REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Only 1949-65 models are equipped with king pins. 1966-69 models are equipped with ball joints.
- Loosen the front wheel lug nuts and brake drum center nut while the vehicle rests on the ground.
- Apply the parking brake, block the rear wheels, then raise and safely support the front of the vehicle on jackstands.
- Remove the front wheel.
- Remove the brake drum and brake components, including the backing plate.
- Remove the two pinch bolts and nuts from the steering knuckle, then remove the two mounting pins. Drive the pin bushings out of their bosses with a hammer and drift.
If the pins are damaged while removing them, they must be replaced with new ones.
- Remove the steering knuckle from the two torsion bar ends.
- Position the steering knuckle in a padded vise and drive the king pin out of its boss.
- Separate the spindle from the knuckle.
- Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. When installing the knuckle-to-torsion bar pin bushings, make certain that the grease holes in the pin bushings are aligned with the grease fittings in the knuckle housing.