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Oilite pilot bush needed

PostPost by: 1963Turnerjohn » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:49 am

I’m in need of an “Oilite” pilot bushing for a 4 bolt crank
ID = .59 inch
OD = 1.58 inch

I checked Dave Bean. They have only a brass - non oilite Bush or roller

Thxs
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:49 am

Try RD Enterprises. They should have them.
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PostPost by: avro » Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:26 am

Hello John

There are two sizes of first motion shaft (spigot shaft) depending on the gearbox being used. The very early close ratio gearbox had a larger diameter end to the shaft. Your 4 bolt crankshaft being in a slightly later car with the semi close ratio gearbox uses the same internal diameter bearing (.590”) as the 6 bolt crank. If you still have your old bearing but it’s just worn then it can be machined out and the roller bearing that is used in the 6 bolt crank can be pressed into place. If you don’t have your original bearing then a steel sleeve can be machined of the same OD with the roller bearing fitted.

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PostPost by: englishmaninwales » Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:17 pm

John,
You have a PM.
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PostPost by: 1963Turnerjohn » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:22 pm

Located a couple NOS bushes so all set - thank you guys for the feedback
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