Scrape, soak and clean

I find scraping parts is best done this way. Keeps most of the caked on crud off the bench. My favourite tool is an old paring knife. For all the scraping I’ve done it still has a bit of an edge! For curves and corners it works great.

These lower a arms are the worst. I found it is best to remove the zerks before taking out the bushings. For those not familiar, the zerk is a tapered pin that holds the knuckle to the lower pin – see a couple of photos down.

These took the most time. As each part was scrapped I immersed it in the parts washer fluid and left it until the next part was scrapped. The remaining grease came off easily in most cases.

a few of the small parts cleaned up. The Zerks are the two pins at the bottom. The taper is just noticeable on the right one. I cleaned up the pins to compare to the used ones I have. Hopefully it will show that my used parts are OK.

All the scraping and cleaning is done – except for all the nuts, bolts, etc. Next they will go to the sand blaster to clear off any loose rust. I’ll be using Tremclad rust paint for some of the parts and gravel guard for others. I also cleaned up the old king pins to check against my good used units.

In the meantime my order has gone it to Studebaker Intl for some replacement parts and a few other bits of fun stuff.

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