[Healeys] Making wheel bearing shims

Harold Manifold manifold at telus.net
Sun Aug 20 12:09:14 MDT 2017

I am in the process of restoring a Mark 1 BT7. I have what appears to be
original BMC shims and replacements I recently purchased from AH Spares.
These are the dimensions:
AH Spares    22.4mm x 30.2mm (0.882" x 1.189")
BMC            22.7mm x 32.3mm (0.894" x 1.272")
Unless you are a Metallurgist I would not suggest making shims. Matching the
dimensions is easy, matching the tensile strength, wear performance and
steel chemistry is hard.
I trust this helps,


From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Bob
Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2017 8:37 AM
To: healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Making wheel bearing shims

McMaster-Carr has a large variety of shims:


Of course, you'd need to know the ID and OD.


Bob Spidell - San Jose, CA

On August 20, 2017 at 4:09 PM goldengt <goldengt at cal.net> wrote:

I figured the edges get squeezed flat so it doesn't matter. Seemed to work
in the bad old days when we couldn't get new.
Ken Freese 
65 BJ8

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-------- Original message --------
From: Bob Haskell <rchaskell at earthlink.net>
Date: 8/20/17 7:11 AM (GMT-07:00)
To: John Spaur <jmsdarch at sbcglobal.net>, healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Making wheel bearing shims


Is Moss just out of stock?  They're shown on their web page, item 121, 
part numbers 263-1[4567]5.


I'd also be interested in hearing about any experiences making shims - 
especially how they kept the edges flat.


Bob Haskell
AHCA 3000 MkI registrar

On 08/20/2017 01:44 AM, John Spaur wrote:
> Has anyone made the front axle stub wheel bearing shims? I have bought 
> them before but was curious about making them because you never know 
> what size shim will be needed during a bearing repack. Moreover, it 
> appears Moss has them for a BJ8 but not a MKII BT7.
> John Spaur
> San Jose, CA

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