Outside of using the metal shim available from vendors has anyone a favorite method of keeping the grease loss from the ball joint to a minimum? Tinkering Tips suggest making a shim from leather or cutting a shim from a plastic (polyvinyl chloride) ball. I was wondering if anyone else had a remedy to share.
Ralph Zajicek of Z-Head fame made nylatron inserts for both the wishbone and the tie rod ends. Nylatron is a nylon impregnated with molybdenum disulfide.
I like to see the ooze, that way I know there is plenty of grease in there. Can't over grease them in my opinion. KGB
I use plain old chassis grease. Don't have an ooze at all in any of my T's.
The metal shim is to take up wear of the ball joint on the torque tube. You need to try to get that joint firm, too much wiggle is pending trouble and of course grease can work out with loose joint. Plus worn 4th main puts engine oil in the mix and can cause grease to thin and go out the cracks.
Heavy use of lots of grease is best for the U-joint anyway. Ford placed the largest grease cup there for this reason.
I pack the ball joint full of chassis grease before bolting the torque tube and transmission together. Also us a sealed forth main bearing and I still have ooze. I accept the ooze and oil dripping as a way of life if you drive a model T.
Besides having a model T, I have both 1 & 2 cylinder REO's which have total loss oiling system's. By comparison, those who complain about oil dripping or ooze with a model T should be happy. If it is not dripping oil or grease....Your in trouble!