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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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New Brakes by Springtime?

Posted January 27, 2009 12:01 AM by dstrohl

More parts arriving for the Hemmings Speedster this week as preventative maintenance and and brake upgrades continue. All front wheel bearings and seals will be replaced with new Timken taper bearings and National wheel seals. Front and rear leaf spring shackles will also be replaced including new steel eyelet bushings.

The late thirties rear axle bearing came in two outside diameters depending on the year and body style. The speedster uses the 2.84″ OD caged needle bearing held in place by a 3″ OD (before compression) snap ring. Commercial axles and earlier 1928-'36 passenger car axles used an even larger caged needle bearing that was 3.19″ OD.

Hopefully we will be ready to hit the road running once Vermont thaws (in, maybe, June).

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