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Rear wheel race/bearing

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  • Rear wheel race/bearing

    I pulled the read axel out enough to see the bearing. Greased the bearing ,,PROBLEM: how do you reseat the race? Tap with wood ? tighten the backing plate even around?

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    I always just tap it in place with a brass punch or a plastic hammer head
    Frank van Doorn
    Omaha, Ne.
    1962 GT Hawk 289 4 speed
    1941 Champion streetrod, R-2 Powered, GM 200-4R trans.
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    • #3
      It will tap in very easily only if your thrust pins are in place. They have a tendancy to fall out of place when you pull the axle. To put them back in place, first use a flashlight to see what you are up against. Use a magnet on a telescopic rod to retrieve the thrust pin. Use an acetylene welding rod {bout 3 feet long},pushed thru the hole in the pin to re-install it.. Bend the tip of the rod slightly so that the pin will stay put. Also the top half of a fishing rod helps stabilize the rod to direct the pin in place. You know, put the rod through the eyes of the pole. Insert in axle tube. Once in place, hold the rod against the pin head and pull the welding rod out. Works for me. I was told of this method on this tech site and am only relaying the information. I forget who told me but thanks. jimmijim
      sigpicAnything worth doing deserves your best shot. Do it right the first time. When you're done you will know it. { I'm just the guy who thinks he knows everything, my buddy is the guy who knows everything.} cheers jimmijim*****SDC***** member

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      • #4
        I tapped it in. I do not think anything is out of place, this 'race' as I call it is the last piece to go into the axle housing, it is a tight fit since the bearings roll (held in place) on the race. I did not want to bend the race and assumed there was a method, like tap with a wood mallet, plastic mallet, rubber mallet. I did not sense the axle was having a problem seating, the race just needed to be pushed To the bearings without injuring the race. Thanks for the help, any other answers are welcome.

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