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I've made my Swivel smooth again

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22 Apr 2019 16:16 - 22 Apr 2019 16:35 #206467 by Scimike
I know it's possible I have wasted my time, but the engineer in me was unable to just put my new swivel seal back onto the rusty swivel during the king pin rebuild. In my mind the rusty surface is just going to allow water in and kill my seal / bearing in double quick time, so I have pondered the best way to improve the swivel surface.
So I have removed the rust treating the surface with rust remover (acid type) and then painted with POR-15 encapsulation paint. Two thin coats to fill the pitting holes, then sanded smooth and finally two more coats. POR -15 not cheap but it's one of the hardest paints I have ever used, predominantly on my motorcycle restorations, so I had a can.

Here is the previous rusty swivel now ready for assembly.



Have I wasted my time? I'll let you know in 12 months, I'll take another picture.
But it's got to be better than rust
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22 Apr 2019 18:29 #206489 by Lambert
I did something similar when I had to replace my front axle. Only i used a jbweld alike product instead of por15. Lasted for like 11 months and then started to flake off. Didn't bother to replace it as the seal is only for keeping the larger nuggets of debris out.

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22 Apr 2019 19:27 #206496 by Riccy
Nice job! I have tried with good old hammerite and it didnt last long at all. I think it was flaking off at assembly stage :angry: :laugh:

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23 Apr 2019 08:40 #206516 by BGBrit
Giving your Jimny a bit of TLC now and again is never a waste of time...

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23 Apr 2019 08:48 #206518 by Lambert
Definitely not. Work hard, maintain hard.


That sounds odd but you know what I mean.

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