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Help with Wheel Assembly

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by Silver Creek Sunbeam, Aug 29, 2020.

  1. Silver Creek Sunbeam

    Silver Creek Sunbeam Platinum Level Sponsor

    Last edited: Aug 29, 2020
  2. Barry

    Barry Platinum Level Sponsor

    The "distance piece" serves as a lateral spacer for the front hub & bearing assembly and the outer circumference provides a smooth surface for the lip of the "grease seal." The inner circumference fits snugly on the stub axle to center the distance piece and to prevent grease leakage between the distance piece and the stub axle. I suspect that the removable distance piece was intended to provide a way to deal with normal wear from the grease seal.

    Early (S-I & S-2) and late (S-III, IV & V) Series Alpines use a different grease seal and a different "spindle", so it is possible that the distance piece is also different. It is also possible that the distance piece is the same and the hub is different. Perhaps one of the "parts list guru's" can confirm that the distance piece is the same or different on early / late Series Alpines.

    Other British cars of the same vintage used similar parts (MG used the term "collar - oil seal"), but the chances of the Rootes "distance piece" being interchangeable with similar MG or Triumph parts are slim and none.

    AFAIK, the "distance piece" is unique to Series Alpines and other Rootes vehicles with the same front suspension system and has no other name. For a part that is unique to Rootes vehicles, the obvious source is Series Alpines and other Rootes vehicles with the same front suspension system that have been parted out.

    I suggest that you start a thread in the Alpine Cars and Parts Wanted sub-forum.
    Silver Creek Sunbeam likes this.
  3. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    I just went thru the same predicament..... after rebuilding one of my front ends I installed everything and noticed the wheel was loose. Had play similar to the wheel bearing was not tight enough. Tighten a tiny bit but still had same wobble.

    Discovered the "distance piece" was missing. Bought a pair from Volvoguys (Mark Davis).

    A solution may be I now have an extra pair because I just bought a set of front spindles and hubs.

    Give me a call or E-mail.
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  4. sunalp

    sunalp Platinum Level Sponsor

    I may have one. I have a couple sets of SV spindles in the attic.


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