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Old 12-13-2007, 09:44 PM   #15
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Sometimes you can rescue a drum by just pushing in a new stud if it is the kind that installs from inside the drum and has a flat head on it. Some of the people did not like the original lug bolts used on many of the trailers and installed just double ended studs from the outside of the drums. If you strip one of these out of the drum you will have to take the drum down to the local repair shop and have it taped out a litttle bigger with a special tap and then have what is called a "Helicoil" installed. It will cost a lot less than a new drum and all the problems entailed.
Are you saying I can get a double headed stud and screw it in from the outside of the drum and then put a lug nut on to the stud? Do you know where these can be purchased? Thanks.
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:19 AM   #16
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Picture, please. That would clear up what you have and we can be certian that we are directing our answers to you for the correct setup you have.

Sounds like what you have is repairable, if not, there are many people on line replacing older axles and a drum will come up sooner or later.

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Old 12-14-2007, 08:49 AM   #17
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It sounds like you have the original wheel lug bolt type setup where the drums just have a tapped hole and the wheel nuts are really wheel bolts with a tapered shoulder on them. It also sounds like you have stripped one of your threads on the drum. Take the drum off and take it to a local shop and have it retapped and a Heilicoil installed. Many Napa and other general auto shops offer this service. If you want to do away with the wheel lug bolts and go to the stud and wheel nut type setup on all your wheels the local Napa or Autozone has all the necessary hardware.
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:11 AM   #18
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Thanks for the advice, I believe I will take Drum off and take to NAPA and have helicoil installed. I hope my NAPA store offers that service.

Those threads must of been on the verge of being stripped or already been stripped(even though I didn't notice any real loose ones when removing), because I was using a non-electric/air (i.e. me power) lug wrench and I by no means put a lot of force/torque when tightening the old school lug stud.
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Well so far,I have found no one to fix the drum. I have one more place to try and if it's a no go I will buy the helicoil and do it myself or at least attempt to. Any advice is appreciated.
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Well so far,I have found no one to fix the drum. I have one more place to try and if it's a no go I will buy the helicoil and do it myself or at least attempt to. Any advice is appreciated.
Go to Jamie's Trailer Repair/Welding (901) 465-3004 620 Charlotte Dr, Oakland, TN. They should be able to drill and tap and install a Helicoil for you, probably for a nominal labor fee.
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:29 PM   #21
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Go to Jamie's Trailer Repair/Welding (901) 465-3004 620 Charlotte Dr, Oakland, TN. They should be able to drill and tap and install a Helicoil for you, probably for a nominal labor fee.

Thanks, I will give them a call. Much appreciated.
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