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  • Front Axle / Front Suspension: King pin bearing replacement advice.

    I am looking at replacing the upper suspension pins on my 57 silver hawk project. One of the king pin bearings (196859) seems to have a bad spot, am looking at replacing it when I replace the pins. After the pins are out can I Remove the king pin by taking off the lower nut and cotter key, then using a lead mallet strike the lower end of the king pin? Is there anything I need to be aware of for this? other than using a spreader for the upper pin removal. Thanks for any advice you can share.

  • #2
    YES! Beware of the SPRINGS!
    You have to have them compressed with a Spring Compressor or have the Frame Chained to a Floor "D" Ring to slowly lower the Lower Control arm and raise it back up without killing yourself to disassemble the King Pin.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      I just rented (borrowed) a spring compressor for front spring change @ AutoZone. No charge. No chance of injury. ......

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      • #4
        Thanks, I have the springs, A arms and king pins out of the car, they are sitting on my work bench and ready to take the upper pins out. The Auto Zone spring compressor worked much better than the jack and chain method! I would like to also replace one of the thrust bearings, the big one that can be seen from the outside. Can I merely remove the lower castle nut and "pound" the king pin upward to get the old bearing off and put in the replacement? Any advice is appreciated.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Olivergarage1 View Post
          /Cut/Can I merely remove the lower castle nut and "pound" the king pin upward to get the old bearing off and put in the replacement? Any advice is appreciated.
          Yes, BUT the 1204-70 Tapered KEYS, 510141, MUST be removed First, then just Tap the Lower Supports Picture # 1204-64 Part Numbers: 533764 & 765 down and off to do less damage.

          THAT is the point of disassembly, where you decide whether or not to replace ALL of the King Pin Repair Kit Parts and OR the King Pins!
          Last edited by StudeRich; 05-30-2021, 02:43 PM.
          StudeRich
          Second Generation Stude Driver,
          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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          • #6
            Might wanna buy a Shop Manual, as it makes the job much easier, and reduces likelihood of injury or parts' damage.

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            • #7
              I recently acquired a shop manual and both chassis and body parts books. I now have simulated x-ray vision, am able to see into hidden places, and discern the secret workings that are veiled to mere mortals. I am now a Studebaker god.. Like Joe said, buy the books.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Rafe Hollister View Post
                I recently acquired a shop manual and both chassis and body parts books. I now have simulated x-ray vision, am able to see into hidden places, and discern the secret workings that are veiled to mere mortals. I am now a Studebaker god.. Like Joe said, buy the books.
                Hahaha! Good on you Rafe, soon you will be the one giving all advice!
                Ron Dame
                '63 Champ

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                • #9
                  I actually gave my 1st advice to a guy asking about window regulators. Tho I am new to cars in general and Studebaker in particular, I am a know-it-all in several other subjects (motorcycles, guitars, theology, carpentry). 'Know-it-alls' are usually a pain in the butt with their personalities and condescension and verbosity... thats the beauty of these forums. We get all the knowledge of the 'KIAs' without having to put up with the actual people! And the 'KIAs' get to dispense their wisdom and knowledge to eager appreciative ears. Its a modern day miracle, win win for both!

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                  • #10
                    Thanks, I have the books, got it off yesterday. Thanks to all for their help.

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