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Old April 1st, 2017, 05:45 AM   #1
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Default Bearings Vintage, I am sure.

Bearings Vintage, I am sure.
So I am in need of vintage advise. I will attempt to accompany pictures in my very 1st post here. I am resurrecting my very worthy old faithfuls. These ole buddies of mine began with Premier Fomacs, so gives a general idea of their age. And then All American Golds. And now Artistic bones. I pulled my old bearings from the American Golds to clean them, these bearings are incredibly quiet and basically sound solid. I have NEVER cleaned bearing and have been watching videos etc. But when I pulled these bearings out they look different from other bearings these days.
Is there any one with knowledge or advise - do I clean these and oil just as I have researched and noted; citrus cleaner shake up, rinse and dry thoroughly and a couple drops of oil, spin to distribute? Or are these different ?? As pictured they have a cast metal covering over the bearings. Is anyone familiar with these and if so, any information?

It says Japan 627Z on it.
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Old April 1st, 2017, 09:46 PM   #2
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Default Cleaning bearings??

You certainly can get by with the described method, however, did you scan the bearing cleaning thread ?? There are probably as many different methods as there are posts.

Those bearings were quite common back in the day. Found them in every level of sk8.... They are much more likely to be unperturbed by any cleaning method commonly used.

Two things to be careful of. Make sure the cages around the balls are not bent and that the shields are not caved in. Those bearing look like they were not intended to come apart with any ease.
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Old April 2nd, 2017, 05:01 AM   #3
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Thank you for your response and yes I have read all the bearing cleaning post.
And thank you for the advice on what to check on them.
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