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*HELP* 1955 Chevy Rear Axle roller bearing, What are you using ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Harms Way, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
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    Alright guys,.... I'll get the details exact in the next 24 hours or so,... In the mean time here's my problem/question.

    I have a 55 Chevy rear axle ( that for reasons I really can't get into,... I am forced to use :()..... Anyway here's my problem, The axle bearings are froze up tight.... And to boot, they are the old ball bearing style.... which I hate and they are stupid expensive !

    Have any of you guys ever found a roller bearing that replaces it ?.... I could spend a few hours down at the parts store with a dial caliper pulling my hair out..... Or, If any of you guys have the answer. It would streamline the process and save my hair.... :D

    If I remember what I checked today,... the 56-57 rear axle bearing is 3" diameter...... The 55 only is 2.835 on the OD and .9250 on it's with....

    Any Ideas ?
     
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  2. 210sedan
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    from upnorth,wi

    if there was a replacement,the tri-5 guys would be selling it.
    sorry but there isn't
     
  3. This thread on Chevytalk has good information about axle bearings for tri-five chevs:

    http://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/showtopic.php?tid/267374/post/2123997/hl/%22roller+bearing%22/fromsearch/1/#2123997

    Here is a thread where he specifically talks about roller bearings... not being available:

    http://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/s...st/2020539/hl/"roller+bearings"/fromsearch/1/

    DZAUTO/Tom has been rebuilding them for 30-40 years, and knows his stuff.

    Sorry to send you off site.

    Scott/Gotta56forme
     
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  5. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
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    HW, the 55-56 axles are the same, 57 up are the larger dia.
    I know only because i used a 56 rear in my 53 when i swapped it, and also own a 57...
    When i rebuilt the 56 rear, i bought an extra bearing in case i needed it later sometime.
    I sold the car, and still have the 3rd new bearing somewhere in the garage.
    I paid 40.00 for it so if'n ya need it cover my investment and it's your's. Shipping's free :D


    Tony
     
  6. NORSON
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    I used a '55 axle in my altered built in '65. Used roller bearings on the axles and metalic shoes. If I remember right I got the bearings from the Chev dealer. They were a police application. I think they were listed as heavy duty and not listed as rollers. Odd rear end for an altered. I narrowed the axle and the ends of the axels were built up with weld and re-splined. An olds would have been a better choice. Norm
     
  7. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
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    Hyatt JRN1542WB-15 (or) GM 7450792

    is listed in the 59 parts book as used in 55-56 pass, 56 corv, roller bearing.

    Interesting.
     
  8. Mr48chev
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    The measurements on that bearing are
    Bore Size: 1.378 in. (35mm)
    Outside Diameter: 2.8346 in. (72mm)
    Width: 0.925 in. (33.35mm)

    That's the National ball bearing
    National - Wheel Bearing

    Part Number: RW507ER
    Line: BCA

    I did a search by size but didn't come up with anything.

    But price wise http://www.amazon.com/Precision-Automotive-RW507ER-Wheel-Bearing/dp/B007RUJ6OM 50.00 less than O'Reilly's wants.

    Or at the auction site 200824157613
     
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  9. squirrel
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    REading the internets some more, it looks like the roller bearing was discontinued in the 70s.
     
  10. Kustm52
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    I used a '59 center section, axles and bearings in a 55 housing. Cut a spacer out of another backing plate to make up the difference of the thicker bearing.
     
  11. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
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    Well guys,...

    Found a pair on the "online auction sight" new in the box with seals and retainers for 50 bucks.... and free delivery....... Works for me. Thanks for your reply's.
     
  12. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
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    Glad ya got it taken care of, and thats a great price too. Can't beat that! :)

    Tony
     

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