78 wheel bearings

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78 wheel bearings

Post by yaont2 » Fri May 11, 2012 11:10 pm

I have torn down my 78 in order to replace the timing belts primarily, however I also was hearing some bad bearing sounds so decided to replace them as well. I got the old front wheel bearings out and put the new ones in (remembering to put the bearing spacer in place). However, I have the bearings fully seated, and the bearing spacer still has about 1/8 inch of play side to side. Isn't this supposed to be a snug fit? Any thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: 78 wheel bearings

Post by virgilmobile » Sat May 12, 2012 10:40 am

Yes,the bearing spacer should be a perfect fit between the 2 bearings.It should end up a solid shaft from end to end.Assuming the replacement bearings are identical to the original,one or both may not be seated completely In the hub.You may have to disassemble and measure.check the hub for something that's keeping the bearing from seating to the bottom.

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Re: 78 wheel bearings

Post by Fred Camper » Sat May 12, 2012 1:18 pm

Thanks for the data Virgil, we will all need to do this job some day and known it needs to fit solid makes us more knowledgeable.

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