Does anyone make this tool for front hub bearings.
Ford Model T Front Wheel Bearing Race Fixture Like 5-Z-313 Or 3-Z-2316
( 231471720805 )
Bottom number is the tbay number of one that recently sold for big bucks. I believe Langs carried this at one time.
Big Bucks ????????????? I found an original several years ago after searching for over 20 years and I paid way more than that ! I'd have paid that price in a heart beat.
I had a fellow make a couple sets,one for me and he kept the other set.
Looks like it wouldn't be too hard to make with a lathe. (though I've had success pressing in front wheel bearing races using old slightly ground down races to press with.)
This would be a great item for a vendor to have made and I am sure they could be produced in quantity for considerably less than $75 and still leave room for the vendor to add a mark up.
For the last 60 years this old blacksmith has always just used a punch and hammer. The more troublesome job is getting the races out on early hubs without a notch.
on early hubs, weld a bolt to the race, and then drive it out with a punch!
These tools are for installing a set of races,not removing them. The early hubs are very tough to do. Some of the races arn't rounded on the outer edge enough to seat properly.
I use a punch and hammer to install bearing races. Sorry for the misunderstanding. I do have more trouble removing them than installing them. My pacemaker has sidelined my arc welding.
Jack, thanks for clarifying. must be ball bearing races on the subject then?
I am trying to switch an early set of ball bearing races to the roller bearings. I think I grabed the wrong races as I'm not able to get them seated fully . I had this tool made to assist in that project.
yes Jack there are two types of race one is square bottom edge which needs to be ground off to make it fit the other is made with a rounded edge they seat perfectly
Here is what Colin is describing.
call me crazy but I just use a socket the right size and a press puts them in nice and even every time