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Technical Anyone have experience installing an okie bushing???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 1950fleetline, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. 1950fleetline
    Joined: Jun 1, 2017
    Posts: 70


    Hello, I'm looking for some info on installing an okie bushing on a 1950 fleetline, in particular how much resistance there should be when hammering in the new bushing, I have about 4 more inches to go to seat my bushing all the way in and it's pretty tight, just would like some advice before l really start hammering away at it,
    Any advice is greatly appreciated, thanks!
  2. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,137

    from California

    I've had three 49's a 51 and a 53. none of them had anything called an Okie bushing.

    edit: well would you look at that. an Okie bushing. my Mom's side of the family came from Oklahoma, you would think I would have heard of a special bushing just for Okies.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2017
  3. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 11,191

    Blue One
    from Alberta

  4. I'll be damn,learn something every day Cool,
  5. Smile when you say that!
  6. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 4,414


    Owned several and had never heard of an Okie bushing. Good to learn something new.
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  7. I have heard of some imported Oakie bushings being over-sized, and some have destroyed torque tubes trying to get them in. Have you measured and compared the old one?
    Have a look on VCCA website, there is more info there. Good luck!
  8. :D
  9. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,728

    Atwater Mike

    'Imported' Okie Bushings??? Now I've heard everything.

    Remember 'imitation ice milk'? O.K., copy milk, thicken it, freeze.

    But importing of Okies has got to stop. (we Californians had our fill last dustbowl!):D
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  10. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 9,007


    ...Install what is sometimes called an “Okie Bushing”, an aftermarket, produced originally in Oklahoma... Well I'll be, funny how these things get their names.:p
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  11. Oh, the wisdom of HAMB! :rolleyes:

    My question is, how did you get the old one out? o_O Or is it still in there?
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  12. Barrelnose pickup
    Joined: Aug 20, 2008
    Posts: 1,421

    Barrelnose pickup

    Measure it first,if it's Okie,it should fit Okie!

    Seriously,if it measures Okie,but it in the freezer for awhile,lightly warm your torque tube then knock it in,that should work Okie!
  13. Gene Boul
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 805

    Gene Boul

    Yep freeze the okie and hammer in. I would make a 'pilot" that fit loosely and was flanged (just an install tool) to keep from flaring the top of the tube.
  14. FrankenRodz
    Joined: Dec 20, 2007
    Posts: 897


  15. In Texas it's against the law to bring an Okie bushing over the border unless it's over 18 years old.
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  16. spiffy1937
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 732

    from Florida

  17. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,181


    I installed an Okie bushing in the torque tube of my (mostly) stock '37 Chevy coupe several years ago and it's working great so far.
    Joined: Jan 13, 2004
    Posts: 2,760


    I think I will buy one ,take it to China and then have them reproduced with inferior material and then someone can write about me in the HAMB. It will be called the Chinese Okie from Iowa thread.
    Montana1 likes this.
  19. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,251


    If you need a bushing maybe you should look for a smaller one.:rolleyes:

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