Finding Damage To The 1912 EMF Ring and Pinion Gear Using A Remote Inspection Camera

After flushing the rear axle of the 1912 EMF with a few rounds of kerosene and then letting the rear axle drain and dry for a few days it was time to use a remote inspection camera to inspect the internals of the rear axle to see if any damage could be identified.

Pictures taken with the inspection camera (see below) quickly showed several areas of damage.  Most of pinion gear teeth had damage on the front/drive shaft side of the gear.  Also at least four cracked teeth could also be found on the ring gear.

In addition to both the ring and pinion gear being damaged it could be seen that the pinion key was also sheared as the pinion gear rotated freely with the ring gear while the pinion lock down nut and the main shaft did not turn.

The verdict:  the rear axle will no need to come out and be torn down for repairs.

Not What You Want To See When Draining the Rear Axle On Your 1912 EMF

At the end of the summer the EMF was out for one of its many after work evening runs.  About a mile into the run the EMF lost all forward motion.  While the motor was working fine and the drive shaft was spinning at speed there was no power being transmitted to the rear tires.

When the rear axle was drained so that the axle could be expected several chunks of either ring or pinion gear came out with the oil (and these were large chunks not shavings).

1912 EMF Rear Axle Chunks

1912 EMF Rear Axle Chunks

The next step will be to flush the rear axle and transmission to give a clean view for the use of a remote inspection camera to diagnose the internal gears while the axle is still together.

Getting The 1912 Flanders Loaded In The Trailer For Transport To The 2013 AACA Fall Hershey Meet

Getting ready for the 2013 AACA Eastern Fall Meet at Hershey PA. This will be the first time we have taken a car to the AACA Hershey show and swap meet.  We will be taking the 1912 Flanders Model 20 to the show.  Over the last few weeks we have … Continue reading →

Freeing The Clutch On the 1915 Standard Eight

Once the motor was running fairly well and everything had come up to operating temperature work moved to seeing if the clutch could be freed from the flywheel. Up to this point the clutch has been firmly planted to the flywheel after sitting for many years of storage. The clutch … Continue reading →