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PostSubject: I am beat!!!!!!!   Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:27 pm

Two days of working on the car has kicked my ass. I did the front suspension yesterday. I ran into a snag when I could not get the upper control arms off. I had just put new bushings in along with ball joints. I wound up pulling the ball joints out, and putting them in the old uppers. Lowers when in with out trouble. Monroe severe service shock, and zq8 bump stops I also put on new rotors, pads and a good used set of calipers. This morning I did all the steering along with a 9c1/SS box, all new lines, and some new, some used steering linkage. All in all, the car is alot tighter up front from when I brought it home. Next I tackle the rear brakes, and shocks, and two exhaust manifold leaks. One on both sides. Mad
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PostSubject: Re: I am beat!!!!!!!   Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:36 pm

I hear u, yesturday I took all the suspension out of the 96 I bought, rearend, arms, tank straps, fuel lines, front arms, drag links, coils, shocks. I looked at it this morning and said screw it, and locked the gargae door behind me.
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PostSubject: Re: I am beat!!!!!!!   Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:58 pm

why couldn't you get the upper control arms off ? stuck on the studs
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PostSubject: Re: I am beat!!!!!!!   Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:12 pm

mean ss wrote:
why couldn't you get the upper control arms off ? stuck on the studs
yup. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: I am beat!!!!!!!   Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:27 pm

use a chisel in between shaft and frame mount.I used new bolts so I hit them out plus it make it easier to to get the
new arms past the steering shaft
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PostSubject: Re: I am beat!!!!!!!   Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:46 pm

mean ss wrote:
use a chisel in between shaft and frame mount.I used new bolts so I hit them out plus it make it easier to to get the
new arms past the steering shaft
Too late. The front is all back together.

I tried pb blast, and then I tried heat. Both times trying to wedge them apart.

Putting the bushings into the upper c/a I borrowed a tool to install them, found the set I got from Mark was too small, had to buy two more bushing sets to get the right size.
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PostSubject: Re: I am beat!!!!!!!   Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:59 pm

we can change them mod day if you want,I'll show you how to pop the ball joint without a fork
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PostSubject: Re: I am beat!!!!!!!   Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:23 pm

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we can change them mod day if you want,I'll show you how to pop the ball joint without a fork
I do too. Two good wacks with a 3 lbs sledge. Very Happy

Actually I tried using the fork to wedge the upper control arm off. scratch
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PostSubject: Re: I am beat!!!!!!!   Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:32 pm

If you drive around the block with the nuts loose it might free up. for ball joints you put a deep 1/2" drive socket
on the bottom ball joint nut then put a 1/2" bolt and nut in the square drive of the socket to push the upper ball joint stud
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PostSubject: 9C1 / SS steering box   Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:49 am

have you noticed a big difference with the new steering box. I am going junk yard crawling this week and next week to hunt for one for myself.
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PostSubject: i an beat!!!!!!!   Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:32 am

im wondering the same thing billy. ive got the steering box. had all the adjustments done. all painted. ready to install. also did you do the jeep shaft mod? im going to do both at once.
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PostSubject: Re: I am beat!!!!!!!   Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:44 am

If you are removing a 100k steering box, and replacing it with a new, or freshly tightened box, then you will definately feel a difference.

What's more, if you are going from a Roadmaster/Civilian box to a 9c1/SS box you will notice a VERY large difference.

I'd recommend replacing the entire front end when doing it and your car will drive like a brand new car.
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PostSubject: Re: I am beat!!!!!!!   Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:41 am

Good job, Billy. Wish I coulda helped.

I can't wait to get the SS box in the Marshmallow!

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PostSubject: Re: I am beat!!!!!!!   Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:09 pm

jeep shaft mod??? my rear suspension is going in today woo hoo
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PostSubject: Re: I am beat!!!!!!!   Sat May 08, 2010 7:18 am

So rear brakes are done, and am working on getting the exhaust manifolds buttoned up, still have a couple bolts to get out on the drivers side. I still have to pull out the drivers inner fender, and replace the core support, install rear shocks, clean undercarrige and coat it with the chassis saver, and undercoating, remove a rattling heat shield, tighten the lower control arms, bleed the front brakes, bleed the steering system, install new inner fenders, and battery tray, put rollers in a couple windows.
And it rains today. Mad
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PostSubject: Re: I am beat!!!!!!!   Sat May 08, 2010 9:49 am

That is a laundry list Smile
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