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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by Snuggly Ranger » Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:28 pm

I am looking for one of the Tecalemit grease guns and I have found two versions. one looks like it has a tip and the other is like the one Windmill is using. Does anyone know if the one in this photo will fit into the drive shaft?

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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by windmill » Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:32 pm

Snuggly Ranger wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:28 pm
I am looking for one of the Tecalemit grease guns and I have found two versions. one looks like it has a tip and the other is like the one Windmill is using. Does anyone know if the one in this photo will fit into the drive shaft?

Thank you!
I don't think the larger one pictured will fit.
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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by Snuggly Ranger » Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:41 pm

Ok thank you!
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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by Donbmw » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:24 pm

Here is what I use
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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by hotflash44 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:36 pm

just found out why IMZ hasent addressed the awkward angle of the FD joint zerk fitting,its said the u-joint is scheduled to be greased at the same time the FD drive shaft splines are serviced. so if thats done the zerk is easy to get to. makes sense i guess. :cheers: :idea:
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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by HassoBoxhead » Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:18 pm

Donbmw wrote:
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Here is what I use
What is the model for that?
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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by MojaveSidecar » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:05 pm

Just scored one like WIndmill's on ebay.... the shipping was more than the price of the gun.

Estimated delivery Monday, Mar 4, 2019 - Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
MG AUSTIN HEALEY TECALEMIT GREASE GUN
Tecalemit GB2787.

Item price $15.42
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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by Mr Wazzock » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:11 pm

hotflash44 wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:36 pm
just found out why IMZ hasent addressed the awkward angle of the FD joint zerk fitting,its said the u-joint is scheduled to be greased at the same time the FD drive shaft splines are serviced. so if thats done the zerk is easy to get to. makes sense i guess. :cheers: :idea:
Actually that makes perfect sense. So the zerk only means not having to take the UJ joint apart to regrease it. So it isn't meant to be accessible when shaft is installed. :D

I remember my dealer saying once that for the early shafts, there was no point regreasing the UJ because by the time it needed it the splines were worn out so the shaft needed replacing anyway. :D
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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by hotflash44 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:34 pm

Mr Wazzock wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:11 pm
hotflash44 wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:36 pm
just found out why IMZ hasent addressed the awkward angle of the FD joint zerk fitting,its said the u-joint is scheduled to be greased at the same time the FD drive shaft splines are serviced. so if thats done the zerk is easy to get to. makes sense i guess. :cheers: :idea:
Actually that makes perfect sense. So the zerk only means not having to take the UJ joint apart to regrease it. So it isn't meant to be accessible when shaft is installed. :D

I remember my dealer saying once that for the early shafts, there was no point regreasing the UJ because by the time it needed it the splines were worn out so the shaft needed replacing anyway. :D
now that we are enlightened want to buy a bunch of grease gun nozzles/needles cheap? :boogie: :boogie:
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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by Donbmw » Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:05 pm

HassoBoxhead wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:18 pm
Donbmw wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:24 pm
Here is what I use
What is the model for that?
It is just a compact grease gun with the Lincoln #5803 tip on it.
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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by Lofty » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:32 am

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The plunger can be pushed straight out the top for cleaning, which might be a good Idea, mine had some old, hardened grease in it.
My vintage Tecalemit grease gun is inoperative, likely from very hard, old caked grease. How to fix this? Overnight soaks in a carburetor cleaning solution, and later kerosene, did nothing to free up the mechanism. It will only compress a few mms. Thoughts?
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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by Lmo » Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:04 am

How to fix this?
Perhaps something like a hot air gun to soften the grease. Don't think I'd use a open flame, you might risk melting any seals.
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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by Msblu79 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:23 pm

After having the small u-joint fail due to a lack of grease most likely I figured I better come up with a easier way or this will happen again. The new u-joint I got from Heindl had a "normal" grease fitting but access was still a problem with the driveshaft installed. I found that if I rotate the driveshaft so that the fitting was facing up the u-joint was "open" enough to allow a standard grease gun to almost fit. I then ground down the sides of the fitting a bit to allow it to clear the u-joint body and reach the fitting while leaning over the seat and attaching it. A couple of pumps until I see grease ooze out and done. I don't have a foto of the modified fitting here at work but when I get home I will try to add one. At least now I can do it without taking anything apart and I'm done in a couple of minutes. The first u-joint lasted about a year, the replacement has gone 80,000 klicks now and still works fine. :)
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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by Lofty » Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:45 pm

Lmo wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:04 am
Perhaps something like a hot air gun to soften the grease.
I'll keep that in mind. Thanks.

Msblu79 wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:23 pm
I found that if I rotate the driveshaft so that the fitting was facing up the u-joint was "open" enough to allow a standard grease gun to almost fit.

I then ground down the sides of the fitting a bit to allow it to clear the u-joint body and reach the fitting while leaning over the seat and attaching it. A couple of pumps until I see grease ooze out and done.
That's exactly what I was thinking of doing. I'll be purchasing a sacrificial grease gun coupler fitting in order to experiment here. Thanks, Msblu79, for commenting on our joint proof-of-concept. :)
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Re: drive shaft greasing made easy

Post by windmill » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:43 pm

Lofty wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:32 am
windmill wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 3:07 pm
The plunger can be pushed straight out the top for cleaning, which might be a good Idea, mine had some old, hardened grease in it.
My vintage Tecalemit grease gun is inoperative, likely from very hard, old caked grease. How to fix this? Overnight soaks in a carburetor cleaning solution, and later kerosene, did nothing to free up the mechanism. It will only compress a few mms. Thoughts?
Try warming it with a heat gun. or boil it in water to melt it out. If your's is like mine, the plunger just pushes out the top.
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