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Jediscuba Avatar
Jediscuba Steven Spandorf
Southampton, NY, USA   USA
1963 Triumph Spitfire "Pussycat"
1970 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "PussyCat The 4th"
1972 Triumph GT6
1980 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Pussy Cat"
Jim,
I think I had the same printing class teacher ... LOL
Mr Honig .... OH, the hours I spent putting away pied let type after a run on the platen press.
His other pet peeve was the way kids would squeeze the tubes of ink.

Man, we're OLD

Steve
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In reply to # 1590643 by Manistee I had a teacher in printing class. When we were going to use a printing press we had to oil it. He would always tell us, " Oil can in one hand, rag in the other"

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spitfire50 Paul Mugford
Rochester, N.H., USA   USA
In reply to # 1590652 by tapkaJohnD e]
Paul,
That's a Mk.2 - this is a 1500. And anyway, that adds two grease points to make a grand total of THREE. To be attended to every 12,000 miles, or maybe every four years for most classic owners. An average of three-quarters of a grease point per year. For a pneumatic grease gun.

Glad you've got lots of other uses for it, Andrew!

Jim - what's oil got to do with it?
JOhn
John,
Same wheel bearings carrying a heavier car. Haynes gives 25,000 miles and doesn't differentiate between marks. Do they really know better than Triumph did?
All the best,
Paul

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brucejon Gold Member Bruce Jones
Santa Cruz, CA, USA   USA
1960 Triumph TR3A
1963 Triumph TR3B "Tupperware TR3"
1969 Triumph Spitfire MkIII
1972 Triumph TR6
In reply to # 1590654 by Voda2000
In reply to # 1590651 by Tonyfixit Please note I changed the link in my last post.

Universal grease must have both NLGI designations CG (wheel bearings) and LB (chassis)

Sorry....Big fingers and not engough coffee :-)


Thanks Tony. That’s what I’ll probably end up picking up.


As a side note has anyone ever tried those bearing packet things? Since I’m going to have the front hubs off I was thinking of repacking the bearings with new grease.

My experience has been most of the bearing packers dont work well on the relatively small wheel bearings in a triumph, and just manually packing it is very fast anyway. Clean out your hub and fill it about 1/4 full of grease as well.



60 TR3A (red), 62 TR3B project, 72 TR6, 69 Mk3 Spitfire EU setup
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Voda2000 Andrew McMillan
Winnipeg, MB, Canada   CAN
In reply to # 1590721 by brucejon
In reply to # 1590654 by Voda2000
In reply to # 1590651 by Tonyfixit Please note I changed the link in my last post.

Universal grease must have both NLGI designations CG (wheel bearings) and LB (chassis)

Sorry....Big fingers and not engough coffee :-)


Thanks Tony. That’s what I’ll probably end up picking up.


As a side note has anyone ever tried those bearing packet things? Since I’m going to have the front hubs off I was thinking of repacking the bearings with new grease.

My experience has been most of the bearing packers dont work well on the relatively small wheel bearings in a triumph, and just manually packing it is very fast anyway. Clean out your hub and fill it about 1/4 full of grease as well.

Makes sense. Thanks.



1978 Triumph Spitfire



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2019-01-20 08:15 PM by Voda2000.

Tonyfixit Avatar
Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, BC, Canada   CAN
Like Andrew I have found that bearing packers can make more mess and need more clean up and wasted grease than doing it by hand.

One caution. The lithium grease you say you plan to use is good because it is compatable with whatever grease may have been used in the past.
Some other 'wonder greases' (Shaffers come to mind) may have incompatable chemestry.

https://www.machinerylubrication.com/Read/1865/grease-compatibility

poulsbobill Bill K
Poulsbo, WA, USA   USA
I use a Grease gun with wheel bearing grease.for the:
-steering rack (no more than 5 pumps), really just don't want the bellows swelling
-for the rear wheel bearings (every 12 months ),
-some cars have nipples for the u joints - my 1980 has 1

-trunnions (put 85- 90 wt gl4 in the gun to oil the trunnions)


Bill



1980 Spitfire

Doug in Vegas Avatar
Doug in Vegas Douglas D
Las Vegas, NV, USA   USA
I was using boat wheel bearing grease but it separates after a while.

Auldman Andrew Kelsey
Ramsey, Isle of Man, UK   GBR
There seem to be quite a few general purpose greases available often lithium and/or molybendum disulphide types.I am sure they would be fine for all applications on Triumphs.
Greasing is not just to get grease in,it is to keep water out and flush out any abrasive debris.
Little ,often and regular is probably more important than small print spec. or brandnames.

