I received my 3 leg hub puller last week, but just got around to using it today. Setup was simple – attach the legs to the puller disk, bolt the legs to the hub using the wheel studs and lug nuts, grease the screw and hammer on the “dog bone” a few times.
Then tap on the puller bolt a few times to release the tension. Repeat until the hub or hub/drum assembly pops off. It took me about 2 minutes for mine to pop loose – amazing how easy some tasks are when you have the right tools!
Once I got the assembly off, I literally had to beat on the center of the hub with the drum on the concrete floor to separate the hub and drum! It was really stuck.
The backing plate, shoes and hardware were caked with sand and mud just like the other side was. The shoes were pretty much toast!
I cleaned everything up and reassembled with the new shoes I ordered through Advance Auto and the new wheel cylinder I got from QTM Parts. Reassembly was MUCH easier without the hub in the way!
Once I put the hub back on, I realized that I had lost the axle nut and washer! I looked everywhere. The only thing I can figure is that I had left it on the frame or somewhere and took it for a test drive – it is SOMEWHERE in the field I guess! I went ahead and tapped the hub all the way on with a deep socket. I coated the area that contacts the drum, as well as the drum screws, with anti seize and reinstalled the drum.
Next, I stole the axle nut off my other jeep and installed it to make due until I can order another one.
I adjusted the new shoes and went inside to get my daughter to help bleed the brakes. We got all of the old fluid out of the system and got all but one wheel cylinder bled. The right rear had a clogged hard line.
When removing it, the nut at the tee on the axle housing was frozen. I finally ended up using vise grips on the nut and a 9/16″ wrench to hold the tee to get it loose. One removed from the jeep, I tried to blow it out with air pressure. After a few tries, the pressure pushed the blockage out. I proceeded to spray some PBblaster through the line to clean it.
Once cleaned, I reinstalled it and bled the lines again – by myself – with the help of a makeshift pedal holder.
I took it up the driveway for a test drive. It did pretty good, but I think I need to adjust the shoes a little more because the wheels won’t lock up on a dirt driveway.
Next I adjusted the clutch free play to 1 1/4″ and went for drive. It still won’t stall the engine starting off in 2nd gear. I guess I need a new clutch – and, more than likely, a new rear seal. I am getting stuff done, but it feels like one step forward, 3 steps back! Also, the clutch cable fork was attached using a bolt. It had 7 washers on the outside, but DID have a hole drilled and a critter pin installed in the end! I should’ve taken a picture of they one! I cut down another S.S. bolt, drilled a hole and rounded the head on the lathe and installed it- one more bubba mod fixed correctly!
Another thing to note for this week. I won an auction for an M762 trailer. It is the same chassis as the M416 trailer, but with a flat bed instead of a box. I could only pick it up on Friday, after lunch. So since this Friday was the only one I had off, I decided to drive down, 212 miles, to pick it up. I got everything together for the recovery and left bright and early Friday morning. 95 miles into the trip, my right front brake locked up and ended the journey! I rigged the caliper so it wouldn’t work and limped back home with my tail between my legs. Still trying to figure out how to pick it up before the 10 days (pickup time) is up.
So, what should I do next? I have a couple more days that I can work on it this week. I think the mechanical is pretty much sorted out (except for replacing the clutch), so I guess I need to move on to either body or electrical.