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Old 03-18-2015, 12:19 PM   #901
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Outstanding! --- Many thanks Malkieri! I'm off to Wally World...once again. And good timing too. Just yesterday I picked up a miniature propane camp stove to "boil" a few parts in.
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Old 03-18-2015, 12:53 PM   #902
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i used to get lots of nos harley davidson parts for resto projects. i would shave as much cosmoline off the part as i could, then boil atf in a fry-daddy fish fryer and drop the parts in. then, wsh parts in mineral spirits and brush away the residual. large parts, i would use steam cleaner after letting the parts lay out in the sun most of the day. careful with the steam cleaner as it will strip paint if you intend on doing a real "restoration.
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:52 PM   #903
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MEK will strip it off in a hurry. Just make sure there aren't any plastic parts, and you're going to have to re-grease any bearings. MEK is a strong solvent for those.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:30 PM   #904
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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?
Well I'll be!
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:47 PM   #905
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Hey Opus...they actually started machining bearings out of this wood long ago for use on the original tugs in Panama Canal. Seems it held up better than any of the metals they tried plus it is naturally self lubricating. Ain't Mother Nature cool!?
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:04 PM   #906
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Ours were maple with a hole and a grease zerk. Lasted....well, longer than I am old.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:34 PM   #907
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Hey Tango. I don't think it's the 70 year old bus that's the problem ("Yet another argument to start with something younger than 70 years old to do your conversion on."). In my case it's my 70 odd years of being ridden hard and put up wet that seems to cause the greatest setbacks!

I'm looking forward to your next update and of course some pics! Jack
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Old 03-31-2015, 12:13 PM   #908
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Howdy Jack --- been really slo-goin here lately. Spent way more time & money than wished for working at adapting the front end to disk brakes. The kit I got was actually made for 2-ton Chevy trucks and naturally required a fair amount of modding to make work on my 1.5 ton chassis. Then, as long as the front axle was torn down, it seemed wise to replace the bearings & seals. Wise...yes...simple....no. Took weeks of scrounging to come up with enough NOS parts to begin putting things back together. The two outer wheel bearings turned out to be recent issue Timkin interchanges that were apparently made for the Space Program as the best "bargain price" I could find was $250 bucks each. Ouch.

I spent yesterday with a mechanic/buddy I trust going over a few alignment issues that turned out to be of no consequence, but the final test did not go well. I ordered this kit about a year or so ago and since then determined I needed to go with newer rims. Newer = smaller by a half inch (20" down to 19.5"). Just enough that it turns out the mongo Ford F-350 Super Duty calipers that fit inside the old/bigger rims...do not fit inside the new/smaller rims. Very close, but no cigar. Spent most of the day grinding away the outer edge of the calipers a little at a time to try and get clearance. After a couple of dozen rounds of grinding and mounting the rim & tire (140 pounds worth) I'm almost there, but still a little more metal to remove. According to my trusted mechanic friend, the cast steel calipers are so over-built that I "should be" OK.

Actually, the whole system is pretty heavy duty. And for your viewing pleasure, here are a couple of pix...


The custom caliper bracket...


The International Heavy-Duty truck rotors...


The hub with adapter & rotor.
NOTE: Mods to hub include...reaming mounting holes out to accept 9/16 bolts...new, Chevy 3500 lugs reamed and pressed in...and, an adapter ring machined and pressed on accommodate the larger center hole on the new rims.


And the whole package mounted.

See...I really have been doing SOMETHING. Sadly...virtually every component is hand made. Not exactly the preferred scenario if you break something on the road to Backwater Junction. Ah well...

Onward!
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Beautiful! But what a pain in the crotch. I know you have thought of this already but be sure to grind the calipers enough to allow for wheel flex in cornering situations. I tore up a caliper on an Avanti I had adapted rear disc brakes on. At $250 a pop you have set the "gold" standard for bearings--ouch!

Glad to see you are progressing. I'm looking forward to a mid way camp out once your little beauty is complete. Jack
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:34 PM   #910
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Roger the "Camp Out" --- Here's hoping we both live long enough for me to wrap this puppy up and drive it!

How'sa'bout somewhere near Area 51?

Seems only natural since we would both be driving UFO's
(Unusual Fabricated Objects).

BTW...I did find a machinery outfit that was selling the exact same Timkin bearings for $675 a piece. ???!!!WTF???!!!
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