Re: Learned something today about the Ford 9"
"lugnut" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> On Wed, 23 Nov 2005 03:38:10 GMT, "BradandBrooks"
> <BradandBrooks@shaw.ca> wrote:
>>Repairing the brake seals on my 1980 Bronco today. It has rear drums on a
>>Why, why, WHY, did Ford make the bearing collars unremovable? The shop
>>manual says to drill them off. (We used a torch.) But still, why? What a
>>pain in the ass! What do other makers do? And getting them on. Hell, I
>>had a steel pipe over the axle shaft, resting down on the collar, and
>>using a sledge (no, I didn't fuk the axle bolts) and all the power I got,
>>could barely budge it down the shaft. Finally gave up and went to a shop
>>to have them pressed on. Holy! Is this common on Fords, domestics? That
>>bearing collar haunts me in my dreams! LOL!
> A good cold chisel to split the collar is the easy way to
> remove them. You should have used the torch to warm the new
> collars before trying to drive them on. Also, don't use a
> sledge. Get a long piece of iron pipe to fit over the axle
> with a cap on one end. You then repeatedly drop the axle
> and pipe on a good solid concrete surface until it is
> seated. This ain't as good as a good press but, it'll work
> in a pinch. Why did Ford do that? Well, let's just say they
> were reliable as hell.
Thanks for the tip Lug... Funny, but I thought of a torch to cut them, but
not put them on. DOH!
Regardless, if they leak in the next 10 years, I'm going to blow my seal!