I posted in classifieds that I was looking for one. There's one on eBay right now for $200+ (who knows where the bidding will stop). For you gents with wire wheels, how do you pull the rear hubs? Or does everyone just spend $$$$$?
Just looking for what the options are. I didn't see anything in the local car parts place that I thought would work and not be huge. I'd like to be able to throw the puller in my tool bag in the car.
I use this kind of hub puller I've had since before I started with T's - they work for most any old car with a rear hub fastened on a conical axle:
(picture from the net)
Yeah but that thing is HUGE. I can't put that in my tool bag. I mean I could but I'd have nothing else in there. Lol I was hoping there was a smaller option. If not, then I'll just have to live with that. Surely there's something similar to a Ford script puller or heck, maybe someone will sell me theirs for not a gozillion dollars.
A trick that usually works
I have pulled rear wheel hubs without a puller.
If you can drive the car and it has all four wheels on it, Just loosen the axle nut about a turn and a half and drive the car making sharp turns. Usually this will result in the hub coming off to where it is against the new position of the nut. Do not drive too far with the nut loose. Now you can hand remove the nut and hub.
Willie's idea is the best one. If you've ever seen a Ford puller, it isn't as small as you think and you may have a very heavy tool bag with one inside. I've never used the wheel 'knockers' that thread onto the axle shafts. They may work, but I like Willie's idea better. The first time that I removed the rear hubs from my Grandfather's 27 coupe; I had no trouble, The taper in the hubs and on the axle shafts were worn so much, that the hubs fell off. Then, I discovered that all the E brake hardware had been removed and then I understood why the brake drum extended half way over the backing plate.
you can buy a pittman arm puller for about $15-$20 and easily modify it to do the job (just a few minutes grinding)It works well and is small enough to carry in your tool box. Got the original idea from this forum.
George! You're a genius. If it's the one I'm thinking of you're exactly right, that will work perfectly with some minor tweaking.
I carried my wood wheel hub puller so I figure a stock wire one can't be any worse than that.
George and/or Seth, got a picture or link to of the type of puller you're talking about?
What about a slide hammer with the wheel stud foot? Scott
here you go.
Seth, I may have an extra original wire wheel puller. 50/50 chance. Ill have to check when I get back home. It will be a little less than 1/2 of a gazillion dollars.
I did what George did - found a pitman arm puller at a meet for $5.00 and used a disc grinder to open it up about 1/8" till it fit the T hub. Works just fine...
I have since copied George. Pitman arm puller that I ground open - works like a champ and fits nicely in the tool bag.