I'm looking at fitting full floating bearings to a 1927 diff with ford wire wheels, how have people got around fitting the wheel studs withe the brake drum in between the hub and bearing flange? What studs are used for this
Many thanks for any responses
If you are going to run modern bearings that's great but you will potentially need to resolve an oil leak. The full floating hubs I have leaked, they needed to be used with modern inner bearings. On http://www.tfoye.com you will find a page called "modern bearings" - that will show you what needs to be done to install the inners. The outers just slip on, and bolt to the housing. Mine work great and the disc brakes went right on no problem.
The suppliers of floating hubs sell a version for use with Ford wire wheels. Not aware of an oil leak issue but apparently Tim has experienced this.
Jerry my observation, if my memory is working at the moment, is that the seals in the floating hubs were just not big enough (small enough? - I.D.) to touch the axles and form a seal. I pulled a set of non-floating hubs and went to the full floaters to correct a wobble I had involving the disc brake rotors. As I already had the modern inner bearings with perfect seals - no oil can reach the outers to test the theory. So my statement is based on an educated guess and not a jab at whom-ever is manufacturing these hubs.
No jab perceived by me. In floating hubs that I've made, I put the seals on the inner ends of the stub inserts. So far so good. I think some others put the seals near the outer end, maybe that makes a difference.
Jerry, I make mine with seals on the inside end too. In most cases they run on a portion of the ground bearing surface which has never had the original roller running on it. Any wear on the outer end of the axle would make for a less than optimal fit for a seal at that end.
Allan from down under.
Thanks for that, the main part I was trying to figure was by the time the studs are pressed through the bearing flange, brake drum and hub I would need longer than standard studs to be able to lock them in the wheel hub like would normally be done. Is there an off the shelf stud available?
It's been so long since I did mine I don't recall where the studs came from, but yes, they were a stock item.
Allan bennett, do you have drawings for the floating hubs you make, if so can i get a copy. Thanks Andrew, Qld downunder