In Reply to: grease front axle pivot ? posted by Acorn Farm, Downeast on December 19, 2017 at 13:19:18:
The front axle center support bushing, p/n 2N-3039, is listed in the Dennis Carpenter with the notation, "...Solid, Without Oil Hole..." -was there ever an oil hole? I would think that they are made of sintered bronze now and are oil impregnated for self lubrication, maybe, I'm speculating. I think the comment about not greasing parts like the ball sockets was by the 8N considered common knowledge. Grease will attract dirt like a magnet to ferrous material. Once sand and dirt get into a ball socket it will just act like an abrasive grinding compound. I would think if Ford Engineers thought the pivot kingpin needed to be lubed often they would have added a Zerk somehow. I've only replaced my Kingpin and bushing once in the 25 years I've had my 8N. On the tractors with a front mount distributor, a sure test of a worn kingpin and bushing is when the axle swings up enough to break/crack the #2 cap nipple. It's your tractor, do what you feel you must, and if adding a lube point on the pivot pin is your concern, then do it. Are you having problems with it now?