Cracked Spindles

By Norman Nock

Originally published in the Austin-Healey Magazine, November 1998


The picture of the left front spindle from a BN2 at the top looks quite innocent at first glance, but its owner must be gifted with ESP or has great timing. He decided to have his hubs removed and checked for cracks.


We removed both spindles and proceeded to clean and wet magna flux them, revealing the cracks pictured here in the center photo. Needless to say, had the cracks worsened, breaking the spindle, the results could have been disastrous let alone expensive.


Donald Healey spoke many times on the importance of checking hubs and spindles for cracks and in this case it really paid off.

Fortunately, new spindles, as shown in the bottom photo are available, having the advantage of being some forty years younger, designed and produced with modern technology and materials.

If you notice cracks in your spindles or hubs you should most definitely take corrective measures immediately.


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