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#1
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.
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#2
(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.

[Image: 57_23_07_10_12_47_19.jpeg]

White 1973 (351C stroked to 408, 4V, FMX) convertible with blue deluxe interior AC and power windows.

Mike
Irwin Pa (MCA # 52193)
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#3
(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.
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#4
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.
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#5
Mine are a satin black. Pretty sure they haven't been painted because my sway bar still has the yellow paint markings on it.

Jay
73 mach1
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#6
(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.
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