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Wobbling rear rim on a B?

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Bryan Smith

04-01-2002 07:50:08




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The rear tie on my 1949 B wobbles. On inspection the rim center is loss on the axle (it has the rim with the 1 large nut holding it on).

The nut appears to have been rounded somewhat and also only has two falt sides. A 24" farm wrnech won't budge it either direction (haven't tried the "pipe extension" because I don't think I can hold the wrench on the nut).

Any ideas about loosening/tightening? Was there a special wrench for this nut? Can I use a spacer to tighten it if I get it loosened? and are the axle nuts still available?

(The bearings and axle are good and tight).

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steve

04-01-2002 20:04:44




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 Re: Wobbling rear rim on a B? in reply to Bryan Smith, 04-01-2002 07:50:08  
Bryan, I took a steel plate and cut the oval hole with two flats in it with a torch, grind to fit good. then weld a big handle on it that you can slug with a sledge hammer. the problem is the hub slides onto a tapered splined shaft. as the splines wear a little, the hub comes loose. if you tighten the nut the hub moves in further than it was before. take the nut loose and clean threads. jack the tire up off the ground and then tighten the nut. see that the tire turns easily by hand. if the wheel gets tight as you tighten the nut, then the hub is bottoming out on the inside aginst the axle seal retainer because the tapered splines in the shaft are worn excessively. if this happens, remove the hub and grind 1/8 inch off the lip on back of the hub that is hitting the seal retainer and then reinstall the hub and tighten again, check easy to roll. of coures if the nut gets tight on the shaft and the hub is still loose, then you are right, you need to put a thicker washer on the shaft, under the nut. the washer should have a large enough center hole to slide freely

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Steve in N.J.

04-01-2002 18:40:40




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 Re: Wobbling rear rim on a B? in reply to Bryan Smith, 04-01-2002 07:50:08  
Bryan,
I have a 48 B and the rear nut that holds the center hub on only has two flat sides. At least on mine that's all it has. I put a giant pipe wrench with a long handle on mine to break it loose, (and a lot of tuggin')If I remember correctly, the nut loosened counterclock wise... When I reinstalled the nut, I neversiezed the threads so in case I ever have to remove it again, it should be a lot easier than the first time... Hope this helps. Steve

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Bryan Smith

04-01-2002 08:32:15




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 Re: Wobbling rear rim on a B? in reply to Bryan Smith, 04-01-2002 07:50:08  
That should have been:

"The rear tire on my 1949 B wobbles. On inspection the rim center is loose on the axle (it has the rim with the 1 large nut holding it on).

The nut appears to have been rounded somewhat and also only has two flat sides. A 24" farm wrench won't budge it either direction (haven't tried the "pipe extension" because I don't think I can hold the wrench on the nut)."

Sorry bout all the mis-typing - it's already been one of those days ...!

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