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356A tie rod ends - Need advice

Hi folks,
A tie rod on my '57 356a developed a noticeable clunk. Decided to replace them all. However I'm having trouble finding proper replacements. Hope someone can help.

Ordered some replacements (brand Meyle) and they looked good but they DO NOT FIT!
Actually, they do fit in, but, they are quite loose; even once the bolt it tightened to its max.

Upon closer inspection the tapered shaft on the old tie rods is 14 mm at the widest point (as are the holes in the pitman arm and wheel spindles).



The replacement tie rod ends the shaft is 12mm at the widest point.



Contacted the supplier (not our host) and they tell me "We have sold a lot of these tie rods over the years without this issue. We don't currently have another option available of this part." and offered to refund the returned parts (less shipping and a restocking fee).

So looking for advice where to go next.
Is there something odd about my car (12mm vs 14mm)?

Mykle
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Mr.Mykle57:

There are a couple possibilities here:

As I recall, the T1 As used VW parts for spindles and rod ends, and that they were of lighter construction than later B drum brake parts.

So, the first question is: Do you have A brakes or B brakes on your car?

Perhaps you could prevail upon your supplier to look at some B ends and take a measurement.

Just a thought...
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There are 2 different sizes (pins). You should be able to get them from Stoddards.
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Thanks folks. Returned those and bought a used tie rod shaft at a swap meet and got the correct ends from our host. (I believe it's got 'A' brakes).
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