I’ve finished scrubbing and before I start painting, I wanted to take some time to dis-assemble the major components I pulled off so I could start sending them out or exchanging the key parts for already rebuilt ones. RockAuto, conveniently, stocks ready-to-ship steering components on an exchange basis. But that you can get them won’t save you from the fact that you have to pull the old stuff off first! It took a ton of banging, twisting, prying, spraying penetrating oil, and cursing like a sailor before I was able to separate the control valve and cross link assembly from the idler arm, power cylinder, and pitman arm. Naturally the ball stud pulled right out of the control valve…while still remaining firmly attached to the linkage, making it even more difficult to separate everything.
The rear end is another story entirely. I’ve gotta pull the third member (the removable differential carrier) from the housing and then send each to a different specialist. The differential carrier will go to South Bay Truck & 4×4 for both a rebuild and ratio change, while the rear-end housing will head to the chemical strippers for a good de-rusting and cleaning. I’ll still have to paint the housing when it comes back, but once I put everything back together, this will be the first shiny new bit that’ll be ready to go back on the car!