If you remember from my last post on this subject, I was confused about some measurements that workshop manual called out. Because I really didn't understand how the measurements were working, I pulled the whole thing back apart to measure on the rack itself. In support of this and for measuring some "before" body points to make sure I keep her as square as possible when I tear into those repairs, I bought myself a Singer Pro Series Retractable Pocket Tape Measure 96". This is like my Harbor Freight Professional Series angle grinder...because, you know, I'm a professional. Oh, and it's pink.
|Measuring between the inner faces of the lock nuts.|
"1. Screw the locknut (33) on to the end of the rack (32) so that its position corresponds with dimensions 3 + 4 + 5 + 3 on Fig. 1, i.e., 24.40" (619.76 mm.) between inner locknut faces.
2. Insert the spring (36) into the end of the rack and screw the ball joint assembly as far as possible up to the locknut (33)."
I read this to mean that the ball joint assembly should reach the locknut before it bottoms out. My favorite forum was in agreement. Obviously, doing the math, that just isn't enough extra mm's to let this work. So, I set the spacing between the inner locknut faces at about 625 mm and went from there.
I put it all back together, including the new tie rod ends while observing their measurement settings and without all of the confusion.
|Tie rod end attached. I used teflon tape, like for water pipes, to mark the approximate measurement position, though this turned out to be unnecessary.|
I then put the boot on, positioned the rack assembly on the workbench so I could push on it, and pushed and pulled the boot up the plastic and over the nuts. Damn if it didn't work!
|Not the best picture, but you can see the opening flaring up over the plastic bottle which is covering the nuts.|
|Rubber boot end covering the nuts. I left it this way to let it stretch out a bit.|
|Looks just like the last picture in my previous post, but this thing is actually done this time (the u-bolts were attached after this picture, so I guess not done-done).|
|Curly-cue attachment u-bolts from the '66 (Dorothy). The '64, and the workshop manual, just show standard u-bolts.|