-- [ From: Chris Reilly * EMC.Ver #2.5.3 ] --
I will add my little bit to this thread as well... I too tried to remove
the hub with pullers... and eventually went to a good machine shop that
had the correct adapter for pressing the hub off... it took 15 TONS of
force to remove it, then the shop had to remachine the hub face flat
since it had been bent by a local Porsche shop that I tried already.
I would love to know how a puller can exert that kind of force... and
using heat was not recommended by several others I spoke with on this
Just my 2 cents worth...
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Subject: FW: 76 Spitfire - Wheel Bearings
Andrew Mace wrote:
To: Don Haw
Subject: Re: 76 Spitfire - Wheel Bearings
[snip]My question is, What tool do I use to get the hub off to get to
Then, How do I replace the wheel bearings? What kind of grease, etc?
Don, the consensus of opinion is to remove the axle assembly complete
from the car, go to a reputable machine shop and let them get it apart
for you. However, from what you describe, it might not be worth the
effort. Once you hear that much noise, chances are the axle is already
useless (since it serves as the bearing race). Perhaps you'll be lucky,
but be prepared to start looking for a new axle! :-(
Don - I have to agree with Andy, however, I might add don't be too
surprised if the machine shop can't get the hub off the axle. There is
(or was) a special tool called a Churchill Tool made by Triumph
especially for hub removal. But good luck finding one today. Some
members of the list (Barry Schwartz?/Ralph Jannelli?) have fabricated
their own version and apparently it works pretty good at yanking the
hub off without damaging it or the axle.
You might ask them for details. I pulled mine off after several DAYS
of cursing, bashing, heating, cooling and cranking on a massive gear
puller before one of them actually bent (it's on my office credenza
being used as a paper weight right now). Trust me, it is not a job for
the faint of heart.
Good luck to you though and let us know how it turns out.
Ross D. Vincenti
64 Spitfire 4
64 Porsche 356C Coupe
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