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Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 03-23-2001 06:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No mechanic - long story, you don't wanna hear it, but I'm on my own Maybe some of you fellow ignoramuses out there who DON'T build drag strip cars for a living can help! Surely I am the only one in this forum who doesn't know how to do this!
I'm trying to change the rear wheel bearings, and either something's stuck up or I'm missing something. I've removed the outer brake drums, and the four 9/16th bolts that appear to hold the back of the drums on with a plate. Now I'm left with the backs of the drums and the thingies with the wheel studs on. I feel that something is supposed to slide off the axle now, but nothing wants to move. I've given everything a shaking with a hammer but nothing's coming loose. What's supposed to come off next? Do I need a special puller?
Many thanks as always!
Simon

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine Toys: '70 Mustang Mach 1 - '72 Mustang Sprint - '94 F-150
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posted 03-23-2001 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not a problem, Simon. If nobody tells you, how are you supposed to know?

The axles fit in the housing with an interference fit. You need to use a slide-hammer to give them the impact to pull them out.

Or, use the old hot rod guy trick of taking your drums off, putting them back on the studs backwards, start the lug nuts a few threads, then use the drums as slide-hammers. Works every time!

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69maverick
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posted 03-23-2001 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69maverick   Click Here to Email 69maverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now theres a guy who sounded frustraighted!!

Take a big deep breath and do what steve said!

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sigtauenus
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posted 03-23-2001 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like Steve's idea better than what I always do. So much so I'm not even going to mention my way.

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Fastback68
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posted 03-24-2001 05:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many hours and two bloodied and skinless palms later, I have got no further. Steve, as soon as you mentioned your solution, I remembered seeing it done before, so I'm sure I'm doing it right. And I've also gone through half a can of WD40. Since people tell me I will need to go to a machine shop anyway to get the new bearings pressed into place, would they also have one of these slide hammers? Why is there not a smilies face with tears coming out?
Just kidding! I'm OK!!!!!
Simon

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Stang28965
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posted 03-24-2001 06:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stang28965   Click Here to Email Stang28965     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know the advance auto chain will let you barrow parts. I am pretty sure they have slide hammers that they would loan you. I would try that if I was you.

-Jeff

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Originally posted by Fastback68:
Many hours and two bloodied and skinless palms later, I have got no further. Steve, as soon as you mentioned your solution, I remembered seeing it done before, so I'm sure I'm doing it right. And I've also gone through half a can of WD40. Since people tell me I will need to go to a machine shop anyway to get the new bearings pressed into place, would they also have one of these slide hammers? Why is there not a smilies face with tears coming out?
Just kidding! I'm OK!!!!!
Simon

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Dan warren
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From: bothell Washington
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posted 03-25-2001 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dan warren   Click Here to Email Dan warren     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dont give up yet. I had one that the slide hammer wouldnt get. Tryed a chain bolted to the lugnuts and a big sledgehammer on the other end of the chain. Used all the swing I could and that didnt work. Hooked up the chain to a trailer hitch from my truck , pulled the car side ways, still no luck. Chained the car to another hitch on the other side to stop it from sliding.Got a short run with the truck and it finaly popped out. So they can be in there alot tighter than you think is possible. Lots of luck Dan

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bluetech
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posted 03-27-2001 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluetech   Click Here to Email bluetech     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Simon:

Nice to catch my "kababayan" (countryman) here. Hello also to you guys.

Regards,

Ed

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Fastback68
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posted 03-27-2001 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed! I am thrilled to see you here! Often I pick up advice here and then have trouble "translating" it for the local scene. Like "slide hammer" for example. I'm looking for one right now, but since I've never seen one and don't know how to say "slide hammer" in Tagalog, I'm struggling!
I'm actually British, but here at M&M I fly the flag of the Flips
Simon

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bluetech
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posted 03-29-2001 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluetech   Click Here to Email bluetech     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Simon,
Sorry, took me a few days to respond to your post. Anyway, I will be glad to translate things for you for the local scene.(As much as my hollow mind could fathom). I once borrowed a "slide hammer", didn't know then that it was called as such. It is known locally as an axle puller. Hope everything turns out ok. Bye.

Ed

[This message has been edited by bluetech (edited 03-29-2001).]

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sigtauenus
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posted 03-29-2001 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bluetech:
It is known locally as an axle puller.

LOL, that's a pretty funny translation. where did they come up with that?

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bluetech
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posted 03-29-2001 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluetech   Click Here to Email bluetech     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have no idea. Anyway, looks and works the same way.

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Fastback68
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posted 03-29-2001 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all the support!!! A guy just turned up with a thing that looks like a 4-foot steel crowbar with two flanges for going over the studs, a T handle and a huge cast iron weight on it! I said (in my best Tagalog) "What do you call that???" He replied: "Aywanko" (I don't know!).
Anyway, the bearings are out. Thank the Lord I didn't have to go the pickup and chain route!
The smile on my face really looks like this

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bluetech
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posted 03-29-2001 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluetech   Click Here to Email bluetech     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice to hear that everything went ok.

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