So, after getting more info about what I'm trying to do from Ross, I now have the spindles removed along with the drag link. The old king pins will basically fall through the old bushings, so they were definitely worn.
I checked the components of the drag link and there is no noticeable wear to the ***** on the steering arm or the spindle arm stud. But the whole drag link does need a good cleaning, just like Ross told me it would.
I think when I lubed the truck I must have missed some of the grease zerks in the steering components, as the grease is all old and I don't see any of my new grease in any part of it.
And now, after seeing the drag link disassembled, I think it may not have been adjusted properly, since the rear plug was not flush with the end as was the front plug. Maybe there was slop in there as a result. I'll definitely check the adjustment when I put it back together.
One last pic of all the dirty stuff before it's off to the machine shop.
Thanks Bobby. I'm on vacation so it's pretty easy to get stuff done on the truck. The shop took the spindles in Friday afternoon, and I picked them up yesterday afternoon. As I said, they did a really nice job.
Started working on it at 7:30 this morning and just got the shop cleaned up a few minutes ago. Besides cleaning all the parts to paint, I had some small ridges to take out of the axle holes so the new pins would fit, but now Betsy's back together. I'm anxious to see if the steering wander is gone. Besides the new king pins, I adjusted the drag link according to the Shop Manual, and it's tighter than the PO had it. There's no wear in it's parts or to the ***** on the spindle arm or steering arm. I greased everything up good, repacked the wheel bearings (which I just did a few weeks ago).
I'm gonna shower and take her out to dinner, so to speak.