[Healeys] king pin inspection

goldengt at cal.net goldengt at cal.net
Fri Dec 11 09:37:45 MST 2015

Thanks. I see that both bushes are indeed installed upside down. No wonder its been hard to steer for years. 
I understand the logic on the bottom bush, but I wouldn't think it very effective. 
65 BJ8 

From: "Michael" <michael.salter at gmail.com> 
To: goldengt at cal.net, "healeys" <healeys at autox.team.net> 
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 2:07:30 PM 
Subject: RE: [Healeys] king pin inspection 

Hi Ken, 
If you cannot feel any play in the bushes without lubricant...i.e. dry... They will be quite satisfactory. 
In my experience correct installation of the bushes is even more important than the absolute best fit. 
The top bush must be installed so that the grease ways are open at the top so that the thrust washers are lubricated and obviously the hole in the bush must line up with the grease nipple. 
The bottom bush should also be installed with the grease ways open at the top so that any excess lubricant accumulates in the gap above the bush and continues to provide lubrication over time through the influence of gravity. Again obviously the hole in the bush must line up with the grease nipple. 
You would not believe the number of incorrectly installed bushes I have come across. 

Michael S 
BN1 #174 

From: goldengt at cal.net 
Sent: ‎9/‎12/‎2015 4:35 p.m. 
To: healeys 
Subject: [Healeys] king pin inspection 

After the king pins are reamed, how can one inspect that a good job has been done. I think I can reverse the king pin, insert it into the upper bushing and try to rock it, but what about the lower bushing? 
If I was at my old job, I would have to use a granite surface plate and a dial indicator and probably still have to make a fake pin. 
Ken Freese 
65 BJ8 

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