Evening Pink MG,
I received my ?German Manufactured? ball joints today and hopefully will start tearing the front axle back apart by Thursday.
I used black electrical tape to hold the leaves together as I inserted them. You could see all the leaves held together when the center pinch bolt was removed. I suspect I may have the leaves not straight inside the square opening of the center adjuster.
Here cruising weather is almost year around. In the winter with the top down just put on a reasonable heavy coat, gloves and a toboggan cap and you are ready to go.
There is a North Texas Volkswagen Club that meets once a month about five miles from me. I wonder if it would be to my advantage to join them?