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Technical 56 Buick front wheel bearing issue

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by jkwincal, Sep 1, 2018.

  1. jkwincal
    Joined: May 10, 2013
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    so
    I replaced my kingpins on my 56 Buick, I also bought new wheel bearings. The problem is that I can’t get the outter races out of the brake drums.
    Anyone have any tips?
    Thanks
    Joe
     
  2. Truck64
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    from Ioway

    Find a socket that fits and drive it out?

    Lay a weld bead down on it and it should pop right out, I've never done this but I guess it works slick.
     
  3. saltflats
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    Can you catch an edge of the inner race from the back side?
    If so use a long drift and tap it out working in a star pattern.
     
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  4. jkwincal
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    I’ll give those a try, thanks guys
     
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  5. firstinsteele
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    What saltflats said.

    Ben
     
  6. inthweedz
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    As saltflats said, drift it out from behind. The hub usually has a couple of access areas to get at the bearing with a punch..
     
  7. Mr48chev
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    Clean the inside of the hub out good so you can see what you are looking at and there should either be a couple of recessed areas where you can see a bit of the backside of the race as intheweedz suggested or you will see a bit of the lip of the back side of the bearing race. A long drift with a good clean tip on it should work. Cheap drifts might not be strong enough as I have bent a couple of those I bought at a parts house during a side of the road wheel bearing emergency replacement.
     
  8. Truck64
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    Easy peezy!
     
  9. Some newer cars I've changed races on, they had no recess for using a punch. I'd take my punch to the grinder and grind it sharp and square. There was just enough lip on the race to give it a whack.
     
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  10. jkwincal
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    Thanks everyone, did what you guys suggested and got them out. Big difference with new kingpins, shocks and wheel bearings.
     
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  11. BJR
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    from Minnesota

    Put an oversize sway bar on it and you will be amazed again.
     
  12. Allan Perry
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    Grandpa had a curved punch I think he made it himself works great
     
  13. jkwincal
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    I may have to get new springs at some point, I think it still has the original red springs in it.
    BJR - where would I get an oversized sway bar?
     
  14. BJR
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    Someone had some made up a few years ago, a friend bought one and put it on his 56 Buick convert. Said it made an amazing difference in how it cornered. I suppose you could take some measurements and go look around a junk yard to find something with a bigger diameter that would fit.
     
  15. jkwincal
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    Good point about trying to find something that fits.
     

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