The rear axle bearings that are used on a 1955 to 1964 are a “press- on” style ball bearing. The bearing supports the axle in the rear end housing and also serves as the seal and axle retainer. An O-ring around the outside of the bearing seals to the rear end housing, while a lip seal is located on the outside face of the bearing that keeps rear end lube inside the housing. When an axle bearing starts to leak (usually because the bearing cage is disintegrating) the rear end lube will ruin the rear brake shoes. If the bearing becomes loose, it will start to roar and possibly ruin the axle and/or rear end housing. In this article we will show the proper way to remove and install new rear axle bearings.
This instructions is contains the installation for 1955-1957 Chevy Triangulated 4-Link Kit:
1. Begin by installing the Axle Brackets onto the housing at the distances shown in Figure 1. The Axle Brackets are symmetrical with the centerline of the housing. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR HOUSING “BANJO” WILL LIKELY BE OFF CENTER! For this reason, to locate the center of your housing, measure from the outside edge of each outer flange and mark the halfway point. As shown in Figure 2, your housing should be pointed down 2º from vertical, while all of the mounts (except for the angle brackets) should be vertical. The top face of the angle brackets will be horizontal. Once in place, tack weld them.
If you use a 1955 AirTique air conditioning system, you will need to either use AirTique’s 56/57 Chevy defroster ducts or you will have to use half of the Chevrolet defroster duct for one side and one of the 55 AirTique defroster ducts for the opposite side.
Remember the basic rule for a successful installation:
1. Start your installation by supporting the truck on 4 jack stands. The truck should be sitting on the approximate angle that it does on the ground, or slightly lower in front.
2. Begin by removing all the stock suspension components from the frame. The front crossmember should be left in place.
3. Boxing the rails is next. The flange on the left rail should be flattened where the old steering box was mounted and made straight and true. The boxing plates are to stand square on the lower rail flange. The frame rail top edges should be ground straight so the boxing plates fit tight to the rail edges. Do not grind too much off the rails. The boxing plates are then clamped in place, with the front end of the plates against the back of the stock crossmember. Weld in short sections at a time in alternating locations to minimize warpage. It is also a good idea to clamp a bar across the rails to hold them in place during welding. Grind smooth when done. Figure 1.
Test each corner for fit to ensure that the corners are correct.
Option #1: If covering each piece separately:
A) Start by applying the foam edge tape to corner pieces by running it along the entire edge of the panel stopping at both the top and the bottom where the edge of the panel meets the step where the corner pieces are fitted and fixed into the center section. Apply foam tape along the edge of entire center section, keeping the same idea to stop short of the sides that contain the mounted retainer strips that corner pieces will be mounted on.
The new Jaguar XF is a dramatic expression of a bold new Jaguar design language, with a driving experience that exceeds expectations created by the striking appearance: relaxed and confident, with outstanding ability and control.
Resolutely true to the Jaguar philosophy of creating Beautiful, Fast cars, the XF goes further, adding a new dimension to the marque. The four-door XF has the visual excitement of a coupe, but room inside for five adults to enjoy an interior wholly contemporary in style yet uniquely Jaguar.
Jaguar has announced a new dedicated programme for the chauffeur market offering an attractive package for chauffeurs who make the XJ long wheelbase their vehicle of choice. The Jaguar Chauffeur Programme is designed to ensure buying, owning and maintaining a new Jaguar is an effortless experience.
David Spencer, head of Jaguar Corporate Sales said: “The XJ long wheelbase is already a strong competitor in the rapidly expanding chauffeur market. It costs £7,000 less than its nearest competitor and is best-in-class when comparing whole life costs and benefit-in-kind. With the lowest company car tax bill and strong residual values* accompanied by support from the Jaguar Chauffeur Programme, chauffeurs can enjoy hassle-free ownership and real world economy.”
Do not attempt to tow with the vehicle bumper after the relocating brackets have been installed. These brack- ets are designed to enhance the appearance of the vehicle. Towing with the bumper after the brackets have been installed could result in vehicle damage, personal injury or death. All towing should be done with a class III receiver hitch only. The manufacturer is not responsible for any damage or injury resulting from towing with the bumper.
Jaguar’s long-standing commitment to creating beautiful, contemporary, fast cars is reinforced once again with the unveiling of the new, special edition 400bhp XJR Portfolio. This supercharged performance saloon continues the evolution of the design cues first seen on the striking Concept Eight show car which starred at the New York International Auto Show in 2004.
The Concept Eight was the first time that Jaguar had shown its new performance styling to the public and the reaction was so positive that many of its key design details, such as the eye-catching polished wheels, side power vents and Satin American Walnut trim, were soon to grace the long-wheelbase XJ Super V8 Portfolio, a special edition XJ produced for the USA and other key European and global markets.
Fast, powerful animals have been prowling South Africa for eons, but the most awesome of these creatures is a new breed of cat – 2007 Jaguar XK.
It has unleashed on roadways near Cape Town in coupe and convertible forms, with slinkier bodies, more muscular engines and enhanced agility. Base priced at $75,500 for the coupe and $81,500 for the convertible, the Jaguar XK takes a giant leap forward in design and engineering.