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  • #16
    My 1948 Plymouth had the tapered rear axles. Yo could buy a tool that was threaded the same as the axle. You took off the nut and threaded on the tool until it bottomed out tightly. Then use a large hammer to hit the tool. Usually on hit and the drum was loose on the taper. Remove the tool and then lift the drum off. A memory from 1959 and my first car.

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    • #17
      I think it's a wine press. In the old days you'd make a flat on a log with a two edged axe, then you'd use some square headed lag bolts to hold this thing down. Get the mini barrel under there and press them grapes- or potatoes- whatever you had. 100 lbs of yeast and some copper line-
      I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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      • #18
        Way back in my teen years, I had a 1952 Studebaker Convertible. It had those tapered axle shafts and you needed a puller like the one shown to get the rear brake drums off. Took me a long time to find someone who had one that I could borrow to change my brakes.
        Now I have one of those pullers that hangs on my shop wall and has never been used since I've owned it. But if I ever need one, I have it. 😉
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        • #19
          Snap-On seems to think they're worth a bit;
          https://dpequip.net/shop/other/snap-...ggg-p-643-ty4/
          Len

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          • #20
            Originally posted by darryl View Post
            I think it's a wine press. In the old days you'd make a flat on a log with a two edged axe, then you'd use some square headed lag bolts to hold this thing down. Get the mini barrel under there and press them grapes- or potatoes- whatever you had. 100 lbs of yeast and some copper line-
            Whoooaaa,,,,"a wine press" ??
            when you say 'copper line', you done gone waaaay beyond a wine press !!!

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            • #21
              Yep, a hub puller. Thankfully they were beginning to not be needed when I was a young mechanic. Still, I had to encounter one or two. Good old days.

              Sarge41

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              • #22
                I'm surprised that there are three legs, rather than four. They would do ok on a hub with five studs, but not so well on four stud hubs. I suppose that only two of the legs would be used on four stud types.The only three stud types are Smart cars and some of the older French cars. I used to borrow a Picavant hydraulic puller from the local garage to get my hubs off the taper back in the old days.

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                • #23
                  I've used one- hub/drum remover for AMC and Mopar cars. Not fun.

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                  • #24
                    My 46 Jeep had tapered axles on the rear. That would be an early impact wrench for pulling the hubs/drums.

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                    • #25
                      I had one of those pullers for many years. It was in original cardboard box, clean in never used condition. Kept it always thinking I might find some other use for it beyond its intended use. Never did so finally gave it away.

                      Saw the identical one at a Saturday car-guy garage sale for 5 bucks also in unused condition. They appear to be a tool with some other use, but never found it in 25 years of ownership.

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                      • #26
                        Definitely a puller. Specific use is up to the user--Gear, wheel, axle, etc. That's some really nice "knockers"! I bet your dad bragged about those.

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                        • #27
                          If you didn't have one of these pullers and had to remove a brake drum you could loosen the retaining nut on the axle and drive the car around the block. This would usually loosen the tapered joint enough to remove the drum.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Canus View Post
                            If you didn't have one of these pullers and had to remove a brake drum you could loosen the retaining nut on the axle and drive the car around the block. This would usually loosen the tapered joint enough to remove the drum.

                            I used to loosen the nut, place scissor jacs on each side between the drum and spring, crank them out to apply pressure, then smack the nut with a mini maul. normally only took one good hit

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