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Post by custom880 on Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:22 pm

Well started pulling the engine out of the wagon,have some help for a few days. Need to know if the center carrier bearing is the same on a special as it is on the Skylark Part# BR01971 in the OPGI site. If not anyone know where to get such a beast. Kinda useless to continue if I don't find a fix.

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Post by regal81455 on Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:19 am

99% positive they are the same -- worst that can happen is you get it and find out it's not and then have to send back though right?

Here's a link to the one on CARS -- a helluva alot cheaper than OPGI and a "Buick" specialist to boot -- OPGI is my last resort, they are nothing more that reseller that has crazy markup on their "hard to find" parts.  Great marketing campaign though, can't blame them for being succesful.

http://www.oldbuickparts.com/product_info.php?cPath=22_449_490&products_id=8764

They also have the support if you find you need it...

http://www.oldbuickparts.com/product_info.php?cPath=22_449_490&products_id=8765

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Post by custom880 on Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:41 pm

Thanks its great to have this forum.
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Post by regal81455 on Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:49 pm

You bet sir -- we're still pretty "green" here but it's growing with help from people like you! cheers

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Post by 62cutlassconvert on Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:39 pm

I think the bearing is standard and is available from a good bearing supplier. The Carrier for the bearing that you get from CARS or anyone else, everyone seems to have the same one, unfortunately is too big for the bearing. It should be a press fit and it simply drops in and out. It's good to replace the carrier too since it will be holding the bearing in 55year old rubber. The machine shop we use was kind enough to shim it with bearing shim material and added a little locktite to keep it from spinning. Spinning you don't want. Or you can adapt a modern center bearing. I let CARS know about the problem but they said they had a few hundred of them and no one had ever had a problem, hmmm, never heard that from a supplier before. Guess they're still selling the same one.

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Post by regal81455 on Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:04 am

62cutlassconvert wrote:The Carrier for the bearing that you get from CARS or anyone else, everyone seems to have the same one, unfortunately is too big for the bearing. It should be a press fit and it simply drops in and out.

Good info!! Thanks for sharing!

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