Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Gentlemen, thanks for all the info you already posted! Now here is a new mystery: my Burman steering box (European '73 Spider) disgorged bearing balls in two sizes, 22 smaller and 27 larger. The smaller ones go into the upper and lower bearing, there should be 23 (10+13), I think I simply lost one... while the larger ones fit comfortably in the main nut assembly, the 27 large balls fill out the space perfectly.
The box looked to be untouched, gaskets were pretty nice and uniform. I asked a pal who has some experience with these boxes, he said he rebuilt five and all had uniform balls. Who knows, maybe my box is a rarity - or just the victim of a careless PO? :-)
Anyway, I'll try to get new bearings (I was a bit surprised to see no-one recommending to replace them) and see what sized balls they'll offer with them.
'78 Alfetta GTV 2000, '79 Alfetta GTV 2000, '73 Spider S2 Junior 1600, '85 Spider S3 2000