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Old 07-25-2021, 12:55 PM   #1
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I built a 40 rear end for my 32. The torque tube was cut for the flange. I cut it again near the center bearig just to see it. It is different than ones offered by the parts venders. It appears to be a caged roller bearing and the replacements look like ball bearings. Anybody want it? I would send it for postage. I hate to see any of the old parts scraped if I can help it.
I have no way of checking it for wear. If anyone has the dia of the driveshaft, I would machine a part to check fit.
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Old 07-25-2021, 02:31 PM   #2
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Andy,
Check out VanPelts website, they have a pretty good pic of the torque tube.
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Old 07-25-2021, 02:55 PM   #3
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Andy: The OEM 40 center bearing is a special caged roller bearing encased in rubber with a hole for greasing. Over time the rubber will desintigrate, turning to mush. The original 40 OEM center bearing looks like the last photo. The driveshaft is not a tight fit in the bearing and easily slides in and out. Posting a photo of what you have would be helpful. Thanks for making your part available.
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I took some pictures but the server is giving me problems. I have to email the pics to myself and then transfer to photos. It is not sending the pics back.
It looks like the posted pic. The rubber is soft but I can't pull the bearing out. I doubt if it is usable but I have no experience with them. It is not mushy.
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Old 07-25-2021, 06:12 PM   #5
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Wish we had some photos.
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Old 07-25-2021, 09:14 PM   #6
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I took some pictures but the server is giving me problems. I have to email the pics to myself and then transfer to photos. It is not sending the pics back.
It looks like the posted pic. The rubber is soft but I can't pull the bearing out. I doubt if it is usable but I have no experience with them. It is not mushy.

Andy .....Try e-mailing the pic to me and I'll try to post it. DD


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Old 07-25-2021, 09:54 PM   #7
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Thanks Coop.
I finally got it to work. For what it's worth, here they are. I cut some of the bearing off as I did not know how wide it was.
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Old 07-25-2021, 10:05 PM   #8
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Skiphanyfl@aol.com makes a replacement. G.M.
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Old 07-25-2021, 10:10 PM   #9
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Usually the rubber that holds the bearing has turned to snot. i have a picture of a NOS bearing in the Std Coupe album and the KRW tool that installs it in my MISC photo album.

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Old 07-26-2021, 12:28 AM   #10
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Usually the rubber that holds the bearing has turned to snot. i have a picture of a NOS bearing in the Std Coupe album and the KRW tool that installs it in my MISC photo album.

Mike's NOS Center Bearing & KR Wilson Installation Tool. You guys are in for a treat if you go to Mike's ALBUMS. He has some really cool stuff, and does some beautiful restoration work on his own cars. DD








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Old 07-26-2021, 04:49 PM   #11
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Andy, That bearing rubber casing is too far gone. No longer usable.
Thanks for posting the pix.

I keep thinking there must be a way to re-encase the metal part of the OEM bearing
in a suitable material that will allow it to be reused. Perhaps the material that skate board wheels are made of or DELRIN.

Here's a thread that provides center bearing dimensions.
https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...r+bearing+size
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Old 07-26-2021, 06:35 PM   #12
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19Fordy,
With some work making the drawing, maybe it could be made with 3D printing. Just a thought. And thanks for your kind words Dick!
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Old 07-26-2021, 06:55 PM   #13
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Here's instructions on replacing the rubber if anyone is up for the challenge.

Page 17, about halfway down the thread.

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Old 07-27-2021, 02:19 PM   #14
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More confusion from me.
Since the consensus was that it was toast, I desided to investigate further. I cut the tube a couple of inches further away and tried to remove the bearing/rubber. Found an appropriate driver and wacked the bearing with my 8 lb sledge. I did seperate the inner tube from the torque tube. Nothing would dislodge the rubber from the inner tube or the bearing from the rubber. I had at it for quite a while. I finally dented the bearing cage and thru the mess away.
I am glad 32's don't use center brngs. I failed.
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Andy, Thanks for perservering and sharing your center bearing ex[perience with us. Jim
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Will D. Thanks for posting that info. on how Mike repaired his center bearing. I wish I had seen it before I paid huge $$$ for a new OEM bearing in 2017. I still have the saved metal bearing. JIM
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Here is the instructions from Skips replacement center bearing. G.M.
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Much more better to read, my neck was getting sore.
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