Yes, I removed the seal that was on the end of the axle. The part that looks strange to me is the end of the tube - it's got a "sleeve" protruding past the end of the tube about 1/8". I can't remember my Chevelle looking like that.Looks like it needs an oil/dust seal.
I tend to agree with you - looks like a repair kit, like this one I found on Napa's website. It even has the plastic roller cage.It looks like your original bearings and seal may have been replace with an "axle saver" bearing seal combo. They are designed to move the bearings and seals outward a little, giving your bearing new axle surface to ride on. You might be able to check it fairly easily by examing where your roller bearings are riding on the axle shaft. If you have excessive wear on the shaft inboard of where the rollers are currently riding, someone probably changed to the axle savers at some point. The axle saver bearing/seal combos I'm familiar with are not serviceable. They are replaced as a unit. If your axles are worn at both locations, it would be time to replace your axles and go back to the stock bearing and seal.
A heckuva question...Good detective work Tim. What are you going to do with it removed ?
Nope, I threw my old ones out accidentally I'm looking for some new ones, haven't been able to source them yet.Can't see you wheel cylinder plungers, are they in?
Not sure to what you are referring (purple clip?). I'm printing out your photo to compare to mine.On the brake job itself. Looking good, just a little advise.
The top of the blue spring where it connects to the adjuster. The top hook of the spring has a bend about 80 degree angle. I would take some pliers and squeeze it to 70-60 degree angle. Just to be sure it stays there.
Not enough detail to be sure on the purple clip where it connects to the adjuster plate. But something looks a little off, purple clip not quite in all the way. See the following, (its the other side, but similar)
What you have is a offset replacement bearing. This allows the bearing to ride on a new area on the axle. (The key is the piece you see sticking out)
Absolutely! When I took the drums off, they were a greasy mess. I figured, time for new seals. I got the ol' seal puller out, and the end came right off (I guess this was the end of the seal pack). That's when I noticed it looked different than what I'd seen in the past.You need the axle seal or gear oil will leak into your brakes :yes:.
I'm currently missing the e-brake levers and brake bar. I'll get these from one of the repop houses.Note: Do you plan on running a emergency brake? If so you need the emergency brake bar between the shoes.
The slide hammer tip worked like a charm, thanks for the heads up Al.You will need a jaw type slide hammer. You have the jaws facing outboard and expand them behind the bearing cup.
one from the back side. Sliding the hammer to remove the unit.
The stock bearing is a R1563TAV & 13992 seal (C-R numbers)
The repair kit number is MPR1563TAV (Seal is built into the bearing)
After buying the bearings today, I see that they are self-contained (outer race and cage, and the rollers ride directly on the axle).After removing the repair kit, I'm now left with the axle housing - apparently without a bearing race. Does anybody know is this is a true statement? If so, do new bearings come with races?