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So I went to get the Mustang aligned. I replaced the suspension last year and haven't driven it much since. The guys at the shop said they could not align it due to several issues. First the lower control arm camber bolt has worn the ears that keep it in place, one is bent and needs to be heated up and bent back, then he suggested welding a strip behind it for strength. Next my passenger side inner tie rod arm is bent, easy fix. He said my idler arm has about 1/8" of play in it. He also says my pitman arm is worn out and needs replaced. The last thing on the list is the passenger side strut rod is not sitting center in its cradle up front, I may have forgotten to replace the center brass bushing when I replaced the rubber bushings last year. My plan is to go ahead and just replace all of the tie rod linkages inner and outside along with the adjustment sleeves. I am gonna replace the idler arm and the center steering linkage arm along with the camber bolts and the "ear" fix that needs to be completed. I need to replace the rag joint above the steering gear box while I have all this out because I didn't think to order it when I replaced the box last year as well. So I guess my question is do Pitman arms wear out and does all this sound like a good approach to fixing the steering? Thanks everyone!
- Nik

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- Nik
Yes, the pitman arm has a ball joint, I replaced mine a couple of years ago. Get a pitman arm puller and it's not a bad job. I do not think the center link has any wearable joints on it, unless it has holes wallered out or it's bent there's no reason to replace. A rag joint is a must. All in all it sounds like a good plan!

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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