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    Lightbulb Dana 53 wheel bearing pressing

    This is a retirement project to make up for the guilt I have felt for many years after selling my 59 pickup that I had owned for 15 years and drove all over the US in my youth.

    Just enough knowledge to be dangerous so this may be a question born from my ignorance. I am rebuilding a 56 truck dana 53 rear end. All is well until I go to put the wheel bearings on. How do they fit? There is no bearing retainer, no stop sleeve on the spindle, and no step on the spindle to tell where to stop pressing the bearing on. The spindle has old marks on it where the old bearing sat and where the oil seal rode but that doesn't seem like enough to go by. When I took the bearings off the spindle I didn't pay close enough attention - should have scribed where they were. So what gives? Hopefully this was clear enough to explain my problem.
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    Welcome gballog!

    There is a stop ring machined on the axle shaft. The bearing presses up against it.

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    Post a picture of your axle shaft gballog.

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