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Discuss the Austin Healey Sprite and the MG Midget. Two different but similar cars sometimes referred to collectively as the Spridget.

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    Steering Rack

    I am rebuilding the steering rack on my 1959 Bugeye. The inner balljoints do not have grease nipples. Do you have to grease them before you assemble? I don't see how the single grease nipple on the rack is
    getting grease into these ball joints.

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    Re: Steering Rack

    I've also used grease in the past. I have grease in it now but like the idea of corn head grease. is mixing the 2 a problem?

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    Re: Steering Rack

    I am not so sure that grease grease is the answer or what was used initially. Although I expect it was very heavy oil. Miss Agatha had corn head grease which seemed to work well and what I would use in the future.
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    Yep, corn head
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    Re: Steering Rack

    Another vote for corn head grease!
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    Re: Steering Rack

    Bought a new Grease gun at HF, added corn head grease. no more leaking rack. Of course I have the tip of the grease gun permanently attached to the rack fitting. Went on once and now cannot remove it. Had other things to worry about that have taken priority. On my Roundtoit List.
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    Re: Steering Rack

    Ha, bigger hammer.
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    Re: Steering Rack

    Thanks guys. Yes, I have since purchased corn head grease

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    Re: Steering Rack

    Corn Head Grease - obviously coming from corn - what does the rest of the world call it?

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    Re: Steering Rack

    ok, that's what it is called, wait for it..........

    You can get it from any farm supply store.

    Was developed to lub the corn picker heads on corn pickers. You know the big machines farmers use to pick corn.

    And that's the facts folks. Tractor supply had it where I lived.
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    Re: Steering Rack

    NLGI 00 spec grease ... also used in cotton picking machines and a whole bunch of other harvesting equipment.
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    Re: Steering Rack

    Ah so used in cotton picking corn heads
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