MGB King Pin Replacement
July 13, 2003 - Wilmette, IL
When Steve Boswick was tired of his MGB wandering about in strange directions it was time for a fix.. At our swap meet he had found virtually a complete front suspension with rebuilt king pin assemblies, rebuilt shock absorbers, new springs, spring pans, a-arm side brackets, inner pivot shafts, and BGT-V8 pivot bushings. He also picked up a new set of rebound buffers and new wheel bearings, so it was basically a job to replace everything that moves in the front end, except to use the original sway bar, brake rotors and calipers.
For much of the day Steve Boswic was working on the left side while Jim Dade was doing similar work on the right side. When it became obvious that the sway bar end links did not want to part from the spring pans, it was decided to order new links and skip the fuss. Bob Brownlow had a personal challenge going on the side to disassemble the a-arms and try to remove the sway bar links, but it was finally given up as a lost cause. Barney Gaylord kept making excuses about taking pictures to avoid having to do the grunt work (fat chance).
Reassembly was fairly straightforward and generally uneventful. Life is easy with all new parts. One oversight left us with no spare shims for the wheel bearings, but we managed to scrounge enough shims from both sides to reassemble the hub on the left side. A Sunday afternoon phone call found the links and shims in stock at Just Brits in Hinsdale. Jolly good service there. Morning parts pickup allowed the rest of the job to be finished before lunch on Monday. No serious problems here, just the extra parts run and the fact that the victory photo had to wait for the next day.
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