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Old 08-08-2006, 06:03 PM
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Spindles on straight axle

I've finally painted my Model A body, and am in the process of finishing the frame and chassis before final assembly.
This was a running/driving car that I dissasembled in April to paint and detail.

After my frame was sitting outside for 3 1/2 months, I began taking the steering apart for paint detail. The spindles are VERY hard to turn by hand, with nothing attached to them.

They aren't rusted or in bad shape, but they are stiff!

Question: How easy should they turn?

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Should turn fairly easy IMHO ...
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Have they been greased? They should move very easy.
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WOW Duece, All that chrome is blinding me in my living room!

That's the same set up as mine. They were greased but I may be underestimating the power of the worst four letter word there is R U S T

Maybe some penetrating oil and a full re-grease? Thanks.
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Best thing to do is disassemble everything, clean, grease, and reassemble.
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Thanks Joe, sounds like the best thing to do. What's the best way to remove the spindle? (This is my first straight axle car)
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Thanks Joe, sounds like the best thing to do. What's the best way to remove the spindle? (This is my first straight axle car)
It's cheap insurance to do it the right way. As for taking it apart, just pull the bolt that locks the kingpin in place, and pull out the kingpin. Then it just comes apart.
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Well it it supposed to work by taking out the kingpin retaining bolt and then sliding out the kingpin but then I can tell from sad and sorry experience it may not be the case..sometimes when those have been together for a long time the kingpin gets corroded and stuck in the axle boss and then it is a deal where the axle boss needs to be heated and the kingpin either pressed or driven out..Ran into that deal several times when servicing the kingpins on early fords and ford twin I beam axles..

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After 6 hours, a lot of torch time, 1/2 can of penetraing oil, using a HUGE hammer, two trips to the suply stores, a smashed finger, and a gallon of water in the 105 degree heat, I got em out!

After a good wire brushing and lubing all parts, it as loose as a goose.

Whoever originally put it togther didn't grease them and niether did I. That'll never happen again around here!

Thanks all for the help. It's REALLY nice to have the help!
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