shaft), OSH lubricates better than anything!

Gord Clark
Rockburn, Qué.
Gordon A. Clark

Gentlemen: Thanks for the help here! What I did was a modification of a couple of your solution options.... I got a piece of 2x4 about 2 feet long put a hole in one end about 6 inches from the end such that the saft would just go through, put the washer and the nut back on the shaft and then used a rubber mallet to hit the 2x4 with one hand and supporting the other end of the 2x4 with the other! 2 fairly soft whacks and out they came with no trouble at all:) After reading Guenter/Bud's treatise I'm looking into new 1/2 shafts! What is OSH?
Regards Rod Murray
Rod Murray

OSH is Osseo Senior High School... oh wait, that's another context.

OSH is Old Speckled Hen beer, named in honor of an Abingdon MG Factory Hack Vehicle that had strayed too close to the paint rectification area too many times. The resulting splattered paint caused it to be referred to as 'the ol' speckled un' and when a local brewery decided to introduce a new beer, they modified it to 'Old Speckled Hen'.

You can get it at some beer importers. It's kind of a homage thing... but it actually is a pretty good beer.

Dave Braun

OSH could also be the 3 letter identifier for a WI airport using airport transfers sevenoaks that in about a weeks time has a landing or takeoff every 5 to 6 seconds:)
On the beer my early disapated youth this side and that side of the pond MISSED out on that beer... for shame!
Rod Murray

Good for you Rod. I'm not at all surprised that you came up with a solution to your problem. It would be interesting to have a look at my original diff. to see what the axles are like after all the hard work they endured during their early life. I would like to talk with you, if you are considering an order.

George Raham
TD 4224
G. L. Raham

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