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Hello to all
thanks for the help on identifying my snowblower on my previous post

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum/general-snowblower-discussion/149617-help-me-id-tank.html

Anyway, its an old re-branded MTD 4924A

I noticed on the right wheel, the axle isn't secure and has some play. It has a slight wobble. There appears to be a bushing or bearing that is broken or not there. I used the link in my previous post and used the exploded view but there only seems to be washers there any nothing to make the axle secure thru the hole in the metal bracket.
It has probably been this way for ever and doesn't truly affect too much, but since the machine is still in great condition, I may as well make it as close to original as I can

Also, the rims are seized on the axle. I used 2 torches, one of them being mapp gas. Torches, and PB blaster and nothing.
I have no problem cutting the rim off. I know its a 3/4" axle. I can find plenty of rims on line but none with the long shaft these rims have that extends out towards the body of snowblower.
Any ideas on new rims?
Here are some pics.



 

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The scratches on the rim shaft are from a pipe wrench with a cheater bar, trying to twist the rim off after heating with torches....
 

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I have a thread on this forum on how to convert a blower to roller bearings, might be of interest. On the issue of deep shaft hubs, that isn't as important as you think. Find some rims and fill the gap with some plastic pipe sleeves, I've done that before.
 

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If that is a solid rim, I would drill at least 2, preferably 3 holes, and use a harmonic puller as I heated and lightly shock tap the hub after heating, slowly drawing in on the puller, along with some weasel piss (PB .. Trizol is actually the best). Careful not to ignite the penetrating oil.


You need the good 45.00 Benzamatic gun handle , as a reg propane tip wont heat it enough ... a set of tank torches would even be better, but most homeowners don't have them.


Putting on a nice set of Snow Hogs or XTrac would top it off.
 
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