It was a similar experience with the Peugeot when I disassembled it last year. I only became aware there was no bearing cage when it started raining BBs everywhere. Collected them all up and put it in a ziplock market Peugeot Headset to deal with later. Probably should have specified which of the three Peugeots living in the basement it was for, but it all came good.Oh. those loose ball bearings. Makes me flash back to last winter when I was working on my Schwinn Cruiser 5. Over the years the freewheel threaded cone or cover had become loose (hand tight). Never messed with them, thought I was tightening it but was a left hand thread so It came apart! Somehow I got it back together without loosing any balls.
Yeah, I'm making my own lefty fork, but this one's a rightyK. Something is strange. Sometimes I see two legs on the fork. Other times, not so much...are you doing something sneaky there, or is it just angles?