Techical Discussions => Tech- - STEERING WHEELS AND SUSPENSION => Topic started by: Bob Schaefer on November 20, 2010, 07:27:38 AM

Title: Suspension Question
Post by: Bob Schaefer on November 20, 2010, 07:27:38 AM
Ok, so it's distinctly possible that I may have bitten of more than I can chew, but I feel this '69 Monaco Wagon is worth whatever effort I can put into it.  The interior, much of the body, and the engine itself, all seem to be in great shape.
When I picked this up, I failed in a number of areas, regarding inspecting the vehicle without the emotion of really wanting it for the asking price.
Besides the fiberglass work in the fenders that turned out to be poor, I found that upon closer inspection, the front subframe and suspension parts are rustier than I would have liked. Of course, the car is 41 years old, so who was I kidding?
Anyway, here is a picture under the passenger side front wheel. Is it possible to tell, from looking at this, if I am going to have to hunt down replacement control arms, etc... or if I could pull them, sandblast them, and use what is in there?
I will probably start on the body first, which will be a learning experience in itself, but I want to start looking around, if that's what I'm going to need to do, so I can tackle this stuff when the time comes.
Thanks as always,
Title: Suspension Question
Post by: Jason Goldsack on November 20, 2010, 07:33:59 AM
There are great rebuild kits out there.. When in doubt.. pull it apart, sandblast and inspect the parts and install new bushings and ball joints. This will kill any doubt that you might have something unsafe.

Title: Suspension Question
Post by: Stan Paralikis on November 20, 2010, 08:23:48 AM
Those A-arms will just be fine sandblasted and painted. 
Title: Suspension Question
Post by: Guests on November 20, 2010, 09:08:29 AM
I agree the components simply need to be properly cleaned and painted (I like things like this powdercoated, last forever that way) and new rubber installed. There are several companies that have kits to replace every wear part and connector, but the big upper and lower control arms are OK.
I would  suggest, from experience of having bodywork having to be touched up because of minor damage from doing other items after the fact (like the front end), so I always do body work last, then install the interior, with one exception. If I redo the interior, I will paint the interior and door jambs and window sill/lips, install glass and leave the moulding off, mask it all off so it is basically sealed, then do the outside of the car. If the car is on rollers it can be moved and the interior not interfered with until all is totally complete. This is how a lot of the body-on restoration professionals like to do it and it works well.
Title: Suspension Question
Post by: on March 26, 2011, 08:35:15 AM

         You should change it with the help of this online store ( I just changed my suspension kit from here and now it is looking and working too good. You can also paint it but that thing will not make it new.


nellyy2011-03-26 12:37:26
Title: Suspension Question
Post by: Brian on March 26, 2011, 12:17:31 PM
Looks to me that all the main parts are in OK shape, but blasting, or tanking them will tell you for sure.  Just get a complete front end kit form Just suspension (best) or PST (economy).  I've been running the PST kit in the wagon now for a few years with no problems, but I had bought the kit several years before JS started offering their kits, so I used what I had.

As for painting VS powder me the cost is the deciding factor.  Yes Powder coating is a great finish and will last a very long time...but painting it now will give me something to "redo" when I finaly retire...(