had been wondering a year or two [old and slow kinda thing] why the rover was not as nimble as the rambler. had picked up a set of bushings for the beast awhile back and it being in pieces at the moment, decided a good time to change out the bushings as a general kinda thing.
holy shinola! ran a finger inside the old bushings - all seemed to be coated with something tacky. cleaned spindles and housing, lithium greased same and inside of new bushings. wow! any thoughts of retrofitting with the new headset stack have vanished.