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How does grease get to the ball 'cup' on the spring side?
Excellent question, I had the exact same thought. I even considered installing a grease zerk on the back side of each ball joint carrier so grease could be injected on the opposite side of the original zerk. This would have also required drilling a hole in the cone shaped insert which the spring sits in. I was not sure that even with these additions that grease would get to the bearing surface, it could just squeeze around the edge and out the opening. After finding the Dodge manual which has this steering ram assembly (see post a few back), and after seeing that the condition of the poorly maintained ball joint was still in very good condition, I decided to reassemble back the way it came originally. When I install the unit I will grease all sides very well. Probably something that should be taken apart routinely, inspected and regreased anyway (assuming I am not to lazy). Inspection is probably in order since two of the three springs (one was missing) were broken in half.
Thank you, I will take a look. Have a couple other promising leads I am working also. By the end of the day (month(s)) I will have a fuel pump.G Moose,
During part of my time in the USAF I was stationed in Southern Arizona. Being from Northern New England I was amazed at the number of rust free vehicles, and when I went to salvage yards things didn't really deteriorate (other than from sun exposure). There were a number of places that specialized in old(er) vehicles, some of which were brand-specific.
I don't know if you've looked at any of these, but this is where I would start:
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