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That is not a 57 chevy 8.2 axle diagram. It is a 9" ford. The old car manual project has good 8.2 chevy details here:

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/booklets/55top06/index.htm

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/booklets/57top30/5730smindex.html

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Thanks 57driver,

Oh, uh... I knew that:ashamed0005: ... actually, I need a diagram of the end of the rear axle for a '57. I've got gear oil all over the inside of a rear wheel. I replaced a seal/gasket a while back and am not sure if it went bad or if I need something else.

I just found this diagram and think it might suffice. Anyone out there have a better one? Thanks!
 

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Thanks 57driver,

Oh, uh... I knew that:ashamed0005: ... actually, I need a diagram of the end of the rear axle for a '57. I've got gear oil all over the inside of a rear wheel. I replaced a seal/gasket a while back and am not sure if it went bad or if I need something else.

I just found this diagram and think it might suffice. Anyone out there have a better one? Thanks!
The gasket doesn't keep oil in the rear end, it keeps it off the brake shoes. The retainer flange has a notch at the bottom to allow any oil that gets past the bearing to drain toward the backside of the brake backing plate. The bearing and O-ring around the bearing is what is leaking. Usually the bearing is going bad are is bad, if the bearing seal starts leaking. ..... http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/booklets/55top06/5506top17.htm
 

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The gasket doesn't keep oil in the rear end, it keeps it off the brake shoes. The retainer flange has a notch at the bottom to allow any oil that gets past the bearing to drain toward the backside of the brake backing plate. The bearing and O-ring around the bearing is what is leaking. Usually the bearing is going bad are is bad, if the bearing seal starts leaking. ..... http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/booklets/55top06/5506top17.htm
Thanks Don! :shakehands:
 

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Go to your local Autozone and just order the rear bearing there. I ordered one from Ecklers and it leaked just as bad as the old one..for some reason the Ecklers one was just slightly undersized! Went to Autozone and bought one there and have had no issue since! ...just my two cents...
 

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Hi, I just boldly took off my old axle bearing before actually securing a new one here in Finland, but I'm pretty sure one of the two auto parts stores will have one... :) Anyway, my question is about the retainer flange. I had to use some force on one of the corners to pop loose the axle, and while pressing out the bearing (my neighbor happens to have a press), the center hole of the retainer flange got slightly warped. I'm pretty sure neither of these are an issue, since the bearing (and seal) are supposed to keep out any gear oil. The way I figure is that the retainer flange is just there to keep the axle/hub on the car... Am I right?
 
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