Time to finally finish the front break job by replacing the rotor on the 1967 Austin Healey Sprite. I did not want to replace the rotor because I was afraid that the front bearing would explode on me when I removed the hub. Well when I had to replace the swivel axel on the drivers side because of the broken bolt and did not run in to any issues. I decided that removing the hub was not as bad as I read.
When I removed the hub today on the passengers side, the rear bearing was toast. The bearing came apart and now what was going to be a couple hour job replacing the rotor is now a multi-weekend project as I need to order a replacement bearings and seal. The hard part is figuring out how to remove the rest of the bearing from the axel without causing more harm.
- Chisel the thing off.
- Use a drimmel cut off wheel and try to cut the bearing almost to the axel and then break it off.
- Use the spare axel I have. This will be the last resort, even though it would be the easiest. But I would not learn anything, or get experience should I need to get something off I don’t have a spare of.
I went with the cold chisel method first. So to Lowes I go to get a chisel, yea I don’t have one get over it. I also picked up a 15/16th socket to put the axel nut back on. I did I not want to use the crescent again as I did I not want to damage it further. I kept the rubber o ring thing that came with it on so I could use them later if I wanted to protect something, it might be a good idea later. A few light taps later the bearing race came off the axel. I had to use the chisel alternating sides as I went to get the thing off.
I guess thats what I get for thinking it was going to be a easy job.
Now I can order the replacement carb springs and the other things I need for my trunk kit.