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Old 08-19-2013, 05:30 PM
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Without re-reading Dave's original post I believe it was his right rear passenger rear wheel that fell apart. Something else to consider is what many of us in the salt belt have realized about cars. Salt on the streets drains to the curb or shoulder of the road where the right passenger side of the car is always at. It is therefore inevitable that the right side of the car retains more salt over time, thus rust and fatigue are more readily apparent to that side of the vehicle.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:49 PM
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Thanks for all the responses, guys. I can give you a little more background. Since the mishap, Robin & I attended our son's wedding and really haven't had a lot of time to wrench. I'm going to order Cragar nuts and washers today. In the mean time, the Galaxie is wearing a (newish) 7.50x14" bias ply Firestone tire on the RH rear, where the studs were replaced. Those original rims do not touch the axle center, and easily slip on and off.

Ok, everything in this wheel area was clean and painted, showing no rust at all. Cragar SS mags have an aluminum alloy center 'spider' section that is welded to the steel rim. So, the mounting is like any mag wheel that uses straight lug nuts.

These tires and rims are less than two years old and the car has only been used for cruising. When I purchased the new tire set, they only had three Cragar wheels, so they mounted three tires, wheels and spinners. Guess which one was the last to get a new wheel... yep, the RH rear axle.

When the rim came in, a different tire guy mounted the new tire and spinner. He wasn't careful, and gorilla-ed deep score marks into the aluminum alloy section, using a thick impact wrench to tighten the wheel. Ok, new wheel is on its way (again).

The 2nd new wheel came in, and the third tire guy mounted the tire and spinner on that one. I showed him that a Craftsman 13/16" deep well socket works best because the wall is thin. The guy was new and probably gun-shy because he knew the history. Everyone there was well aware of what happened before.

Maybe he didn't torque it to spec's. Maybe he didn't turn the spinner to access the hidden nuts properly. Maybe one stud gave out, causing the others to flex. <--This is my gut feeling. Since there is no taper on these nuts, they depend on each lug stud to be there to center the wheel. I don't know the true answer to this mystery. Whatever the cause, I'm sure it makes sense IF I ever find out. All I know is, the other wheels are just fine.

I noticed that disk brake dust tends to corrode the front wheels much worse than the rear drum wheels. That's the only difference. - Dave
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:58 PM
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I'm just now reading all of this Dave- SCAREY!!

I'd be replacing at least 3 lugs on the remaining 3 wheels- Just for safety/peice of mind.

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