Front Hub Bearing Removal

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Otto Skorzeny
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Re: Front Hub Bearing Removal

Postby Otto Skorzeny » Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:44 pm

Trust me, they look great in photos but they aren't perfect. The Cad and the truck are showing 16 years and 12 years of regular use in Atlanta traffic. They have some scratches and blemeshes but they're still better than average for 60 and 40 year old vehicles.

Actually, the Toronado is just as good in person as it is in the photos. It spent most of its life owned by private collectors so that's what kept it nice. One of the Moderators on this forum saw the photo and determined that it was his car that he sold in 2002. I bought it in 2014 (the photo above was taken 2 months after I bought it - that's me at the trunk).

In that 12 year period the car acquired less than 20,000 miles. It currently has 145,000 on it - 8000 from me. It had been in at least 3 collections in that time.

I bought it from a friend of mine who acquired it with a lot of 5 cars. He wanted two of the cars but had to buy all five to get them. One of the cars was a 45,000 mile '63 Rivieria in almost the same color as the Toro. It was beautiful.

He decided to sell the Toro because it doesn't have a/c. It's a Deluxe but the buyer deleted the a/c and the electric windows. I just happened to notice it in his shop and commented on the awesome color. He tossed me the keys and told me to take it for a ride. I didn't another car since I was moving and had no garage, etc.

Anyway, it drove so well I would hvae been kicking myself for the rest of my life if I had turned it down. $10K is what he gave it to me for. He was going to take it to the Mecum auction in Kissimmee, FL if I didn't buy it. He probably could have gotten $15-$20k for it.

bcroe
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Front Hub Bearing Removal

Postby bcroe » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:36 am

When I bought a Toronado, I went out and got a 3/4 inch drive set to deal with
it. Breaking the half shaft nut loose at the center of the wheel can be tough, I
have been seen jumping on a 6 foot extension. Now I put the socket on it
with the handle on the ground and drive the car a couple feet in the direction
to loosen it.

Working on bearings usually means having a press. My 79 bearings are different
from the 66s. Bruce Roe

Otto Skorzeny
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Re: Front Hub Bearing Removal

Postby Otto Skorzeny » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:26 pm

Does the left side (driver) have left hand threads?

bcroe
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Front Hub Bearing Removal

Postby bcroe » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:08 pm

Otto Skorzeny wrote:Does the left side (driver) have left hand threads?


My 79s are all right hand threads. I think yours are too, but don't have any
here to check. You may be able tell by looking closely. Bruce Roe


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