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Old 03-16-2015, 06:04 PM   #891
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One last question...how much farther down will you have to excavate your garage floor now?
I'm more interested in the extension so he can close the door!!!!!
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Old 03-16-2015, 08:35 PM   #892
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hey old folks...there never was a V-8 until way after ya'll,s shorty rolled off the line;)

I think you shoud have gone for a straight 8 or 12 supercharged
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:02 PM   #893
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Work has been extremely tedious of late --- Seems every item has to be hand made or spend months tracking down. Just part of this wacky build I took on so I can't really complain.

And Jack...you will probably identify with this...

Had a major shocker while modding a disk brake system for the front. Decided to install new wheel bearings while I was at it. No big deal, right. Checked my old parts book and found the "right" numbers for the factory installed Hyatt bearings. No such animal today. Tried every source online hoping to find an interchange part number. No such animal. So...I cleaned up what I had and checked the numbers on the inner & outer. Turns out the larger inner was the same as what's in my book but the smaller outer had been replaced somewhere along the way with a "newer" Timkin (started to get hopeful). Went to my local NAPA store with both to see what I could find. They confirmed no replacement for the inner, but did have a newer interchange for the little Timkins...at $250 buck apiece! What!? I said thanks but no thanks until I could look a little more. Went back online and did indeed find plenty of the Timkins...all STARTING at $250 each. One mahcinery outfit in Minneapolis had the exact same Timkins priced at...get this...$675.00 each! What the **** were they made for, the freakin' Space Shuttle!?

At least I did find a pair of the inner bearings as NOS (new old stock) on Ebay for about $25.00 apiece. But, I did go back to NAPA for their bargain priced Timkins. $500.00 to special order a pair.

Yet another argument to start with something younger than 70 years old to do your conversion on.

Ah well, telle est la vie.

Onward!
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Old 03-17-2015, 09:06 PM   #894
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Ouch, That's as bad as unit bearings.

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Old 03-17-2015, 09:08 PM   #895
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I'll whittle some maple bushings for you. We had them in a cultipacker about the same age as your rig so they should surely work.
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Old 03-17-2015, 11:44 PM   #896
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I'm holding out for some Lignum Viatae wood. The aft main shaft strut bearings for USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, were composed of this wood. Ought to be fine for an old Chevy, right?
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:53 AM   #897
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Glad you got it worked out

How much difference in bearings sizes between what is available and not?

Are the spindles removable or 1 PC with beam?
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Old 03-18-2015, 09:58 AM   #898
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Howdy Bansil --- the spindles are removable but as near as I have been able to tell, the only "reasonable" transplant is from a 2 ton of the same vintage. And parts for them are even harder to come by. In fact, I have a complete 2 ton axle I considered swapping but the kingpins turned out to be wonky and made of Unobtainium where those on my 1.5 axle are tight & right.

And I was considering machining what I had to fit more common bearings when the NOS stuff appeared on Ebay so I just went with keeping the originals.
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:12 AM   #899
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One more thing...

Some of the NOS parts I have picked up were old MilSpec stuff and had been packed in Cosmoline. Amazing stuff. They have even found parts coated with it that went to the bottom of the ocean during WWII that were still intact.

However...after half a century or so, it basically solidifies into wax and is a royal SOB to remove.

It takes plenty of high powered solvents, a torch and lots and lots of time to get down to the (still shiny) metal underneath.

Does anyone here know of any shortcuts or tricks to clean this stuff off?
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Hot water and Dawn Power Dissolver ? Foam Spray For Cleaning Tough Greasy Foods Cleaned the cosmoline off of my Mosin Nagants pretty well... even soaked it out of the wood. I found it on the shelf at Wally World. Seemed to be way less harsh than some of the chemicals that others have mentioned to clean Mosins with. If you still want other options look to Mosin and old Military rifle forums...everyone has their own recipe that they swear by! The most common factor between them is HEAT (which you should be getting soon in Tx)
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