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lower control arms
#1
Can anyone tell me what is involved in removing the lower control arms.
This is the first time I have tried front end work. Now that I have all the stuff in the back done it's time to replace the ball joints before the weather gets nice and while I am still waiting for my moter to get back from the machine shop.
Jim
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#2
Hi Jim -

Take a look at 72HCode's great instructions on page 2 of my thread dealing with replacing my front end.

http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-so-here-we-go?page=2

And some pics and additional info in this thread:

http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-front...ete-mostly

Just yell if you need help. I found it to be a pretty straight forward project. I'd replace the whole arm and not just the ball joints.

Doc

Doc

[Image: 6y14ea.jpg]

Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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#3
Thanks Doc. From what I can tell you have to replace the whole lower control arm. like I said never did this before and kinda sacres the h out of meConfused
Jim
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#4
Seriously, it's not bad at all. Find a good coilspring compresser and you're all set. I'd go ahead and replace the uppers while you're in there.

I bought a kit that had both control arms, coil springs, idler arm, shocks (KYB) and bushings for about $250 total.

PM if you'd like more info. This was the very first thing I did to my 'stang, except put gas in it. Big Grin

Doc

Doc

[Image: 6y14ea.jpg]

Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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#5
I did both the uppers and lowers with my "while I'm at it" disease. I had to "buy" those fork tools for removing the ball joints from the spindle, but other than that, is was just a lot of man handling. Oh I also replaced the front springs, and had to use a bazillion washers to the standard coil spring compressor. What out, those springs pack a lot of punch if you don't it right.


1973 Mach 1 - Medium Bright Yellow - (in restoration mode)
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#6
Jim I would go a head and do the upper ball joints and control arm bushings while I had it apart to. Its not hard at all, if you can turn a wrench you can do it,just get a good spring compressor.But with that being said I am like maidin dearborn, I have the "while i am at it disease" also.

Jay
73 mach1
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#7
Thanks guys. I appreciate the input. Know about those coil springs. Saw one let go a few years ago, thats what scares the H out of me.
That while I'm at it disease seem pretty common on this web site.
I will post pics as I go along.Big Grin
Jim
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#8
coilwire;10094 Wrote:Thanks guys. I appreciate the input. Know about those coil springs. Saw one let go a few years ago, thats what scares the H out of me.
That while I'm at it disease seem pretty common on this web site.
I will post pics as I go along.Big Grin
Jim

Yahoo! Yep, pics as you go, please. And then people will be quoting YOUR project. Again, shout if you have troubles.

Doc

Doc

[Image: 6y14ea.jpg]

Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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#9
I forgot to mention to mark the eccentric cam on the lower control arm so you can get your camber back were it was before.

Jay
73 mach1
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#10
Here's the shot you'll need to take....

   

1973 Mach 1 - Medium Bright Yellow - (in restoration mode)
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