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rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Date: August 12, 2010 02:45PM

Can someone tell me the procedure to remove the rear axles on my 1962 Corvair in order to allow me to replace the differential seals and repack the wheel bearings. I know that I need to drill out the rivets in the bearing cover to accomplish this task. Thanks.

Corey Pedersen
Amston, CT
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Re: rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Posted by: Vairismo ()
Date: August 12, 2010 03:18PM

You pull the rear drums and remove the four nuts that hold the bearing assembly to
the swing arm. Then pull axles out clear of the differential, how much they resist
will vary. If removing the axle U-joint flanges, watch out for the retaining washer.

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Re: rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Posted by: Marco_a_p ()
Date: August 12, 2010 05:07PM

While your are in the area.....

Check your brake shoes, wheel cylinder and hoses
Check your u-joints, grease if they are made for it.
Check the yoke on the end of the shaft for loosenes.
If loose, check the splines.
If it is missing the washer and retaing bolt, deffently check the splines on the yoke and axle and get a repalcement washer and bolt.

replace the mounting hardware, at atleast the lock washers.

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Re: rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Date: August 12, 2010 05:41PM

Many thanks gents. I'll give it a go!

Corey Pedersen
Amston, CT
1962 Monza 102 HP Convertible - Restoration Complete
1964 VW Beetle - Restoration Complete
1981 Chevy C-20 - Better Than New!
1951 MG-TD - Newest Addition
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Re: rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Date: August 12, 2010 10:08PM

I have managed to remove all the fasteners, u-joints and axle seal. I have been unable to get the axle and bearing to release from the brake backing plate. Any suggestions?

Also, the u-joint yoke is frozen on the axle shaft. Any suggestions regarding the necessary type of puller?

Thx.

Corey Pedersen
Amston, CT
1962 Monza 102 HP Convertible - Restoration Complete
1964 VW Beetle - Restoration Complete
1981 Chevy C-20 - Better Than New!
1951 MG-TD - Newest Addition
Member of Bay State Corvairs and CORSA

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Re: rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: August 12, 2010 10:11PM

Whack the backing plate with a large mallet!


Yoke.... HEAT... or get a thick plate to lay across the "U"... with a hole in the center..

Longer Grade 8 bolt... put in a vice and start tightening..





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Re: rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Date: August 13, 2010 12:56PM

I've tried hitting the backing plate. I'm concerned that I will deform it if I hit it any harder.

In regard to the yoke, I would like to get the axle into a vise as you suggested, but I don't see any way to remove the axle from the car unless the yoke is already removed. Can you clarify?

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Re: rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: August 13, 2010 01:08PM

connecticutcorvair Wrote:
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> I've tried hitting the backing plate. I'm
> concerned that I will deform it if I hit it any
> harder.
>
> In regard to the yoke, I would like to get the
> axle into a vise as you suggested, but I don't see
> any way to remove the axle from the car unless the
> yoke is already removed. Can you clarify?

Steve adds: In regard to the backing plate, you did remove the four 9/16" nuts that hold the backing plate to the trailing arm? Sorry but have to check.

You must remove the yoke from the axle before you remove the axle from the car. There is a bolt/washer on the end of the axle too, must be removed before the yoke comes off.

If all is removed I imagine the last ingredient is the eastern curse RUST, you will just have to soak everything or use heat to remove the stubborn parts. GOOD LUCK

Sincere regards, Steve

1962 spyder 3.0L turbo 1967 monza 110/4
1968 monza 110/4 1971 amante gt 110/4

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Re: rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Date: August 13, 2010 02:30PM

Yes, I did remove the four nuts which retain the backing plate to the trailing arm. The backing plate released from the trailing arm, and the axle has play in the backing plate, but I have been unable to remove it entirely. If necessary, it looks like I can detach the brake hose and parking brake cable, and make this a bench job (after detaching the yoke).

I was unaware of the bolt which retains the yoke on the axle inner end. I'll remove it before proceeding.

Thx for the quick and helpful response.

Corey Pedersen
Amston, CT
1962 Monza 102 HP Convertible - Restoration Complete
1964 VW Beetle - Restoration Complete
1981 Chevy C-20 - Better Than New!
1951 MG-TD - Newest Addition
Member of Bay State Corvairs and CORSA

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Re: rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Date: August 13, 2010 04:20PM

I removed the yoke nut, and still cannot remove the yoke. That's OK, though, because I did free the axle from the backing plate, after disassembling the brakes and then hammering on the backing plate. I have withdrawn the axle sufficiently to work on the bearing cover. I drilled out the bearing cover rivets, and separated the bearing cover halves.

What is the next step? I don't have access to the bearing because the outer bearing cover hides most of it. How do I clean, inspect and repack the bearing at this point in the process?

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Re: rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Date: August 13, 2010 04:33PM

Here's a picture of the separated bearing cover. As you can see, there is no access to the bearing a this point of disassembly.

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Re: rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Posted by: bought1 ()
Date: August 13, 2010 08:36PM

Its really best to get the axle out of the car to work on the bearings, especially if this is the first time in a long time. I had a yoke that was really stuck as well. Here's what I did. Soaked it for a few days with Seafoam Deep Creap. Then wiped it down and heated it as hot as I could possibly get it with a propane torch. Then I wacked it with BFH. Took a bunch of wacks to get it off, but the yoke is sturday and can take it. Good luck!


BTW where are you in Connecticut?

Dave

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Re: rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Date: August 13, 2010 08:52PM

Yes, I'm in CT.
Thx for the yoke suggestion. I've tried heat and a big hammer, plus a variety of pullers.
Re: my photo above, can you tell me how to further disassemble the bearing cover to expose the bearing for cleaning and inspection?

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Re: rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: August 14, 2010 02:10AM

You need to remove the inner bearing race (the shiny part) and then you will see the inner bearing row. Most of the time the race will come out easily but the eastern cars can have two metal parts get stuck together pretty good. All of this takes some time/patience.

Sincere regards, Steve

1962 spyder 3.0L turbo 1967 monza 110/4
1968 monza 110/4 1971 amante gt 110/4

Golden, Colo. CORSA/RMC/PPCC

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Re: rear axle removal 1962 corvair
Date: August 14, 2010 07:18PM

OK, a little tap with a plastic hammer did it. Nice and wet in there, and, after cleaning, everything is shiny and score-free. Now for reassembly.
Thx again for the help.

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