This is a handy tool for fine cleaning. Recognize it? It’s a dental scraper. You can buy automotive scrapers like this but, I prefer to get them for free. Each time I go to the dentist’s I ask for used scrapers. They usually have a batch lying around. My dentist actually has others besides me who ask for these neat tools.
Talking about specialty tools – I know there are proper jigs to install bearings. I just have never gotten around to buying a set. Maybe for next time. I like to use a hardwood block and a moderate sized hammer. The trick is to keep the bearing going in squarely and not allowing it to tip too much. Once it gets going straight it seems to slip in easy enough – at least until the wood block hits the casting.
The cone in place and extra lube applied. I did miss a photo of the grease seal going in place unfortunately. I used the same block of hardwood in the same manner as I did with the new cups, being careful that it went in square.
Some extra grease to smear around on the outer cup.
Outer cone, washer and nut ready to be installed.
Drum fitted, outer cone and washer in place ready for the castle nut.
Just about done. I followed the Studebaker service manual’s procedure for tightening the nut. Tighten until the bearings are binding on the hub then back off 1/6 of a turn or back to where the cotter pin can be fitted. I like to put cotter pins in backwards so that they are easier to remove later if needed – and they often are!
Next I will have to set the Champion down and torque the inner A arm clamping studs top and bottom. From there I’ll need to set the alignment good enough to drive to the alignment shop.