View Full Version : Progress, finally

02-21-2011, 08:23 PM
The bottom end of the engine is finally together. Only 4 months and having to take the block back to the machine shop a second time. I hope the rest of the bolt on parts go smoother than the machined parts did.

Since we had such a nice weekend here in NC, I decided to swap the rear ends between the project car and the parts car so I would have a higher speed rear. While I had the rear out of the car, I figured it would be a great time to install the seal kit. I knew the brake drums or studs on this rear had been modified because the drums came off without pulling the hub. The obvious down side of this is that the hubs hadn't been pulled in quite a while, so they were stuck tight. My Dad and I spent the whole day heating, beating and pulling on the hubs. Finally got them off, but only after I bent one of the hubs. Luckily I had the other rear so I snatched a hub off that rear to put on the one I want in the car.

Anyway, I siad all that to get to my question. Is there anythingt I can put on the axle to keep the hub from sticking so tight?

Second question, is there any place where I can buy a hub puller?


Bob Andrews
02-21-2011, 09:28 PM
How about some idea of what your car is? Pictures?

If it's a Studebaker rear axle with tapered axles, then no, you definitely cannot lubricate the hub where it goes on the axle. It depends on being dry. The correct puller- held on by the lug nuts and pressing against the end of the axle- are available at most any tool source, including eBay. You cannot use the type that pulls on the drums as it will ruin them. In my experience it's better to spend the extra to buy a better quality puller.

There have been many discussions here on the subject, which I'm sure a simple search will reveal.

02-21-2011, 11:56 PM
Sounds like you are looking to close the gate after the horse has run off????

02-22-2011, 08:06 PM
sorry, forgot to say it is a 61 Hawk with a Dana 44.

Yea the bent hub was a hard learned lesson due to inexperience on my part. I heated the collar of the hub but I guess I didn't let it cool enough before I started pulling on it. Didn't realize I was screwing up until I noticed that the flange of the hub was no longer flat. Happy to have a spare rear but still hate that I ruined a hub.

I wasn't expecting to hear that hub pullers for these things were that easy to find. I was expecting to have to try to find a 70 year old mechanic that is sure he has one but can't remember where it is because he hasn't used it in 40 years. Guess I'll hit NAPA one day soon.

Hate to hear I can't put anything on the axle to keep the hub from sticking. I was hoping some type of antisieze could be used.


02-22-2011, 08:21 PM
Here's the best puller you can buy. My granddad made one of these years ago from a hub, works smooth as butter.


Bob Andrews
02-22-2011, 08:34 PM
Here's the best puller you can buy.


Matthew, do you know how to buy one and how much? I'd be interested in buying one to go with the style I already have.

Here's one like I have. I like the wrench that you hammer on. Works pretty well:


Wayne: If you lube the axle/hub, that will allow the hub to press too far onto the axle taper and split the hub. Sure is tempting to lube it, though!:)

02-22-2011, 08:36 PM
My mistake, Chuck just loans them out, not sell them.

Easy enough to make if you have a welder. And yes I realize that not everyone does.

Bob Andrews
02-22-2011, 08:43 PM
Dang, was hoping they were for sale:(

Wonder if Chuck would mind if I made copies and sold them? Wouldn't be hard to make a bunch, and I bet they'd sell...

Food for thought.......