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front wheel bearing #1302178 Fri Mar 08 2019 09:44 AM
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morten larsen Offline OP
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hi,

i was going to change my front wheel bearing on my 1954 one ton.


the axle seems to be worn because the inner wheel bearing moves on the axle. is there a quick fix??? another smaller bearing? glue? Welding?

take care.

-morten-

Re: front wheel bearing [Re: morten larsen] #1302179 Fri Mar 08 2019 10:46 AM
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sstock Offline
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Hello Morten,
Sounds like you have or had the wrong inner bearing. There was a change in 1952, up to 1952 1 ton trucks had an inner bearing ID of 1.41" after 1952 the one ton trucks inner bearing/cone is 1.51". Do you think somebody put earlier model spindle/hubs or complete front axle(smaller) on your 54 and you have the bigger bearings for the 1954 in there?
If it were my truck, I would use a micrometer and measure the spindle, then see if you ordered the correct bearings.

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/parts/1929_54/index.htm

https://www.classicparts.com/1936-52-Wheel-Bearing-3_4-1-ton-Front-Inner/productinfo/73-021/

https://www.classicparts.com/1953-59-Wheel-Bearing-3_4t-Frt-Inner/productinfo/73-022/
Steve

Last edited by sstock; Fri Mar 08 2019 11:05 AM.

1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare
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Re: front wheel bearing [Re: morten larsen] #1302191 Fri Mar 08 2019 02:00 PM
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morten larsen Offline OP
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noop, it is the corrects bearings. have been recommended loctite 638 somewhere else, will try that.

-morten-

Re: front wheel bearing [Re: morten larsen] #1302198 Fri Mar 08 2019 02:29 PM
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What is the size difference between bearing bore and spindle?

Using a loctite product (if within it's capabilities) may work but will likely keep the bearing from sliding off easily too, which means very difficult to remove the hub to do brake work and the seal will likely pull out of the hub before the bearing comes off the spindle.

Sometimes a part in better shape is the best fix, you might want to look for a spindle.


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Re: front wheel bearing [Re: morten larsen] #1302245 Fri Mar 08 2019 09:07 PM
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tom moore Offline
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I had the same issue on a spindle too. Wish there was a repair sleeve that could be press fitted on the spindle for use on the earlier spindle - to convert it to the later and larger size bearing. I went the Loctite route but I wonder about he longevity of this repair. Since then I have kept my eyes out for NOS spindles. NOS door latches, hinges, and axle spindles seem to be the items that I keep an eye on.


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Re: front wheel bearing [Re: tom moore] #1302265 Fri Mar 08 2019 11:35 PM
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Great idea Tom in my opinion. When it comes to bearings and clearances around races and machined spindles close isn't good enough.


1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
Re: front wheel bearing [Re: morten larsen] #1302338 Sat Mar 09 2019 05:25 PM
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Hotrod Lincoln Offline
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How much clearance is there? Not guesswork or SWAG- - - -actual measurements! A dial caliper from Harbor Fright or Ebay is cheap insurance where safety of operation items are concerned. If there's not a visible amount of up and down slack, this doesn't sound like a problem. The inner bearing race is supposed to be a smooth slip fit on the spindle.

One possible fix would be an "Okie Knurl"- - - - -a bunch of center punch marks on the area where the bearing fits to slightly expand the spindle and take up some of the clearance. The right fix is to replace the spindle if the clearance is really excessive. With as many IFS butcher jobs as are being attempted these days, straight axles and component parts should be plentiful and cheap.
Jerry



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