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Re: My WM20 1943 Build

A slight change of direction, in an attempt to make more space in the workshop I thought I'd make another attempt at resolving my wheel hub problems .
Rear wheel first.

The first problem of the expensive wheel bearings has been solved for everyone.

I now have the correct size brake drum felt 15-7059. 15-7048 remains a problem with all the versions I have purchased being wrong. Fortunately I had a used good one. Remember it's only on the front hub that the felt goes inside the oil retaining cap.

My pan head screws 24-7065 are a little long, so I'll source some better ones.

Please excuse the paint, I will deal with that later. Having all the parts laid out makes it so much easier to assemble.

Front wheel next.


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Re: My WM20 1943 Build

Well done Mark !

Thank you for sharing your progress report with us all.

Keep up the good work !

It will be worth all the blood sweat and tears … I promise 😊

Look forward to some further updates.

Kind regards,


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Re: My WM20 1943 Build

Thanks for your kind words Mark.

Sunday was dry, so no playing with bikes. Bricklaying took priority :(

The front wheel was not much better than the rear, many NOS parts not really fit for purpose and again no felt washers the correct size.
My front hub was the first victim of my modified taper roller bearings. Typical the housing was over size and the outer ring was loose. Fortunately I was able to make an oversize one to take up the slack.
Everything bolted together in the end with the only horror being the outer wheel nuts. Aftermarket ones. Looking good, but not fitting.
I guess I'll make some that fit.

I can't see the brake plates causing trouble, but time will tell. I'll ask my man about bonding the lining on, as if he can it will give a better brake.


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