> ...I thought you weren't supposed to draw the pin tight with the nut
> because of danger of stripping the threads on the pin and/or nut.
Sloane's book 1980 3rd ed. pages 552-554:
"Remember, the nut on a cottered crank is not (not highlighted) intended to pull the pin up tight; the pin must be hammered back in."
"Turn the cotter...smack it firmly down into the wedge"
"(cottered cranksets) are heavy, difficult to remove and re-attach and as far as I am concerned, are totally without merit when compared with even the cheapest cotterless crankset"
...sorry couldn't resist adding that quote <G>
Roy H. Drinkwater