Just some guy
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: SC foothills, USA
I have needle bearing perches on my 67.
My car is a garage turd. Opentracker has taken his roller bearing setup to the track a flogged it repeatedly. And he has checked on his perches so he knows they hold up pretty well. my setup is as yet untested, and I wouldn't really recommend someone copying mine until I had put a signifigant amount of miles (or race time) on them and inspected them.
I didn't find any such bearings that would fit both inside the perch and also on the shaft. I ordered the closest I could get that fit inside the housing from McMaster-Carr. But the shaft I had to turn down on the lathe. I ordered the hardened inserts too but I felt if I used them I'd be turning down the shaft enough that it's strength would be compromised. Instead I did my best imitation of a "ground" finish on the shaft (I don't quite have the tools to do real finish grinding) and then heat treated the shaft.
I posted pics of all this maybe six months or a year ago (CRS). They're untested, unproven, and so I can't recommend them to anybody. I had fun making them though and they came out really nice. Doing stuff like that is why I own my Mustang. If they don't work out, then I'll make a set like Opentracker's. No doubt I will enjoy doing tha too.
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