Vintage Chevrolet Club - Forums
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of all Chevrolets and GMCs.


Owner: Rustoholic
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
37 Knee #231661
01/22/12 01:12 AM
01/22/12 01:12 AM
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 721
Billerica, MA. USA
D
dfd37chev Offline OP

Oil Can Mechanic
dfd37chev  Offline OP

Oil Can Mechanic
D
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 721
Billerica, MA. USA



I removed the fenders from the "white car" to work on the knee's and here is what I found.
The right side knee appears to have had someone try to adjust or take it apart. I was able to remove the broken bolt.(note the height of the inner cover to the outer cover and the dent to hold the inner from turning) I went back to the instructions that Chevgene sent me and removed the dust cover on the frame side of the knee and found the needle bearings starting to come out.
The left side looks good. i was disappointed to see needle bearings as I hoped that they would have the bushings I have read about.
The seal kit that I received from Apple Hydraulics has the bushings included. I guess my next step will be to disassemble them and search for a machine shop that can handle the size of the knee's.
I'm sorry they are not in order. This is my first post with pictures.


Dave
old cars are meant to be driven !!
VCCA # 047832
Re: 37 Knee [Re: dfd37chev] #231677
01/22/12 03:09 AM
01/22/12 03:09 AM
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 25,142
West Allis,Wi.
Chev Nut Offline

Chev Nut  Offline


ChatMaster - 25,000
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 25,142
West Allis,Wi.
Chevrolet made knee-action units with the rollers only. If you find a unit with a bushing it has been rebuilt at one time.
The rollers are coming out because the shaft and housing are worn out

Last edited by Chev Nut; 01/22/12 03:10 AM.

Chevgene
Re: 37 Knee [Re: Chev Nut] #232025
01/25/12 12:50 AM
01/25/12 12:50 AM
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 721
Billerica, MA. USA
D
dfd37chev Offline OP

Oil Can Mechanic
dfd37chev  Offline OP

Oil Can Mechanic
D
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 721
Billerica, MA. USA
Hello Chevgen,
I checked the knee's in the "black car" and was surprised that a previous owner, before my "Uncle Bill", had the knee's rebuilt. Removed the inner cover and found this......





Dave
old cars are meant to be driven !!
VCCA # 047832
Re: 37 Knee [Re: dfd37chev] #232032
01/25/12 01:42 AM
01/25/12 01:42 AM
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 25,142
West Allis,Wi.
Chev Nut Offline

Chev Nut  Offline


ChatMaster - 25,000
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 25,142
West Allis,Wi.
I would call that a stroke of luck. its no too unusual to fine a car with rebuilt knees as some of those cars had a hard life and were still worth some good money after WWII.


Chevgene
Re: 37 Knee [Re: Chev Nut] #232035
01/25/12 02:08 AM
01/25/12 02:08 AM
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 721
Billerica, MA. USA
D
dfd37chev Offline OP

Oil Can Mechanic
dfd37chev  Offline OP

Oil Can Mechanic
D
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 721
Billerica, MA. USA
my next step will be to check the packing nut to see if it has packing rope or a late type seal. I've checked a couple of local hardware stores and have not been able to find the pencil size rope that your articles have mentioned. Any suggestions??


Dave
old cars are meant to be driven !!
VCCA # 047832
Re: 37 Knee [Re: dfd37chev] #232053
01/25/12 05:01 AM
01/25/12 05:01 AM
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 77
Minnesota, USA
H
Hayree38 Offline

Shade Tree Mechanic
Hayree38  Offline

Shade Tree Mechanic
H
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 77
Minnesota, USA
Maybe your good knees are of the Sears variety as shown in this 1948 Sears catalog. You could buy both left & right knees for $31.50 a pair.
Packing of several types, including graphite impregnated,teflon,PTFE,TFE,Carbon,Kevlar,etc can be purchased from the McMaster-Carr catalog from Chicago. Sizes are from 1/8" to 1/2". Their small packs of 4 or 5 feet cost $35 years ago, depending on size.

Re: 37 Knee [Re: Hayree38] #232290
01/27/12 03:33 AM
01/27/12 03:33 AM
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 721
Billerica, MA. USA
D
dfd37chev Offline OP

Oil Can Mechanic
dfd37chev  Offline OP

Oil Can Mechanic
D
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 721
Billerica, MA. USA
I took your advice and checked McMaster-Carr and found a dozen different types of graphite ropes. Now I just have to decide which is the best for my application.


Dave
old cars are meant to be driven !!
VCCA # 047832
Re: 37 Knee [Re: dfd37chev] #233925
02/10/12 11:06 PM
02/10/12 11:06 PM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 4,446
Tennessee
W
wawuzit Offline

ChatMaster - 4,000
wawuzit  Offline

ChatMaster - 4,000
W
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 4,446
Tennessee
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/pts/2841194768.html


This might be worth the $$, just for parts.


Moderated by  37Blue 

Your Status
Please register or login to post or reply. Forget Your Password?
Become a Member!

JOIN THE VCCA and get access to the member-only features of the forum, including the ability to upload photos. You'll also receive our monthly magazine "Generator & Distributor". Yearly membership as low as $25!

Helpful Links
Reset Your Password
Kill Your Cookies
Who's Online Now
3 registered members (AntiqueMechanic, lachlan31, Junior_Stock), 4 guests, and 5 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
Member Photos
1942 Chevrolet oldies
1918 Model D-4
My Chevys
My 31' Chevy Show
What is missing?
31' headlight reflectors re-silvered at home
Newest Members
aland, Stickdude, Achipmunk, centercut, Ilike461019
15122 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums69
Topics49,974
Posts362,381
Members15,122
Most Online304
Jun 18th, 2016
 

Notice: Any comments posted herein do not necessarily reflect the official position of the VCCA.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1