[Healeys] king pin inspection

Michael Salter michaelsalter at gmail.com
Fri Dec 11 09:51:31 MST 2015

Agreed Ken,
But, regarding the bottom bush, originally the front suspension was
designed to be lubricated using an "oil gun" so filling the cavity with oil
would probably work well if the seal on the bottom of the king pin was in
good condition.
I recall reading a "Memorandum to Dealers" emphasizing the importance of
using an oil gun and not a grease gun for lubricating Austin cars and it is
my bet that it is the lower king pin bush that they were so concerned about.

Michael S
BN1 #174
With grease in the king pins...

On Fri, Dec 11, 2015 at 11:37 AM, <goldengt at cal.net> wrote:

> 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.
> Ken
> 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 <healeys at autox.team.net>
> 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

*If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.*
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