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    Post: #1
    front suspension

    Hello guys.
    I have a '71 convertible that I am in the process of replacing the front suspension.
    I already replaced the Upper control arm, but did not put the spring back in yet.
    I am stuck trying to remove the Lower CA. the sway bar link is removed and the ball joint compression fitting is undone.
    I cannot remove the strut bar from the LCA.
    I removed the nuts from under the LCA, but the bar won't disconnect from the LCA!
    Is there a trick to removing the LCA?

    Any insight or instructions would be appreciated.
    Offline 07-26-2010 06:38 PM
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    vertstang73



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      Post: #2
      RE: front suspension

      (07-26-2010 06:38 PM)f117rt Wrote:  Hello guys.
      I have a '71 convertible that I am in the process of replacing the front suspension.
      I already replaced the Upper control arm, but did not put the spring back in yet.
      I am stuck trying to remove the Lower CA. the sway bar link is removed and the ball joint compression fitting is undone.
      I cannot remove the strut bar from the LCA.
      I removed the nuts from under the LCA, but the bar won't disconnect from the LCA!
      Is there a trick to removing the LCA?

      Any insight or instructions would be appreciated.

      I had to use a BFH ( Big F Hammer) to remove mine.
      Offline 07-26-2010 08:27 PM
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      f117rt



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        RE: front suspension

        (07-26-2010 08:27 PM)vertstang73 Wrote:  
        (07-26-2010 06:38 PM)f117rt Wrote:  Hello guys.
        I have a '71 convertible that I am in the process of replacing the front suspension.
        I already replaced the Upper control arm, but did not put the spring back in yet.
        I am stuck trying to remove the Lower CA. the sway bar link is removed and the ball joint compression fitting is undone.
        I cannot remove the strut bar from the LCA.
        I removed the nuts from under the LCA, but the bar won't disconnect from the LCA!
        Is there a trick to removing the LCA?

        Any insight or instructions would be appreciated.

        I had to use a BFH ( Big F Hammer) to remove mine.

        OK, it worked! Got it off.

        Anyone know what color the sway bar and thr strut bar supposed to be?
        Since I have them out, I'd like to refinish them as they came from the factory.
        Offline 07-26-2010 09:16 PM
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          RE: front suspension

          They are a medium grayish colour, check out 71-73 mustangs on ebay and you will see a bunch done up as factory restos with colour coated markings etc. If I were you I would definately modify the suspension while things are apart, a bigger sway bar and roller perches would help tremendously if you don't mind shying away from a factory restoration.
          Offline 07-28-2010 01:00 AM
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            RE: front suspension

            Mine are a satin black. Pretty sure they haven't been painted because my sway bar still has the yellow paint markings on it.
            Offline 07-29-2010 08:48 PM
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              RE: front suspension

              (07-29-2010 08:48 PM)73mach1 Wrote:  Mine are a satin black. Pretty sure they haven't been painted because my sway bar still has the yellow paint markings on it.

              Thanks for the info.
              I found out that the sway bar ia supposed to be semi gloss black and the strut bar is silver metal.

              I'll post som pics when I'm done.
              Offline 07-29-2010 09:44 PM
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