I found out a long while ago, there is a universally-applicable method for dealing with suspension problems encountered on US-made pick-ups and 4x4s
ditch it and buy a Land Cruiser....
I liked me ole Merc though. 28.8 mph on the highway, power full 4.6 v-8, luxury ride.....Gonna miss the ole beast.
Thanks George. This is the first time I ever lost a ball joint. Blew front tires out on cars and bikes before, but I.... for unknown reasons, had at least some control over stopping them. This incident was completely out of my hands though. I ain't never that lucky with lottery tickets.
Glad the scans made it through to you. Book will go off to you soon. Pa