That K-Member was nassssty!
Nothing some Engine Degreaser,scrub brushes, and putty knife couldn't handle though..
After removing the K-Member, I noticed the bushings and ball joints in the lower control arms are bad..
Strut Rod Bushings are also deteriorated from years of fluids dripping on them..
The Motor Mounts were fully compressed..
The Tie Rod Ends were shot with ripped boots on both sides..
There was a broken Inner Tie Rod on the Passenger Side..
The Sway Bar End Links were both ripped..
I didn't notice any unusual wear on the Rag Joint..
With the K-Member out of the way, I noticed the Harmonic Balancer has failed..
It's pushed all the way against the Crank Pulley with the rubber protruding out of it..
While I was down there, I removed the Oil Pan to change the gasket..
Someone replaced the Oil Pan Gasket with cork at some point..
I replaced that with the Ford steel reinforced reusable rubber gasket..
Also noticed the Timing Cover has been off at some point as well..
Another thing I noticed with the K-Member out of the way was..
The bolts holding the Motor Mount (top hat) on were very loose, on the Driver Side..
I removed the bolts on both sides, and added some Blue
Loctite to them
I replaced all of the components in the Power Steering System with new..
Return Line Elbow
High Pressure Elbow
High Pressure Line
Power Steering Pump
Rack & Pinion
Aluminum Rack & Pinion Bushings
I received a Rack & Pinion from Rack Doctor about a month ago..
After inspecting it a little closer I realized he put used Inner Tie Rods on it..
So, just don't assume you're getting new Inner Tie Rods when you order a Rack & Pinion from Rack Doctor..
I removed the used Inner Tie Rods..Then I picked up some brand new ones from the Ford dealership, and installed those myself..
The old used Inner Tie Rods were very stiff and rusty..The new Inner Tie Rods are, well
new and articulate well..
I had the chance to do a couple extra mods while I had the K-Member out:
I replaced the stock Rag Joint with a Stainless Steel U-Joint set-up
I replaced the worn Motor Mounts with some custom Motor Mounts I made (more on them later)
I replaced the front Brake Pads & Balanced the Front Wheels
I replaced my factory front Sway Bar with the Addco 1-1/4" piece, along with Energy Suspension Mounts
I want to replace the Lower Control Arms, and Strut Rod Bushings..
The harmonic balancer is more urgent though, so that will be getting replaced almost immediately..
I planned on doing some upgrades to the Front Suspension & Braking System anyways..
So, I'll replace the Lower Control Arms, and Strut Rod Bushings at the same time..
My "to do" list on the car is getting shorter!!