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upper and lower ball joint repair
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Well finally started tearing the front end apart. Wasn't as bad as I thought. The first thing I did was remove the front stabilizer bar. Next I pulled the caliper and rotor. After getting those off I pulled the strut arm, the shock and the shock cap. For me the scariest part was the coil sping. A friend of mine had a Moog spring compressor. Wasn't as bad as I feared. Just make sure you have a quality spring compressor. The last thing that I did was remove the cotter pins and castle nuts on the upper and lower ball joints. I almost forgot make sure you mark the concentrics for your camber. At a stand still until the weather breaks.
Jim


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good pictures of your projectBig Grin

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Dang!! That looks great, Jim. [See, I told you that you could do it. Smile]Nice documentation with the pics. Sure brings back memories. Keep up the good work, stay safe, and pick up where you left off when the weather breaks.

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Great work. So that's what a good spring compressor looks like. Sure beats the heck out of the one I used...

   

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Talk about scary! I think that's called "The Mangler" in the parts book! Big Grin

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It's actually $36.95 from NPD. Page 75 of the catelog quotes that "We have found that a Mustang has relatively short springs and requires the use of washers to space the upper hooks away from the hex head." I mean they did warn me about the amount of washers. Next time, I'm going to this forum for questions.

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Maiden Dearborn;10651 Wrote:Great work. So that's what a good spring compressor looks like. Sure beats the heck out of the one I used...

That's the same type I've been using, just be careful there's alot of energy there.

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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.

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[quote=Maiden Dearborn;10651]
Great work. So that's what a good spring compressor looks like. Sure beats the heck out of the one I used...
Maiden It is a Moog. My buddy had it for about nine years. Worked a trade for it. I will try to post pics of it tomorrow. The plate in the bottom has a grove that the bar fits in for safety. This thing worsk slick.
Jim

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These are the pics of the spring compressor that I am using . It is a Moog T-476. One of the first ones I have seen that I was comfortable using.
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MD I would be scared to death to use that thing. Looks like something out of a midevil torture chamberBig Grin
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