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Ulma Doctor

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My brother has a 1894 F250 4x4 diesel pickup, that he got from our dad who bought it new.
my brother is rebuilding the front end from the bearings, to tie rod ends to universal joints in the independent front end.

he needed a tool to install the front drive hub needle bearing.
the needle bearing is inside the front axle hub.

after removal of the old needle bearing, i was able to make a installation tool from 1-5/8", 7075 aluminum.

here are the pictures...

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the tool woorked great and he was able to put the axle through the hub!

thanks for looking!
 

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Since I have the lathe at the dealership, I find myself being asked to clean up bearing installers, seal installers and any other special tool that needs touching up.
Nice Job Mike.
I would guess that installer from OTC would run $110 plus shipping.
 

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Hey C'mon now I love my 85 Chebbie truck, an I don' gotta be a computer whizz to work on it .
Not that an old Chebbie needs to be worked on much any ways...................:big grin:
 

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Hey C'mon now I love my 85 Chebbie truck, an I don' gotta be a computer whizz to work on it .
Not that an old Chebbie needs to be worked on much any ways...................:big grin:
Funny you should mention Chevy because as soon as Doc mentioned it I flashed back to working on a customer's Chevy Blazer 4x4. They brought it in a couple of times saying the usual "it makes a funny sound every once in a while". Every mechanic's favorite description. Of course it would NEVER do it when either the boss or I were in it. It was the boss's best friend so we kept it for a week before he could get it to make the noise. When it would happen you could swear something was going to fall off. It would make this horrible squall and the truck would shake. All because of that stub shaft roller bearing which you would never service in normal wheel bearing service. Glad I don't have to do that stuff anymore!
 

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Years ago coming home from Knoxville Tenn the wife and kids said they heard a noise in the Suburban . Me being a machinist and half deaf , couldn't hear a thing . We drove it for 2 years , and they kept hearing this noise . Not me . Finally found out what the noise was when the transfer case shattered to pieces when backing out of the driveway . o_O
 

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I believe the parts man would call that a "spindle bearing" . A rarely serviced piece, it is. You gotta pull the spindle itself, AFTER removing the hub and wheel bearings, brakes and backing plate, and the brake line to the wheel cylinder or caliper. Bleeding the brakes is one of my favorite things:cautious:. Many of those bearings were BUSHINGS, back in the 70's. If you are in THAT deep, pull the axle shaft and check the axle U-joint and the surface this bearing rides on. I will bet it is tired too. Might as well change the axle shaft seal at the diff housing too. Since you are THAT deep, might as well pull the diff down to check differential and pinion bearings. The pinion seal will start leaking soon, just cuz it feels left out.
I only mention all this to help you see a wonderful opportunity to acquire or build more tools. :big grin:
 

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I had a grease gun adapter, it looked like someone took a piece of tubing, flattened it, then formed it over a 1" or of rod. It was designed to slide between the axle stub, and spindle, and reach back, and grease those bearings. I lost it in one of the moves, and been looking for one ever since. I guess I ought to just make one.
 

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My brother has a 1894 F250 4x4 diesel pickup, that he got from our dad who bought it new.
my brother is rebuilding the front end from the bearings, to tie rod ends to universal joints in the independent front end.

he needed a tool to install the front drive hub needle bearing.
the needle bearing is inside the front axle hub.

after removal of the old needle bearing, i was able to make a installation tool from 1-5/8", 7075 aluminum.

here are the pictures...

View attachment 289269
View attachment 289270
View attachment 289271

the tool woorked great and he was able to put the axle through the hub!

thanks for looking!
You can work on improvement maintenance you can try thrust bearing.
 

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Years ago coming home from Knoxville Tenn the wife and kids said they heard a noise in the Suburban . Me being a machinist and half deaf , couldn't hear a thing . We drove it for 2 years , and they kept hearing this noise . Not me . Finally found out what the noise was when the transfer case shattered to pieces when backing out of the driveway . o_O
Dad gummit!!! Did you get hearing aids to fore go transfer case repair?
I know the feeling, work around large diesel engines doesn't help hearing either. My wife tells me of noises in our autos and I have to let them get to the breaking point before I hear anything.
Chuck
 

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Problem solved, saved $$$, and had fun. (I think it's fun any how)
Chuck
 
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