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TECH - lo-buck early Ford hub / drum puller

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by oldrelics, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. oldrelics
    Joined: Apr 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,727

    from Calgary

    Ok, I know its not tech week anymore but I thought this might be usefull out there anyway....
    Lo-buck early ford hub/drum puller....

    Axle protecting nut - I welded a small 3/8 thick plate to the castle end of the nut.

    The main body is made up of 2 7/8" OD pipe 4 1/2" long 3/16" wall.
    The end plates are 3/8" plate. The bolt is a 2 1/2" Grade 8 1" fine thread and a nut to match.
    First you need to make your end plates and on one end you make the hub hole the size of the groove in the hub. The other end make a hole just slightly larger that the bolt, just so the threads won't rub on the plate. Now weld only HALF of the nut on to the plate. Mark on the edges of that plate the half you welded on because when you cut the whole assembly in half they will need to line up. Now weld both end plates to the pipe. Cut the whole assembly in half making sure that the halves correspond with the half welded nut.

    On one half I welded on an 18" handle just so you can hang on to it or rest it on the ground as you tighten.

    Install axle protecting nut, notice it leaves about a 1/8" for the drum to pop off.

    Slip 1 half around hub.

    Then the other.

    Two 2 3/4" muffler clamps hold the two halves together, tighten just snugly.

    All set up, ready to go. Just tighten the bolt and she'll pop off. I don't use heat or hammer. Just put a little grunt to it.
    flatheadpete, Hotrodmyk and bct like this.
  2. Thanks for the great tech. I currently have a 46 ford and had to borrow an original puller from a restorer friend of mine. Now I can make mine own.
  3. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 6,955


    Looks like a K R Wilson without the expense.:) Where were you last week? Contact me if you don't know what I am referring to.
  4. junkyardroad
    Joined: Oct 3, 2007
    Posts: 410

    from Colorado

    That is very nice. Way better than the pos I tried to make.
    Good job.

  5. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,681

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    There are lots of crude home-mades out there, including some that are actually sold... this is in a class by itself, not just functional but just as good looking as a forged KRW.
    And quite possibly better...the anti-rotation arm added is a good thing.
    Everyone should note the thread cover...threads deeply need cover and a mechanism to transfer force to the center of the shaft, not the threads.
    The forces needed to get properly tightened hubs off of a Ford are PLENTY to crush the end of a bare axle or rip the threads right off if force is directed there.
    This thing is done right and well crafted!
  6. Good tech...Thanks....
  7. qzjrd5
    Joined: Nov 23, 2004
    Posts: 1,339

    from Troy, MI

    Great tech dude!!!
  8. GARY?
    Joined: Aug 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,631


    Damn, that would have saved me 170 bucks. Nice.
  9. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
    Posts: 7,584

    Kevin Lee
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  10. 48 Chubby
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,014

    48 Chubby
    Member Emeritus

    I make some of my own tools. That's good stuff right there!

    Pipe is measured according to inside diameter, and wall thickness is referred to as
    "schedule". Just a reference if you have to get some at a plumbing supply.
    Your's looks like schedule 80.
  11. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 5,430

    from Mass

    Here's a bump for a very useful tool and a very well done tech post.
  12. Cshabang
    Joined: Mar 30, 2004
    Posts: 2,458


    glad i saw this...thanks!
  13. Deadweight
    Joined: Sep 2, 2009
    Posts: 50


    Thats the best homemade puller I've seen. I wish I'd seen this last week, before I bought an ebay puller. I haven't had much luck with it.
  14. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 33,979


    That should have been on Tech week. I think I just about have everything here to make one outside of the bolt and nut.
    Thanks for sharing this one.
  15. bct
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
    Posts: 3,154


    nice , well designed tool. i've built one too but didnt consider the torq arm or the thread protection ....i'll be adding them now that i'm informed
  16. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,681

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    The one feature I would add is in the thread protector cap...Before welding on the cap I would weld in a circular steel slug slightly smaller than the depth of the treads so that when tightened on I would be sure all pressure was directed right into the end of the shaft with no chance of loading the thread.
    Another way to make that cap (an essential part, and came with all the good manufactured Ford pullers like KRW, Plomb, and Snap-on) is to buy a knocker type wheel "puller", reproduced and quiote cheap. Cut down the treaded part a little and thin down the solid part to make it more compact, instant cap.
  17. oldrelics
    Joined: Apr 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,727

    from Calgary

    The axle protector does thread on tight to the end plate......
  18. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,681

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    OK, just important to be sure all pressure is right into end...a bad shape under the cap would potentially dump a very heavy pressure into the threads.
    This thing here is the best homemade hub puller ever posted by about 500%!!
    A+ tech, A+ post!
  19. Dave Zapatka
    Joined: Oct 14, 2009
    Posts: 74

    Dave Zapatka

    There's not enough OOS in COOL for this one !!!!!!!
  20. rusty bill
    Joined: Oct 7, 2010
    Posts: 242

    rusty bill

  21. fordcragar
    Joined: Dec 28, 2005
    Posts: 3,198

    from Yakima WA.

  22. Just want to say thanks to oldrelics for the how-to on the puller. Made one last night, worked great, easiest hub pull I've done on a banjo rear. Only difference I used some 1/4' x 3" square tube instead of the round since I had some drops on hand. My kid saw it today and already said he needs to borrow it.
  23. shinysideup
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 1,627

    from ruskin, fl

    $2.90 and these work perfect.
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
  24. white64
    Joined: Sep 15, 2008
    Posts: 679

    from Maine

    What happened to the pics?
  25. oldandkrusty
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,141


  26. walls
    Joined: Oct 6, 2005
    Posts: 643


    Sorry to bump an old thread but, anybody have a picture?
  27. oldrelics
    Joined: Apr 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,727

    from Calgary

    pics back up enjoy....
  28. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,775

    from Texas

    Isn't it nice to make something up that everybody likes and wants to duplicate? What a great job you've done and thanks for sharing it with all of us. Any one with an early Ford could and will need this sooner or later.
  29. Buddy Palumbo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
    Posts: 3,871

    Buddy Palumbo

    Nice tech - thanks for posting

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