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proper torque for lug nuts

#1 Post by Jim Beam » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:52 pm

1963B T6 Base car. I am changing tires due to age of the old tires. I have used 75 ft.lbs. torque for the past years. Is this correct?

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Re: proper torque for lug nuts

#2 Post by Doug McDonnell » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:14 pm

I think B/C workshop manual says 94 but opinions vary. Al Zim says 70 I think. At the track tech always torqued them to 90. You should be fine at 75. See Al Zims answer here: viewtopic.php?t=12915 where he checked and found 35-40!!
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Re: proper torque for lug nuts

#3 Post by David Jones » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:17 pm

Correct torque according to the factory manual is 13 m/kg which is 94 ft/lb.
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Re: proper torque for lug nuts

#4 Post by Doug McDonnell » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:26 pm

Personally I don't need to change a flat very often anymore but when younger in the 60s it was quite common on the side of the road. Never torqued a lug nut. Never had one come loose. Tempted to tighten like the old days and then check with torque wrench. Bet I am nowhere near 94 ft/lb Now if you are using other than stock rims recommendation may be different. If using Fuchs 80-90
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Re: proper torque for lug nuts

#5 Post by Spencer Harris » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:27 pm

From the 1954 Workshop Manual:
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Re: proper torque for lug nuts

#6 Post by Harlan Halsey » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:54 am

Of course you realize that these torque numbers are meaningless unless the lubrication is also specified. For what it's worth, I have always used Permetex Anti Seize or moly grease on the wheels, moly grease on the threads, and snug them up by feel to about 70 lb.-ft.

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