Hi Folks, I'm restoring my 1919 speedster and after disassembling the rear end found modern style outboard axle bearings. They seem to be in good shape will just need new oil seals. Seems the brake housing portion of the axle tubes were shorten about an 1" as well as the original outer bearing race was narrowed and used as a spacer. The bearing has a hub
In the inner race which was ground eccentric and has a matching set collar which was also modified with an eccentric ID in the collar. This served to lock the bearing in place. Has anyone any experience with this setup or know where it might have come from? Thanks for any help.
Robert, I have never seen that type of bearing used in a modified T axle. They are commonly used on all types of agricultural machinery shafts. The eccentric is used to lock the inner race on the bearing so it does not spin on the shaft.
Don't know if this helps, or not.
Allan from down under.
Many folks in the Dallas / Ft Worth area have been doing that for years. Perhaps your car came from there? Ralph Zaijcek used to do that, as well as Jerry Hunt, and others.
John Stolz offers several versions of that modification too.
Thanks for the information fellows, since the bearings are in good shape and they modified the axle housings, I'm just going to stay with these. The seals are still available.