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Re: 1958 Chevy 3800 Project Truck
Possum #1369869 Mon Jul 20 2020 06:18 PM
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Ok so I've started the tear-down and rebuild process on the front axle. I've removed the hubs to check the bearings and to take off the old wheel cylinders. New wheel cylinders and front brake lines have been ordered and are on their way. The bearings still looked good and still rolled quite well, most likely will reuse them unless y'all say otherwise.

Though I have a question for those who have rebuilt one of these axles(or just anyone who would know). Is there a lip-type seal that I can replace these felt seals with? Or will that require me to take measurements and try to find one that will work? I haven't attempted to pull them out yet.

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A 28 year old with a soft spot for old stuff!
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1949 Chevy 3100 (In the family since new)
1955.5 Chevy 3100 (Dad's truck)
1958 Chevy 3800 w/ 9 foot bed (Current project)
1959 Chevy Spartan 100 (10400)
Re: 1958 Chevy 3800 Project Truck
Possum #1369879 Mon Jul 20 2020 07:19 PM
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Take your dimensions to a seal catalogue.

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.
Re: 1958 Chevy 3800 Project Truck
Possum #1370047 Tue Jul 21 2020 06:06 PM
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Thanks Ed, figured it would come down to that. I did find a bearing & seal kit on ebay, but its a bit pricey imo though I haven't ruled it out. The original felt seal seemed to have been doing a good job so far, might stick with it but not sure headscratch


A 28 year old with a soft spot for old stuff!
My Pictures [get.google.com]

1949 Chevy 3100 (In the family since new)
1955.5 Chevy 3100 (Dad's truck)
1958 Chevy 3800 w/ 9 foot bed (Current project)
1959 Chevy Spartan 100 (10400)
Re: 1958 Chevy 3800 Project Truck
Possum #1370076 Tue Jul 21 2020 09:15 PM
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Both Timken and SKF have cross ref tools on their websites. The GM part number for the seal is 379654 which crosses over to 20669 for SKF and 5756 for Timken. I used cross ref tool when I bought new seals for my truck, just can’t remember which ones I bought. I would still confirm the dimensions to make sure.

Dave


1966 Chevrolet Caprice 2 Door Hardtop (396 Big Block)
1951 GMC 9434 5 Window (waiting on a 292 transplant)
Re: 1958 Chevy 3800 Project Truck
Possum #1370355 Thu Jul 23 2020 06:33 PM
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Thanks Dave! I couldn't figure out the part number for that felt seal, so you helped me out big time nanner


A 28 year old with a soft spot for old stuff!
My Pictures [get.google.com]

1949 Chevy 3100 (In the family since new)
1955.5 Chevy 3100 (Dad's truck)
1958 Chevy 3800 w/ 9 foot bed (Current project)
1959 Chevy Spartan 100 (10400)
Re: 1958 Chevy 3800 Project Truck
Possum #1370841 Mon Jul 27 2020 01:11 PM
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i have removed lots of frame brackets thru the yrs -to clean up frame rust & sometimes weld frame & grind down & ALWAYS USE "sherwin william" caulking -between the mount & frame- & its has held up for 10yrs on 1 old truck-keeps moisture out !lots of new commercial truck use it to slow down or prevent rust !it comes in several colors -white-gray -black use it you will like it !

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