As an example, last week I was looking at some bearings in a vehicle ( not aTriumph) that is known to have been greased and generally maintained at frequent intervals by “the book”, but probably with some pretty basic general purpose lubricants and grease for much of its life .The bearings though original, looked hardly worn at all.They were “Aeolus” bearings made by the Bown company in Birmingham -in 1900!

Doug in Vegas Avatar
Doug in Vegas Douglas D
Las Vegas, NV, USA   USA
In reply to # 1590721 by brucejon
In reply to # 1590654 by Voda2000
In reply to # 1590651 by Tonyfixit Please note I changed the link in my last post.

Universal grease must have both NLGI designations CG (wheel bearings) and LB (chassis)

Sorry....Big fingers and not engough coffee :-)


Thanks Tony. That’s what I’ll probably end up picking up.


As a side note has anyone ever tried those bearing packet things? Since I’m going to have the front hubs off I was thinking of repacking the bearings with new grease.

My experience has been most of the bearing packers dont work well on the relatively small wheel bearings in a triumph, and just manually packing it is very fast anyway. Clean out your hub and fill it about 1/4 full of grease as well.

Old school is heat the grease with a torch in a coffee can until liquid and drop in the bearing. The air spaces will bubble out under the heat and as it cools those areas will suck the grease in.

Put the can in the snow if you're in a hurry.

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Herald948 Andrew Mace
East Nassau, upstate NY, USA   USA
In reply to # 1590714 by spitfire50 ...Haynes gives 25,000 miles and doesn't differentiate between marks. Do they really know better than Triumph did?
Ask silly, rhetorical questions much, Paul? grinning smiley



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Jediscuba Avatar
Jediscuba Steven Spandorf
Southampton, NY, USA   USA
1963 Triumph Spitfire "Pussycat"
1970 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "PussyCat The 4th"
1972 Triumph GT6
1980 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Pussy Cat"
I like that Doug,

That's a great idea, though I don't know if I'd use a torch.
With my luck, I'd hit the kindling/flash point as I passed over the vapors.
How about putting a small amount in a cleaned soup can and heating it
from below with an electric hot plate using a candy thermometer.
Lithium base bearing grease should liquefy somewhere between 350 and 400F

Watch out for splashes and spills and use safety glasses.
Those temperatures could easily cause 3rd degree burns

Somewhere, my 5th grade science teacher is smiling.

Steve



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2019-01-21 12:13 PM by Jediscuba.

brucejon Avatar
brucejon Gold Member Bruce Jones
Santa Cruz, CA, USA   USA
1960 Triumph TR3A
1963 Triumph TR3B "Tupperware TR3"
1969 Triumph Spitfire MkIII
1972 Triumph TR6
Microwave for 2 minutes? <grin>



60 TR3A (red), 62 TR3B project, 72 TR6, 69 Mk3 Spitfire EU setup
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Jediscuba Avatar
Jediscuba Steven Spandorf
Southampton, NY, USA   USA
1963 Triumph Spitfire "Pussycat"
1970 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "PussyCat The 4th"
1972 Triumph GT6
1980 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Pussy Cat"
Bruce ....
I know you were giggling when you said Microwave it .... but that could really be dangerous.
The grease is an organic compound. As such, I think, it will warm and warm and almost instantaneously erupt.

Honey .... I think I just blew up your new microwave

Doug in Vegas Avatar
Doug in Vegas Douglas D
Las Vegas, NV, USA   USA
I used to just clamp the can in a vice and prop the flame under it.

Stir with a stick.

spits Avatar
spits paul krause
Sunnyandhot, FL, USA   USA
1968 Triumph Spitfire MkIII
1969 Triumph Spitfire MkIII "Rusty; Gone But Not Forgotten!"
1969 Triumph Spitfire MkIII
Haha. Mine would watch for who laughed when the job case hit the floor. Whoever laughed got to help!

In reply to # 1590679 by Jediscuba Jim,
I think I had the same printing class teacher ... LOL
Mr Honig .... OH, the hours I spent putting away pied let type after a run on the platen press.
His other pet peeve was the way kids would squeeze the tubes of ink.

Man, we're OLD

Steve
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In reply to # 1590643 by Manistee I had a teacher in printing class. When we were going to use a printing press we had to oil it. He would always tell us, " Oil can in one hand, rag in the other"



Best,

Paul

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