I decided to strip down my steering rack since I discovered a bit of play at the long end (where there is a bush inside the tube)
I ordered a new bush (C15210) which arrived today and so I started dismantling.
What I’ve found is a bit of a puzzle, as it doesn’t match the drawings in my workshop manual.
Firstly, at the pinion end, there is no grease nipple and the cover is an oval plate held down with 2 bolts, rather than a circular plate held in with a circlip.
Secondly, and more worryingly, at the long end instead of a pressed in bush there is something completely different - what appears to be a removable sleeve held in place with a pop-rivet (which I have drilled out and am now attempting to remove).
Thirdly, the diameter of the rack itself is 1 inch exactly, according to my calipers, and the internal diameter of my new bush is approx 1.1 inch - way too big for the rack.
I can only conclude that this rack is NOT originally from a Series 2 E-type, but something else modified to fit.
I’ll attach pictures when I can work out how (bear in mind this is a right-hand drive rack)