When I torn down my rear axle assembly, the wishbones had lock washers on the rear nuts making it really difficult to pry out the wishbones. When reinstalling, i found that it was real easy to reinstall the wishbones without the lock washers. i can't see why they wouldn't work as well on the front side if even necessary. Were they used originally?
Lock washers are needed to keep that hex lock nut tight. Remember all going and stopping loads are transferred from the rear axle to the engine, this spot of the chassis is where both front and rear 'Ford Three Point Suspension' designs meet.
Many radius rods are found today with the front threads worn from rubbing as the lock nut got loose.
Steve Jelf just posted an old time 'fix' some one did as the radius rod threads were gone, and a machined bolt was used to replicate the threaded ends.
Follow Ford Service, install the radius rods simultaneously with the radius rods.
That makes sense. I guess i will have to loosen the driveshaft spool bolts.
That worked, everything is together now. Thanks
The other important thing is to make certain the torque tube is square to both sides of the rear end housings.
I mention this reminder for the benefit of others reading this in days and years to come.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2