The 15th International Portafold & Ansfold Gathering) (i.e. 2024)

Our annual gathering will be returning to the Newbury Retrofestival.

So put the dates 9th, 10th & 11th of August 2024 in your diary now and get those dates booked off work early.

Show Address: Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG18 9QZ

Don't book direct with the show organisers it will cost you more money, just contact me (07771544419) to get your pitch saved.

Lockhead wheel grease seals

Any questions about maintenance or the restoration of your Portafold or Ansfold.
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Lockhead wheel grease seals

Post by Admin » Wed, 07 May 2008, 11:05 pm

A question from Mr I Bentley of Sale, Cheshire:

Does anyone know where to get some Lockhead wheel bearing grease seals?

Any part numbers or suppliers details would be very useful.
Wanted: Any original Portafold, Ansfold or Mini-Motel brochures, adverts or magazine articles.
Also, any chassis numbers for the above caravans!

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Wheelbearing grease seals

Post by txfsealord » Thu, 08 May 2008, 9:25 pm

Rubery Owen, the Port/Ans axle makers, used these odd-looking seals for improved water-resistance, as these axles were also used on boat-launching trailers. For our use, conventional seals will be OK if correct dimensionally. You should measure the diameter of the hub bore, the available depth of the bore both to the bearing's outer race edge & also the depth from the bore end to the inner race face. Finally of course you need the diameter of the shoulder or collar on the stub axle. You must make certain that the chosen seal doesn't foul the bearing's inner race when assembled on the stub axle, as this may prevent the bearing seating against the axle collar. This could cause the hub to work loose when running. If in doubt, seek advice from a trailer specialist.

A specialist bearing supplier should be able to sort out a suitable seal given these measurements. Ideally, you would take the hub to the supplier & let them measure the depths for you. In West Sussex, I use Redhill Bearings in Handcross, 01444-400900, but Yellow Pages should find one in other areas.

Hope this is helpful,

Steve Lord

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