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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 26th, 01, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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I have to replace the rear wheel bearings on my '67. Are the bearings pressed on? Do the axles need to be pulled? If they're pressed on I'll probably have to take it to a local garage. Also, How much gear oil will I need (10 bolt 8.2").
Anything else I should watch out for?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 26th, 01, 08:22 AM
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The bearings will come out by using a puller. This tool should be available for free,(deposit required) from your local auto parts store. The tool looks very much like a dent puller with three adjustable hooks that can be opened and closed by thread.

Rick O'Loughlin
Amherst NH
69 RS-SS

Note: Based on doing my 69 10 bolt last fall.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 26th, 01, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Do I have to pull the axle's out first?
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 26th, 01, 09:35 PM
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I figure I would add my few cents here..
Try to get the RED grease from the auto store for packing your new bearings...This is a much better grease and higher temp ratting...
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 27th, 01, 03:55 AM
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I replace the rear axle bearings on my '73. Man, that was a lot of work. Easy to get the axles out, open the dif cover, remove the screw, pull the pin, push the axles in (one at a time) and remove their clips, pull them out. That was the easy part. Pry out the old seals.
The bearings, what a bitch to get out. First I tried my friends slide hammer, that just broke them up a bit. Finally I rented a real slide hammer. It has 3 hooks that go inside and expand to grab the race. Then bang, bang, bang, try to knock it out. It took hours! Finally I got smart, removed the backing plates and put a propane torch on the housing. I tried to heat it evenly, but found just leaving it pointed at the housing while banging worked best. Finally got those suckers out. My wrist hurt for days.
To put the new bearings in, I put them in the freezer for a few hours first, heated the housing again, then knocked them in quickly before the temps equalized too much. One of them bottomed easily, the other I had to work at a bit. What a job!
BTW, I used those "axle saver" bearings, as the axels were wore down pretty far. I'm not sure if it had 240,000 miles or 340,000 miles, wish the odo had a 100K digit. I've watched it roll over once myself, I've got about 60K on it since I bought it.
Well, good luck with those axel bearings!

now: '73 LT1; '79 Z28
then: '67 coupe; '88 IROC; '95 Z28
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