Here's part of one of my old posts on the Midget projects, concerning
Aron Travis wrote:
> First, I switched the front ball bearings to tapered roller bearings.
> The Timken part numbers for these are;
> 05185 small race
> 05066 small bearing
> 07204 big race
> 07097 big bearing
> I feel that roller bearings are stronger, and better, as they allow
> a little 'float' with the front wheels, especially under side load.
> There is no price advantage to these bearings, it was all of about
> $1.50 cheaper total for the rollers compaired to the ball. I bought
> them at my local NAPA store, total w/seals was about $80. I did not
> use the spacer that goes between the stock ball bearings, as I feel
> that it would negate some of the reasons that I'm using rollers.
> The small race was a very tight fit in the hub, other than that they
> install just like any other tapered bearing. I'm planning on torqueing
> the spindle nut down to around 20-25 ftlbs, but I'll do a survey of
> my many shop manuals to get a 'average' value of torque for tapered
> bearings. Vince P. (the singing mechanic and a Sinatra nut), suggested
> this conversion origionally, and just torques the nut to feel.
"in a frenzy"