The saga continues...
delay in getting all the parts to me. Good news is, this greeted me on my porch today:
Meanwhile, in the time available to me, I have done some other things.
Marked the upper control arms as P and D to keep things separate, then measured the alignment shims on each side, front and back, to serve as a ball-park reference when putting things back together.
Pulled the upper control arms, and finally decided to do something about the mess. Some old plastic from last year's painting showed why I held on to it all these months:
Here's the plastic doing it's job. Again, this is after already wiping up the mess a couple times. It's no fun laying on your back in grease:
The steering linkage gives you an idea of what I am talking about. The frame pictures just don't do the grime justice:
One shot of part of the engine bay. The underside of the frame is worse than the top (eek!). Yup, grease drips down and collects where gravity directs it.:
Also took the driveline out to replace the pinion seal. The axles bearings will have to wait for now. Took a look at the u-joints to check their condition. Pressed one out, popped the cap, and sure enough, they are history. The bearing surfaces were galled pretty bad. Another step in the right direction.
Another step? This is turning into quite a walk.
If I had more room, I'd pull the front clip to have better access to clean the frame. That's gunna have to be on the list for next year.
On closer inspection, the control arms were in bad shape. So, new ones are on the way. When in doubt---- UPGRADE! The parts that arrived today will need to bolt to the them before they can go on the car. The springs will have to wait until I can replace both front and back. There's some S-shaped arching to the back springs. Fastest stock car in Los Angeles County back 1956, with a 1/4 mile trophy to prove it, eh? Were you doing a few hole shots back then, Dad?
Buy stock in paper towels and de-greaser, cuz I think I'm cornering the market. Back to cleaning.