Front suspension rebuild (drum to drum)

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Front suspension rebuild (drum to drum)

Post  Slow Steve on Tue 19 Apr - 23:57

I don't know if you would call this a project, but I wanted to post it up if anybody is interested. I picked up a beam (drum to drum) a little while ago and wanted to rebuild the spindles. The front end was sitting on the drums so needless to say the spindles were frozen, shoes were stuck to the drums and so on. I finally got everything separated. You know those threads that everything comes apart easily? Well this wasn't one of them. These have fought me every step of the way. I got the link pin bushings out no problem, but the king pin was a whole different story. I hammered them and hammered them and they didn't give. So I ended up taking them to a local machine shop to get them pressed out. I was watching and it was tough even with a press. I could have hammered on these pins for days and they probably would not have come out. So anyway I finally disassembled the spindles today. Don't hate on my pro bench (1/2 inch plywood on top of a grill stand Cool )




So check out the wear on the link pin bushings, they should be round but have been worn oval. If you counted only three when there should be 4.. your right. I still haven't found the 4th after it shot out of the carriers Laughing



Here's a shot with the link pins in to see how they "should" look. Notice the tight fit.



And here's how it fits with the worn out bushing (a lot of play that would translate to poor handling) :



But that's where I stopped today. The zerks and all bushings are out and the spindles are ready to be cleaned up and painted. I will post pics up when I get a little more done and bushings in.

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Re: Front suspension rebuild (drum to drum)

Post  Slow Steve on Wed 20 Apr - 10:08

Alright, I decided to do the whole front suspension (drum to drum) why stop with the spindles? I'll keep you guys posted with progress. Should handle like new when done. I'm going to keep it all stock for my 63.


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Post  Slow Steve on Thu 21 Apr - 20:26

So got a little done on the spindles. I found a local set of German king pin set so I picked them up, installed them. Just so happened he had a reamer handy so I installed bushings and reamed. Here's pics. I'm waiting on a set of German link pins. I will post up pics as I go.

Ready to go together (again, don't hate on my top of the line work bench Cool ):



Here they are assembled:



My son that helped goofing around:



Next up:


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Re: Front suspension rebuild (drum to drum)

Post  leaker on Fri 22 Apr - 9:12

From junk to jewel,looking good!
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Post  Slow Steve on Fri 22 Apr - 16:22

leaker wrote:From junk to jewel,looking good!

Thanks! I seem to pick up the stuff nobody would touch. As Smitty would say "Steve, your turning chicken $h!t into chicken salad" Laughing

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Re: Front suspension rebuild (drum to drum)

Post  Copper1982 on Sun 24 Apr - 22:31

looks good, gonna keep the bus stock heighth??
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Re: Front suspension rebuild (drum to drum)

Post  Slow Steve on Mon 25 Apr - 23:59

Copper1982 wrote:looks good, gonna keep the bus stock heighth??

Thanks! I haven't decided on the height of the bus yet. This is just a beam I had laying around that I wanted to get back into shape. I might throw it on my 63 bug when done. I plan on taking the body off and see what I come up with. More progress on the beam tomorrow. I should have it cleaned up and painted while waiting on some parts.


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Re: Front suspension rebuild (drum to drum)

Post  Slow Steve on Wed 27 Apr - 20:21

Here's what I got done today. All cleaned up and painted. Beam grease is nasty. but anyways check it.

Before:



After, not too shaby:



Never get tired of seeing that

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