Trying to widen the front end of my '65 4020. Have be able to pull out the axle, but cannot get the tie rod to lengthen. It looks like there are 3 pieces, the outer main one that goes from end to end, a middle "pipe" and the smaller "pipe" that holds the actual moveable tie rod end.
I can get the smallest "pipe" to move about a 1/4", but cannot get the middle "pipe" to budge. Do the "pipes" just pull apart? Do they need to be twisted or how should I move them? Soaked them with PB blaster overnight hoping just seized from rust.
Second question is I'm widening each side one bolt hole or about 2-3 inches. Do I move both the middle and smallest "pipe" on the tie rod equal distances, or does all the adjustment come from the smallest or the middle "pipe" on the tie rod. Obviously the bolt holes need to line up to re-install.
Final question is are the rubber dust covers available separately from the tie rod ends? Mine are worn out, but the ball sockets look and fee good.