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Old 07-10-2018, 04:20 PM
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51 F 1 Pittman Arm

I am finally getting around to greasing my chassis in preparation for a "frame" ride. We are not too far from firing this truck up after at least 29 years. I replaced the pittman arm and drag link and put new boots on both ends of the drag link. The steering arm end has a grease fitting, but the other end, at the pittman arm does not. Is there supposed to be grease fittings at both ends? Only seems logical that there would be, but it is not drilled or tapped for a fitting. Here's hoping that I don't have to take it all apart again..
 
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Mine has fittings at each end. Could yours be drilled all the way thru, so one fitting does both ends? If you pull up the seals you can tell if they are both getting grease.
 
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My 49 has fittings at both ends also, got to be a hole there for a fitting..... did you clean the drag link real good before you installed new parts? easy to miss that little hole if the fitting is missing & It's full of old grease, dirt, paint.
 
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:49 AM
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I will look again. The Pittman arm is new, but it is difficult to see in that area. I will get it up on jack stands so that I can see straight up. thanks for the replys guys.
 
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Mine are both in more or less a straight line, aimed a little to the outside off bottom center, and right where the drag link expands to the larger diameter.
 
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I found it! I will post my stupidity here so that all may see and somebody may profit from my goof.

The dust boots that cover both ends of the drag link have a correct (and MY way) of installation. The hole is actually off center so that it has a long end and a short end. I had mine installed backwards and once I pivoted it 180 degrees the tap hole for the zerk fitting was obvious. Problem solved. Thanks guys for your thoughts and input.
 
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