Good weekends work, nice bit of sun for a change, warmer too. First job was test the steering. Having got the wheels off the other week, we found the steering really hard to turn. Granted we were pushing it round with only the stub axles, but with no weight on it, it should have moved easier.
Worst case scenario, one of the king pins has seized, or a ball joint has failed badly. On the good side, could just be it is just where it hasn't been used for so long and needs some fresh grease and a bit of practice.
Going with the needs greasing theory first, as it's cheaper and less aggro than sorting a seized king pin, I dug out the grease gun from the back of the shed. As it happens it is a monster that I acquired from a re-distribution of military stores way back in the day (that means I stole it off the Army). Hand operated, but has some awesome pumping power, ideal for force feeding grease into a tight king pin.
Fitting the steering wheel seemed a good idea, to help turn things
Looks so much better than the original one
Half an hour of left to right hand lock, and pumping new grease into king pins and joints, and it started to free up. Took best part of an hour altogether, working the steering back and forth, more grease, more steering and more grease, but it has freed up nicely. So that's a result, there's no lift or rock in the pins either, so good to go.
Spent the rest of Saturday fitting and adjusting the blast skirt. Still can't get it quite right. Near side is quite good but the off side, which was so badly corroded, I had to copy the near side and try to reverse the dimensions, isn't working. What looks straight doesn't fit and what does fit looks totally p*ss*d. Something's not right, but we'll get there. No point in photographing it til I get it sorted.
Nevermind, back to the home workshop, and re-conditioning the brake parts. We have a hot water parts washer at work which is brilliant at cleaning old Militant bits,gets the muck off and most of the old paint too. Shoes first, plenty of lining on them, so just clean up and fresh paint.
Hubs take a bit more effort, remove bearings, they'll get fresh grease in due course, clean off rust and paint.
Bonda primer first
Back plates cleaned up well in the dish washer, hardest job was getting the adjuster bolts out to strip the thing down
Last job, a fresh coat of DBG all round
And we are all ready to fit back on next weekend.
Not a bad bit of progress. Packed everything up, stood back and admired the work, took more photos, went to put the wifes car back inside and promptly ran over the end of the near side of blast skirt
So much for a good weekends progress, not quite the finish I was intending, hopefully I can straighten it out