[Healeys] king pin inspection

Mitch Simmons Dayton21 at comcast.net
Fri Dec 11 15:01:30 MST 2015

I had king pins done a couple years ago.   I assembled them and then tried to greas them.  I could not get grease to flow in one of them so I called the shop that reamed and installed the bushes  he said they would break in.  But   Being the anal person    I took it apart. The grease passage In the king pin was not drilled all the way though...hmmm. You would think a shop would check that  


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> On 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
> 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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