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Unread 12-05-2015, 01:46 AM   #1
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Broken bearing cap assembly

So does this mean I need a new bearing cap assembly housing for my Dana 20?

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Unread 12-05-2015, 11:34 AM   #2
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Garbage? Or should I try to braise it and run with it?
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Unread 12-05-2015, 11:55 AM   #3
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Yes braise it. Old trick is to braise it and grind it smooth on top and braise a heavy washer over the hole. Used to do this with some heavy duty electric motors in an industrial setting.
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Unread 12-05-2015, 12:08 PM   #4
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Yes braise it. Old trick is to braise it and grind it smooth on top and braise a heavy washer over the hole. Used to do this with some heavy duty electric motors in an industrial setting.
Great! So all is not lost after all. :-) Thank you. Will give it a go.
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Unread 12-05-2015, 12:22 PM   #5
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How did that happen? Drop it?
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Unread 12-05-2015, 12:57 PM   #6
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How did that happen? Drop it?
Haha. I was hoping no one would ask. :-) let's just say I was using the wrong tool to pull the seal and I though that securing it in a vise was a good idea. It didn't take much, but leverage is everything I guess. (And cast doesn't bend first)
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Unread 12-12-2015, 05:28 PM   #7
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I had a local machine shop braise it for me and machine it flat on front and back. They left it a little thick around the edges on purpose.
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Unread 12-13-2015, 12:37 PM   #8
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Nice work--tip ot the hat to the man with the torch. Dad used to use an old welder/machinist whose favorite saying was "Gooder that new!"
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Unread 12-13-2015, 02:23 PM   #9
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Not just good..... Good enough!
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Unread 12-13-2015, 04:34 PM   #10
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Nice work--tip ot the hat to the man with the torch. Dad used to use an old welder/machinist whose favorite saying was "Gooder that new!"
That gave me a good chuckle. It sounds like something my great grandfather might have said in his thick Scandinavian accent. I've had the same shop do several other jobs for me, such as press bearings, machine the back of my Dana 30 hubs (for disk brake conversion) and braise my steering box bracket. The guy who fixed this is the grandson of the guy who started the business, so I'm sure he was probably born with a torch in his hand. :-)
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