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Old 03-06-2008, 03:24 PM   #21
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

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Hi Guys haven't been on in a while we pulled the Willys apart and changed the steering box and I wish I would have read this before.
As I bought the Royal king pin set from Speedway. I'll let you know how that works.

It's got roller bearings instead of bushings. Thanks
Melrose, those "Roller Bearing" - actually "needle bearing" - sets are fairly new and many people haven't studied them enough to realize that they ...

1. Reduce turning effort.

2. DON'T need ANY reaming - the outside bearing races slide into the inside of the spindle boss and the outside race sits on the kingpins.
(the kingpins have a machined "step" to allow the bearings to sit in position)

I installed them on my '41 Ford Truck front end; and I LOVE them!!
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Old 03-11-2008, 04:50 PM   #22
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

Another thing about king pins. They ain't lubed for life!

You should only have to do king pins once as long as you own the car. Give them a shot of grease every 1000 miles and they will last forever. Or sooner if ya like. Grease don't hurt them.

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Old 03-11-2008, 05:07 PM   #23
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

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It all sounds so simple... Where do you go about "finding" a reamer? I have '47 Ford spindles and a set of kingpins from Speedway.
Jay
TRY "KBC TOOLS.COM"

OR "EMCO" in Chicago is a good source as well.....

they all have a huge selection of reamers....what you want is an

"ADJUSTABLE REAMER" in the correct size range....so you can remove minute amounts of material at a time to get just the right fit...
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Old 03-15-2008, 10:51 PM   #24
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

Hey oldspert, Do you know where I can buy replacement bushings for the Ford kingpins? I messed one of mine up by trying to use an adjustable reamer and got the danged thing cocked somehow. don't want to have to buy a whole new kit. Speedway only sells kits. Can you help? Thanks joe r
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Old 03-16-2008, 02:51 AM   #25
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

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Hey oldspert, Do you know where I can buy replacement bushings for the Ford kingpins? I messed one of mine up by trying to use an adjustable reamer and got the danged thing cocked somehow. don't want to have to buy a whole new kit. Speedway only sells kits. Can you help? Thanks joe r
I'm not oldspert but generally industrial bearing suppliers carry a wide variety of different types of bushing.....and I'm only guessing but you maybe got greedy in the depth of cut with the reamer....?????

you gotta take tiny bits off at a time....
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:39 AM   #26
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

I'm pretty sure mac's sell just the bushings, or a kit less the pins.
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:17 PM   #27
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

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Hey oldspert, Do you know where I can buy replacement bushings for the Ford kingpins? I messed one of mine up by trying to use an adjustable reamer and got the danged thing cocked somehow. don't want to have to buy a whole new kit. Speedway only sells kits. Can you help? Thanks joe r
I got my replacements from Antique Auto Supply in Arlington TX. Phone # 817-275-2381. I think Mac's sells individual bushings too.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:43 PM   #28
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

I just received a king pin kit from speedway for 1955 F-100 and the pins are 0.855 what would be the right size reamer to use ? or would it be best to purchest an adjustable one.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:23 PM   #29
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

I put new king pins in my Econoline and I didn't have a reamer. The pin was only about .002 larger than the bushings so I got out my brake cyl hone and the electric drill and honed them to size. It took a while but they sure fit good.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:15 PM   #30
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

Don't ream your bushings, Take them a machine shop that hones wrist pin bushings. Honing the bushings will make a better fit and the bushings will last longer. Reaming tears the metal and leaves high spots. when the ridges wear you get loose king pins.



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Old 09-09-2013, 07:26 PM   #31
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

These guys were in my home town, they make a good pilot-style ream.
If you cut gradually you can achieve a quality finish bore.
http://www.chadwickreamers.com/angle...ure=fractional
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:38 PM   #32
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

Reamers work O.K.,but if you want a precise and long lasting set-up bring your spindles to a machine shop and have them fit the pins with a rod hone.
I've been an auto tech for the USPS for 30+years and when we used to replace king pins in the older postal jeeps we reamed them in shop and they would last a couple of years.A employee at the time was racing dirt modifieds and was having his spindle bushings honed at the local machine shop and swore that they lasted forever.
We tried it on a few Jeeps and it was amazing how much longer a hone fit kingpin/bushing lasted.
Needless to say we stopped using a reamer!
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:46 PM   #33
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

Here are a pair of 32-34 spindles a buddy of mine put new bushings in and honed. We used an NOS 36 king pin kit, honed them slowly, checking the fit often until they were perfect. From removal of the old bushings to the new ones being fit and honed, about 20 minutes total.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:06 PM   #34
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

To those that have just put new pin bushings in; how hard are they to grease?
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:05 PM   #35
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Default Re: TECH: Kingpin & bushing replacement- Ford spindles.

Thanks for the info, seems I have a few ways to look at this . in any case I like all your views.
Thanks agn
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