Axle Hub Removal Issue

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Posted by Charles Hudson on August 13, 2020 at 10:14:18 [URL] [DELETE] :

With the wheels off the 8N I disassembled further, removing the brake drums, shoes and springs. On the left side the bottom shoe was oil-soaked and I assumed a leaking seal.

Referring to the PDF in "How Tos" I removed the circlips, loosened the axle nuts (had to use a cheater on the right side; left side probably was not tightened to 450 lb/ft.)

Bought an 8-inch 3-jaw puller and after quite a bit of torque and some banging with a hammer the left hub came loose. From there I was able to strip down to the bearing.

But the right side is more stubborn: I torqued until I couldn't turn the screw any more with an 18" breaker bar and socket. I banged on the hub to no effect. I left it under tension overnight and returned in the morning. I tried a large pry-bar, also tried pounding a wedge behind the hub. No movement.

The "how to" mentioned heating with a torch; I tried that, along with wedge and lever. Nothing.

By now I have fried whatever seal was in there, so the hub has to come off. But how?
Any suggestions?

Thanks for your replies.


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