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450 SEL front axle question

I purchased a 73 450 SEL that had been sitting for 10 years with a fuel pump leak. It has 82K on it and I fixed the fuel system and it runs now. But it had a large clunking sound in the front end which turned out to be the bearings failing on the driver's side. After a new axle, all seems well, but I have some doubts. I have not driven it more than a few miles because of this.

The haynes manual shows a diagram that includes a thrust washer, but my car W116 chassis did not have thrust washers on either side, only the special nuts. Should it have thrust washers and if it does need them where can I get them?

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