I am new to this hobby .I had flat on my 1926 Fordor Sedan today and when put the wire wheel back on I noticed when I glad the top and pulled back and forth it had play in it. Should I pull the rearend rebuild it now?
Time to check the thrust bearings in the rear end. This is important because it could cause the loss of brakes or an axle to snap. Be safe and take the time and effort to know what you have there.
This is a what was left of my thrust bearing in my 27 Fordor...
With the wheel removed you should be able to check the axle for slop. If the axle has no in and out movement then I would check that the wheel is tight on the axle. It could be a worn hub or axle or both.
I had about 1/4 inch slop in the back end of my '26..on the right side was worse than the left. The right brake drum was scored internally and you could see where it had been rubbing on the brake shoe. There was NOTHING resembling a thrust washer left inside when I stripped it down, so I would suggest a look inside might be the order of the day for your rig. Tomorrow I'm putting the rear axle back in the car.
Clyde, pull the rear end apart and thoroughly rebuild it. If everything is in good shape you'll just be out some time and a set of gaskets. If your rear axle has issues it is better to find them now than when you're driving the car. A rear axle failure means loss of the foot brake and or a wheel.