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    Hello---I'm re-vamping my rear end out of 57 Hawk. It has tapered axles. Are there any"keepers" inside that prevent axle removal? My book says just dismantle the outside stuff & pull the axles out. Also, the chasis book shows a tapered bearing, but if that's the case, would it not just fall out? Is there an off the shelf puller to get these out? Will a slide hammer work? As always---thanks---Dan

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    It's retained at the wheel end by the backing plate. the hardest part of the exercise is removing the brake *drums.* The bearings are tapered, but the race goes in last, so you do have to use a slide hammer or a length of chain to pull the axle out, but it's usually not that difficult. If you have twin traction, make sure not to lose the little thrust blocks on the inboard end of the axle; they tend to fall out when you pull the axles so you'll have to retrieve them with a magnet. Other than that it's no big deal.

    good luck

    nate

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    • #3
      N8N----Thanks for the information. I have all the brakes & backing plates off already---just was'nt sure what to do next. That clears things up--knowing that the race goes in last. I was told that some rear ends have a keeper inside the differencial that holds the axles in & I did not want tear things up trying to get the axles out. Thanks again----Regards----Dan

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      • #4
        Easier/simpler, after drum and backing plate removal, slide the drum back up on the axle stub, install the nut just finger tight and use the drum as your "sliding puller" Hope this helps.

        Dan Miller
        Atlanta, GA

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        • #5
          Here's how I get them out: Scroll down to the Middle of the page
          http://ncsdc.com/ShopProjects/UglyTr...UglyTruck5.htm
          This might help with re-assembly:
          http://ncsdc.com/TechnicalPages/RearAxle/RearAxle.htm

          Ray


          Specializing in Studebaker Restoration
          Ray

          www.raylinrestoration.com
          Specializing in Studebaker Restoration

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          • #6
            Roadracelark & Studeman---Thanks!!! Very helpful since I've never done this before----Regards Dan

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            • #7
              I use an old flywheel, put it on the axle, put the nut and washer on and pull the flywheel (bang it against the nut), pops right out.

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              • #8
                Same principal Doug. The brake drum is already laying there, and it saves ANOTHER trip to the tool box.

                Dan Miller
                Atlanta, GA

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by ROADRACELARK

                  Same principal Doug. The brake drum is already laying there, and it saves ANOTHER trip to the tool box.
                  I've tried the brake drum method and can't get enough "swing" on the brake drum due to the axle taper to do any good. What's your trick, Dan?


                  Dick Steinkamp
                  Bellingham, WA

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                  • #10
                    Dick,

                    I guess a lot depends on how tight the bearing race is stuck in the housing. I've never had one take over 3 or 4 licks, and they pop right out. Mabe I've just been lucky. Obviously, one must be prepared for it TO pop loose[:0]...otherwise you may end up across the shop next to that tool box, only with the drum and axle with you. [xx(] As always....be very careful.

                    Dan Miller
                    Atlanta, GA

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