A successful and productive day sorting out a few minor niggles (Sunday 1st May). First the blowing exhaust was sorted out, one of the joins on the left hand down pipe hadn’t completely slid in. Then the return fuel line was re-installed, luckily I had kept it along with the old fuel delivery line, though I had to dig it out from a shelving collapse in the carport. It took a while to wiggle it all in to place which necessitated the prop shaft being dropped down again, the hand brake cable being detached and trim off the rusted and damaged pipe ends.
After a break, I tackled the steering track rod ends (all four of them) and steering idler. I had been soaking the nuts and threads liberally with WD40 for a few weeks to ease the pain of removal. The split pins were probably the most troublesome bits to remove as they were awkward to reach and didn’t help that one or two disintegrated. Some solid hard hits with my ball joint splitter had them off the car farily quickly. The steering idler was removed much the same way except it was also mounted via a bolted on bracket, so it was easier to remove the bracket then separate the idler from the bracket on the work bench and vice.
It was then on to the track rod arms which had a left and right hand threaded tie rod one at each end. Again working on the bench and with the vice the old units were removed and the new ones put on. I was careful to do one side of the car at a time to save mixing up components. The drivers side were stiff and difficult to loosen off, but a large ring spanner came in useful for the extra leverage. Putting one of the new tie rods was stiff towards the end but all were installed successfully. The original Cragar front wheels were put on and the old wheel nuts dug back out with a couple of the new wrong sized ones put on as a temporary measure, due to running out of nuts. The rear wheels had their nuts replaced with the old original wheel nuts and all is ok.