Gain extra benefits by becoming a Supporting Member Click here find out how!

Classic Performance Products Nu-Relics Power Windows
American Auto Wire Hellwig Products IncPerformance Rod & Custom
Danchuk Catalog

Username Post: Roller front wheel bearings        (Topic#361078)
Member #51
Posts: 9015

Loc: Mustang, OK, USA
Reg: 12-25-99
05-22-20 07:56 PM - Post#2794519    

For those who wish to convert their front ball wheel bearings to tapered roller bearings, the source I have used for MANY years is Allied Bearing in Los Angeles. c...
They ONLY fit 49-54 pass cars and 53-62 Corvettes. Some of the aftermarket Chevy and Corvette vendors sell them, but at a higher price than Allied (Allied MAY be the importer). These roller bearings for early Chevys and Vettes are NOT available through retular auto parts sources/stores such as NAPA, O'Reilly, etc.

Here is what the inner and outer roller bearings look like.

Attachment: Inner_roller_bearing.JPG (1.07 MB) 125 View(s)

Attachment: Outer_roller_bearing.JPG (1.07 MB) 132 View(s)


Mel Foye 
*VIP* Original Founding Member Group
Posts: 5100
Mel Foye
Reg: 09-29-00
06-15-20 07:49 PM - Post#2796466    
    In response to DZAUTO

Good job Tom. Any idea how to get a sticky here and in the C1 area? Mel

Valued Contributor
Posts: 3530

Loc: Saturna Island, B.C.
Reg: 12-03-05
01-13-21 08:32 PM - Post#2812034    
    In response to DZAUTO

you did show the numbers on the cups for both. what are the nbrs. on the bearings themselves.

Posts: 10

Loc: Virginia
Reg: 10-25-20
02-26-21 05:24 AM - Post#2815112    
    In response to DZAUTO

Assuming they fit right into the stock hub? How hard to get them in without any special tooks?

"3rd Year" Silver Supporting Member
Posts: 248
Age: 74
Loc: Neosho, MO.
Reg: 04-01-18
02-27-21 07:35 AM - Post#2815194    
    In response to dtreat

The races come with the bearings, and they almost drop in, snug them up, and back the nut off to the next hole for the cotter pin, spin the wheel to see if it spins. That spin is why drums on the front are better than discs.

They asked me, why a Four door, and a Six, and I told them, JUST BECAUSE.

"6th Year" Gold Supporting Member
Posts: 768
Age: 75
Loc: Tazewell county, Virginia
Reg: 06-07-15
03-02-21 05:05 AM - Post#2815394    
    In response to gcrkfrd

Do you have a torque setting or do you just run them up until the wheel is hard to turn and back them off until the hole lines up?

1951 styline deluxe sport coupe w/'60 261 engine & 54 powerglide

"3rd Year" Silver Supporting Member
Posts: 248
Age: 74
Loc: Neosho, MO.
Reg: 04-01-18
03-02-21 05:24 AM - Post#2815396    
    In response to Airlifter

Never torqued front wheel bearings in my life, but that is my own way.

They asked me, why a Four door, and a Six, and I told them, JUST BECAUSE.

Posts: 481

Loc: Portland,Or
Reg: 12-06-09
04-26-21 10:16 AM - Post#2818824    
    In response to gcrkfrd

If the spindle nut is snug enough to restrict the wheel from spinning, it's too tight. I run the nut up slightly snug, and then drop back to the previous notch. But if it doesn't spin freely back off one more notch.

1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


Icon Legend Permissions Topic Options
Report Post

Quote Post

Quick Reply

Print Topic

Email Topic

FusionBB™ Version 2.1
©2003-2006 InteractivePHP, Inc.
Execution time: 0.11 seconds.   Total Queries: 18   Zlib Compression is on.
All times are (GMT -0800) Pacific. Current time is 03:25 AM