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Old 10-07-2014, 07:19 PM   #21
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:41 PM   #22
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Cute little "stump" you have there Pete. For a Mitchell I assume? Possibly a Doodlebug.

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Old 10-07-2014, 09:49 PM   #23
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All that I have ever seen have the grease fitting in the lower right side of the rear transmission bearing retainer just like Tom Endy states in post number 3 . The rear transmission bearing retainer bolts to the rear of the transmission and has 6 bolt holes that the two halves of the U joint cover bolts to. I suppose that someone could have bolted the rear bearing retainer on backwards and this would put the grease fitting on the left upper side of the rear bearing retainer. I've owned model A's for 54 years and have a bunch of them. I've never seen one with a grease fitting in one of the halves of the clam shell . The one that Pete has pictured in post number 21 must be a custom installation or one that I've never seen. You must be confused about what and where the rear transmission bearing retainer is . If it wasn't getting late I would go out and get one out of my collection and take a picture, store the picture and post it. You just need to feel around at the rear of the transmission behind where halves of the clam shell bolts . There are four sides to the rear transmission bearing retainer, if it has been installed wrong ithe fitting could be on any of the four sides of the retainer.
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:56 PM   #24
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Thank you Purdy. The mind is back. The grease zerk is on the BEARING RETAINER in the back of the tranny - NOT in the clamshells.

Hence I wouldn't have remembered it.

Not to say that it might not be a bad idea to ADD them to either clamshell, like the pix above.

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Old 10-07-2014, 11:09 PM   #25
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Thanks Purdy. I don't know why I said the rear bottom shell had the zerk, when it's in the rear bearing retainer, but I did make the same mistake a couple years ago. I corrected my earlier posting.
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:31 AM   #26
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Tom and Joe, that is an easy mistake. I've been fooling with these things for most of my life and pretty much have a mental picture of most of the parts in my mind. I wasn't trying to be a smartazz in post 23. I was ust trying to explain it so that the original poster could understand and find the grease fitting .
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Old 10-08-2014, 05:42 PM   #27
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I'm now more confused as to where I to look for the zerk fitting can some one post a pic of the rear bearing retainer?
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:29 PM   #28
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I'm now more confused as to where I to look for the zerk fitting can some one post a pic of the rear bearing retainer?
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There is a cutaway chassis at the Model A building at the Gilmore Auto Museum in Michigan. Here is the view from the passenger side. Notice the grease zerk at the lower left of the tranny. This is located at the 5 o'clock position in the rear bearing retainer.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:31 PM   #29
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You'll find some good info regarding those parts on Pluck's website. Try this link -
http://www.plucks329s.org/studies/studies_ujoint.html
Check out "U-Joint Study - Part Descriptions"
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:22 PM   #30
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I have a 31 Victoria and got a Lincoln sealed bearing U-joint from Drake Reproductions. Slipped right on, no messing with "gobs of grease"... Not sure it will fit your pickup, ask them.
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:43 PM   #31
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Thanks Joe and Tom. I believe I'll go the direction of kressej and occasionally grease the "ball and socket."
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