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Old 03-28-2005, 01:46:47 PM
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Does anyone know where to find Needle Bearings ??? 1.375" long and .182" diameter. I need these for the input shaft to output shaft on an old GM 4speed trans. The trans. is mounted on a walkbehind tractor.

I have checked MC Master Car, Enco, Applied Industrial, local auto parts, King Bearing, and others and I can not find these. No individual needles just caged rollers. None match what I need.

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Jim
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Old 03-28-2005, 02:25:06 PM
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Try Bearing Distributors Inc. in Canton Ohio. They have found some real oddball stuff for me. They are an international distributor. Phone 1-800-473-2777 or their web site www.bdi-usa.com.
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Old 03-29-2005, 01:55:17 PM
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Default Re: Source for Needle Bearings

Jim,

If you're really desperate, perhaps you could buy a bunch of #14 drill bits and cut the legnth of your bearings from the shank? My drill guide indicates that #14 bits are .182 dia. Don't know how hardness of the drills would compare to the bearings though. Might be a little softer material than the bearings?

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Jim,

If you're really desperate, perhaps you could buy a bunch of #14 drill bits and cut the legnth of your bearings from the shank? My drill guide indicates that #14 bits are .182 dia. Don't know how hardness of the drills would compare to the bearings though. Might be a little softer material than the bearings?

Bill
Thanks guys.

Neddle bearings are not available. Bills's suggestion is a good one.

I have decided to go with an oilite bearing and machine to fit. This will work for this appication.

Again, Thanks,

Jim
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:56:09 PM
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Mr. Tremble,
Just mike the shaft and scope the bore. There are torrington style bearings listed by size. If you want the open style; they are available as open roller bearings with both interior and exterior open. I have the master book and will gladly look them up for you.

If you insist on using free needles, get 0-1 drill rod and part it to size. You then can harden it to anything you wish. Drill rod is available in 36 inch lengths in precision ground size. It is way cheaper than drill bits and will hold up a lot better.

Another option is pre hardened drill rod, or plugs. it is super hard and comes in very short lengths. Unfortunately it must be ground to length, if you can not order the right length. It is hard and brittle.

I personally use the torrington bearings in cluster gears. It stays put and keeps things quiet. On input bodies, I advise you to use a slightly shorter bearing than original.

Just my hillbilly opinion. Back to your regular programming.
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Thanks to everyone for your help. The job is done. Machined an "oi;ite bushing", yesterday, and it works fine. The tractor will just be used for parades and such and this fix is OK.

It never fails. The day after I get it fixed, I get all of this good info. <grin> OH-WELL, I am known to get in a hurry at times.

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Jim
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