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Steve

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« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2013, 11:08:08 AM »

I can loan you the ones you need.  Just pay the freight.  It could be 1 of 2.  I have 2 sets and no plans.
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« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2013, 05:19:50 PM »



The guy that was going to help me had to have his appendix removed yesterday, so it won't be this weekend like I wanted it to be. Oh well. Autozone has the ball joint removal tools for rent too. Can't wait to get her done. 
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« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2013, 05:52:39 PM »

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I have the bushing tools too
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« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2013, 09:36:18 AM »

Take a good look at your Pitman and idler arms while you have it all off.  It will be the best time to replace those if needed.
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« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2013, 11:56:57 AM »

OK, so getting the front tires off, I remembered, the previous owner converted it to disk brakes. Does that change what I should have bought? I think its kinda cool they are Chrysler brakes. Is the kit I got still good for this?
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« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2013, 01:40:58 PM »

Very small progress made today....meaning garage cleaned, car moved, front tires off to analyze and plan the way of going about the tear down. PICS!!







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« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2013, 08:50:11 AM »


That upper ball joint looks new.  The lower might be too.  Better look at the bushings close now.  You may be able to skip this part.  As far as the proper parts, Probably you're OK.  He could have just bolted a mount to the spindle
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« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2013, 02:45:33 PM »

Well, got it mostly torn apart today, with the exception of actually getting the ball joints and bushings out. There was some play in the ball joints, I don't know when this was done last time (I can guess when the brake conversion was done, but I don't know when that was). I was kinda ticked that none of the ball joints, and neither of the tie rod ends had the cotter pins in. the drivers side tie rod end just fell out after I got the nut off. Anyway, onto pics:






Having fun with this one!

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« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2013, 09:10:06 AM »

Please tell me you unloaded the torsion bolts before you removed all of this?  That is step one when working on these cars.
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« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2013, 10:21:12 AM »

Ummmmmm....no....I did not know...shoot....
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« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2013, 12:07:25 PM »

Funny. Tierod fell out because it probably isn't the right size for the tapered hole of the spindle for the disc brake spindle. Thread size for the adjustment is the important part, large enough for the tapered spindle tierod hole is the other important part.
 
From where you are now, undo the torsion bars, which may be at the rear of the torsion bar or under the lower control arm (3/4 socket). Have to have them loose before the lower control arm comes off, it is basically under tension and would require massive pounding to get it to move forward, so don't do that.
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« Reply #26 on: July 08, 2013, 06:07:31 PM »

Well, went to Autozone to rent their balljoint puller tool deal, and they don't have it to work with this car. They don't even have the socket. Fun part of the stop was the guy didn't believe that I needed bigger than 1 5/8' socket. Proved him wrong. Had the new ball joint with me. 
Onto other parts of the project, I have part numbers for the calipers and disks, I'll take a look at the spindles that I pulled off to find the part number off of that. I'm wondering where the parts came from, and if it's not a stock spindle, I want to make sure the tie rods are the correct ones. Does anybody have any tips besides googling part numbers to find out what they came off of?
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« Reply #27 on: July 08, 2013, 07:05:19 PM »

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Before you start to loosen those T Bard, clean and oil the threads the best you can first.  You'll see why soon enough.
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« Reply #28 on: July 09, 2013, 05:29:17 PM »

With the t-bars, I'm guessing I loosen them as much as I can at the rear adjustment, and then pull the cotter pin and nuts off the front end? If so, I can knock that out after work tomorrow, then everything will be apart. At least as far as I know. LOL!
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« Reply #29 on: July 09, 2013, 06:34:43 PM »

Sorry Rob.  Haven't been feeling well the last 2 weeks.

In the mean time, PM your address
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