All of my attempts to remove the front wheels from the spindles have failed. I've heated the hubs and whacked the spindle with a hammer and punch to no avail. What can I do without causing a lot of damage?
The outside bearing screw on the spindles the right spindle have left tread and the left spindle have right tread in the bearing.
Maybe this helps
Have you tried screwing the outer race off? One side has left hand threads the other right hand threads. If you don't have a copy I suggest getting a repair manual for the Model T.
Assume you have removed the spindle nut, washer, and outer bearing.
All that would hold the hub on the wheel would be the inner bearing. There should be a dust cap over it, so try to use a wood block and hold it against the dust cap, around the spindle flange, and hit the block, several places around the perimeter of the dust cap.
That should drive the bearing too, and that should force the hub off the spindle shaft.
How are you trying to remove the wheel? By removing the six bolts holding the wheel to the hub? By removing the hubcap and the spindle nut? By removing the hubcap, spindle nut, and outer wheel bearing? Remember the outer wheel bearing is screwed onto the spindle and must be removed before removing the hub and wheel assembly.
I do have the repair manual (many in fact). It says to "run off the outer bearing". Does this mean the outer bearing unscrews from the spindle? Thanks for the help...
Yes - it does Tim.
The bearings are threaded in the direction so that they loosen when the car moves forward. So, the passenger side bearing has LH threads and the driver side bearing has RH threads.
Feel like an idiot now- it's quite obvious that the outer bearings are threaded on (as you all know). Thanks guys for the help.
Welcome to "The Club".....
Many of us have had bad moments.
I am happy this forum can help with these things. It isn't much fun when we overlook the obvious but we all do it from time to time.