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1960 Chevy Apache 30 outer wheel bearing search
#1368272 Wed Jul 08 2020 11:03 PM
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Hello Everyone! It looks like I'm searching for a unicorn!
Early this week I went to repack the front wheel bearings on my 60 Apache 30. I pulled the drivers side hub and found that the outer wheel bearing needs to be replaced. The inner is fine along with both bearings on the passenger side. I went to go find a new replacement bearing but no one could mach the numbers. They told me this roller bearing could be a B-47. No one that I can find has this bearing in stock and they say it's discontinued!
My question is there a way I can convert this truck to a tapered bearing in the front or find a source that would have new old stock somewhere?
The truck is a dually truck with a dump bed we use a lot on the ranch.
Any Help would be most appreciated!
JV

Re: 1960 Chevy Apache 30 outer wheel bearing search
Jaydevc #1368325 Thu Jul 09 2020 05:10 AM
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I think they gave you the wrong number. It can't be a B-47 as it's a tiny needle bearing. See the attached pic.

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Re: 1960 Chevy Apache 30 outer wheel bearing search
klhansen #1368349 Thu Jul 09 2020 01:32 PM
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Thanks, Klhansen for your reply-

Yes, I found that too, unfortunately since the B-47 roller wheel bearing has been discontinued the number has been reissued by Timken and is now a small needle bearing. This makes it even ore difficult to find.

National Oil seals and Bearings used to have a B-47 as well that would work but they have discontinued the bearing as well.

The roller bearing seems to be everywhere on the internet, but when you try to purchase it, no one has any in stock anymore.

I was hoping that there would be a way to cross reference the old roller bearing to something tapered, but I can not seem to find out if they would work on the 1960 three quarter ton or One ton hub and spindle.

The damaged bearing that I have looks ok, except for the cage that holds the ball bearings together.

Re: 1960 Chevy Apache 30 outer wheel bearing search
Jaydevc #1368380 Thu Jul 09 2020 03:41 PM
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I also posted a thread on the swap Meet forum and asked about finding a B-47 Wheel Bearing and "Elderly Iron" recommended the following:

"Try Neely Bearing in Grants Pass, Oregon. Long shot, but they sometimes have something obscure laying on the shelf. (541) 476-3289 Don't know if he'll ship it to you, though. If he won't, I can go get it and send it off."

So I contacted Neely Bearing and the gentleman did some calling around and found a guy in California that believes has a bearing that will work. Thanks so much for your post! You may have just saved the day! I've been trying to search for this bearing for a week now and was considering having to convert to a new later model like 1962 front spindles and hubs. Even then I was unsure that the swap would have worked.

I really appreciate everyone's input as well and I'll post back when I receive the bearing and get everything back together.

Re: 1960 Chevy Apache 30 outer wheel bearing search
Jaydevc #1369153 Wed Jul 15 2020 02:22 AM
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I should have a used one if you cannot find a new one.


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Re: 1960 Chevy Apache 30 outer wheel bearing search
Jaydevc #1369172 Wed Jul 15 2020 08:17 AM
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THIS [ebay.com] guy is in California. This listing is for a B47. Could be it. Anyway, this is THE person to contact. He has 15,500 deals. He WILL know what you need. His name is "LocateBearings". Contact him ASAP. Be ready to give him ID of bearing (cone) and the Cup OD and thickness.
I asume you are talking about a tapered roller bearing.


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Re: 1960 Chevy Apache 30 outer wheel bearing search
Jaydevc #1369194 Wed Jul 15 2020 03:13 PM
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Hy Guys B47 = GM 909047 which is a three piece Ball Bearing.

Re: 1960 Chevy Apache 30 outer wheel bearing search
Jaydevc #1369238 Wed Jul 15 2020 09:39 PM
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I see the new B47 is a small needle bearing but there has to be NOS around.


I'm away on an ego trip. Will be back on Feb 30.
I'm not an Auto Mechanic, but I play one on TV.
I charge $0.02 for every opinion and I take Paypal.
Plan B is always better than plan A, by definition.



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