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  1. I was lucky, no pitting, so it all went back with new bearings. Installing the bearings wasn't an easy task, packing the top balls with grease to hold them in place while assembling the lower et. al.... balls everywhere, but finally it all went together. I only stripped it to replace the steering arm O-ring, excessive oil leakage. Yes, I know, I could have simply used the grease that other folk also put into their swivels, but I decided otherwise. Apart from the bearing replacement, main agro was removal of the steering arm. I bought a new one, using an angle grinder to remove the old one.
  2. Thanks for the pointers. I've spoken to Jones (they do appear somewhat informed), next up a chat with Sanderson and decision will be made... I used to be indecisive but now I'm not sure. As with a response above, my preference is for the cart horse leaf spring technology. I personally believe, and this has been suggested, that parabolic springs may not have the desired lateral stiffness in my application (it's a military device, with extended hangers). Certainly, the ride with the Transit (on factory 'parabolic' springs) sees a bit of sideways action when loaded.
  3. OK, so, the X-hundred pound question. Yes, I have performed a search, but (probably my incompetence) I can find few 'recent' references to the state of the leaf spring supply. Thing is, I need to sort out the springs, I'm hoping the 2000's dubious spring offerings are now a thing of the past. Last set of rears I bought, those on the 109 at the moment, were the genuine 535173's (1800-4200 lb) (1-Ton) ex-Dunsfold. These I fitted to cope with the 'emergency' towing/lugging that the 109 may have had to do (reliance on an old Transit), this task is no longer required. The 109 is now running around bare, the suspension is rigid, solid, I can't cope. Front has an interesting mix of springs, the gauge on the leaves is heavier on the right, lesser on the left. Car leans heavily to the left (they all do that sir), with me, with fuel and without. Avoiding any reference to suppliers then, are the 'British Made' springs offered by the box shifters any good these days? Would you still fit 'handed' springs to this 109, or consider a balanced set. Up front is a Mazda 3.0HA (aka 4.182), not too different weight wise from the 2.6 that was once there. The battery is above the front RH chassis rail as usual, I'm on the right too. Fuel is on the left only (under the LH seat). There's nothing in the rear that's out of balance. Spring offerings are the RH 279678, LH 279679 for the rear (1500-3570 lb , 1450-2500 lb) and LH 264563, 265627 and RH 276034. A digression perhaps, but the main question remains the quality of the more recent springs. Are they any good?
  4. I'd also be looking at fuelling too, easy to get obsessed with something, overlooking the actual issue. I had the Aldon hall-effect trigger assembly, which I assume is similar to the one you've fitted. Testing that will be difficult, but check that the sensor/magnet assembly is accurately positioned. You could always swap that out with a set of points to check, with the advantage that you can then open and close the points to check the coil, etc. Given that a lump of tank rust, or ethanol-induced corrosion may be compromising the float/seat action, I'd be looking at the carb. closely.
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