Front End

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Steven D. Reich

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Hi-

I have just rebuilt the front end of my Amphi. I had White Post rebuild
brake cylinders. Bleeder valves were too long. Had to go back to
originals. I got shocks from Gordon Imports. Had to tap (as in large metal
hammer) them into place in the brackets. Front end is now several inches
higher than it used to be. It is not clear how far the wheel bearings need
to be on the stub axle. I have about a quarter of an inch of the axle
showing outside the castle nut. The hub is only a few mm into the oil seal.
Anyone else have these problems. I have the brake shoes completely off the
drum but the car doesn't stop as well as it did before. Is a little bit of
rubbing of the brakes shoes on the drums OK? Any suggestions on how to
judge the tightness of the axle castle nut? Overall, an improvement on the
old suspension. However, I think I spent about a grand on this fix.

-Steve

'64 red (CA: AMPHICR)
'64 red (CA: I SWIM 2)
Del Mar, CA



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Michael Echemann

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Steve:
Tighten the front castellated nut to 21.6 ft.lb. of torque then back off the
nut one sixth of a turn. This is in the manual on page 5/9 and always seems
to work dead on. I don't think you can go wrong with your front seal
placement and the bearings would be obvious if not correct.

You can easily adjust the front shoes by the nuts on the back side of the
backing plate. It think there a 13mm fit. Look in your manual to determine
which way to turn the nuts to tighten as it's different from front to back.
Then slowly back off a each nut ever so slightly until you get a free wheel.
Personally I think it's fine if you have a hint of shoe/hub rub but only
minimal and not all the way around the rotation just maybe in a spot or two.
This should adjust itself out once used.

Mike

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steven D. Reich" <sdreich@pacbell.net>
To: "Amphicar-Lovers" <amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 9:29 PM
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Front End


> Hi-
>
> I have just rebuilt the front end of my Amphi. I had White Post rebuild
> brake cylinders. Bleeder valves were too long. Had to go back to
> originals. I got shocks from Gordon Imports. Had to tap (as in large
metal
> hammer) them into place in the brackets. Front end is now several inches
> higher than it used to be. It is not clear how far the wheel bearings
need
> to be on the stub axle. I have about a quarter of an inch of the axle
> showing outside the castle nut. The hub is only a few mm into the oil
seal.
> Anyone else have these problems. I have the brake shoes completely off
the
> drum but the car doesn't stop as well as it did before. Is a little bit
of
> rubbing of the brakes shoes on the drums OK? Any suggestions on how to
> judge the tightness of the axle castle nut? Overall, an improvement on
the
> old suspension. However, I think I spent about a grand on this fix.
>
> -Steve
>
> '64 red (CA: AMPHICR)
> '64 red (CA: I SWIM 2)
> Del Mar, CA
>
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
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