Well, been fighting a sinus infection but with the hep of the wife and son we got the auger out and took it to the big garage to work on it. Heated it up and straightened the vane on the auger and re welded it to to the auger. Cleaned the shaft for the bearings and go it ready to go. Going to repaint the auger the Jake off red to make up for the heated spots. The bearings are " Gritty " when I turn them. There is no place to grease them, and it really is not made to separate to grease the ball bearings. I plan on drilling the rivets out ( three each bearing) and cleaning and re greasing them and putting them back together with steel rivets. I'm thinking they will work. Next is to put it back together and try it out. i am waiting for a friend to get back with me on an block of nylon to make a extra chain tensioner. Here are a few pics. Thanks Roger
bearing from the drive side. Back side view
Same bearing front (outside) view
Welded (tacked) at the end. Not a great weld but good enough.