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Old 05-05-2019, 10:44 PM   #576
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Re: Trying to make Junky perhaps just a little bit Funky...

Quick update.

Spent most of the weekend cleaning and blasting parts. I really need to setup a vacuum system for my blasting cabinet. I switched over to Coal Slag media in the blasting cabinet this weekend (from glass media) and it helps a lot. The Coal Slag does not produce as much dust; with the glass media I had to keep a window open behind the cabinet. With the slag, the debris that escapes is heavier and just goes down.

I blasted everything as best I could. The spindle was the most difficult with all the sides and curves. I did not make them rust free, but rust-free-enough. I painted the top of the parts with Chassis Saver, and will work on the bottom of the parts over the next couple of days.


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Old 05-06-2019, 12:14 PM   #577
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Re: Trying to make Junky perhaps just a little bit Funky...

Nice, it's so much easier working with clean parts!
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Old 05-07-2019, 10:47 AM   #578
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Re: Trying to make Junky perhaps just a little bit Funky...

Looking great.

On that AC Delco mystery... I'm trying to wherever possible "keep my GM car all GM," like the ads back in the '70s or '80s used to say. But I'm increasingly disappointed by them. It looks like they are just putting their name on parts made by others. Kind of milking the brand. About a year ago I ordered some brake hoses. The outside of the box said all GM, but on the inside I didn't even a hint of GM markings. All of the marking on the hoses indicated it was a Chinese company. The parts were fine -- fit, finish, machining, quality were totally fine -- they have come a long way. But I really wanted the "GM" or "AC Delco" ink on the part because of the appearance and not "SUN HONG." If I wanted the other parts I would have ordered from them. You shouldn't pay a premium price for a box.
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Old 05-07-2019, 11:45 PM   #579
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Re: Trying to make Junky perhaps just a little bit Funky...

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Nice, it's so much easier working with clean parts!
Thanks! It really is easier. I finished painting the other side last night and they look really nice. Just need to finish cleaning the frame where the arms attach.

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Looking great.

On that AC Delco mystery... I'm trying to wherever possible "keep my GM car all GM," like the ads back in the '70s or '80s used to say. But I'm increasingly disappointed by them. It looks like they are just putting their name on parts made by others. Kind of milking the brand. About a year ago I ordered some brake hoses. The outside of the box said all GM, but on the inside I didn't even a hint of GM markings. All of the marking on the hoses indicated it was a Chinese company. The parts were fine -- fit, finish, machining, quality were totally fine -- they have come a long way. But I really wanted the "GM" or "AC Delco" ink on the part because of the appearance and not "SUN HONG." If I wanted the other parts I would have ordered from them. You shouldn't pay a premium price for a box.
Thanks, Matt!

You are building from a rather unique perspective, so it makes sense that you want all the same parts on your truck. I went with AC Delco because I trust the brand and I did not want to spend extra money on the Moog name. Seems like I made the right choice there.

I don't care if one tie rod end says Moog and the other 3 say AC Delco; it's not worth the hassle of returning/exchanging it with Rock Auto.

Another interesting event is that I ordered replacement lower arm U-bolts from Amazon; they arrived 4 days late and with damaged packaging (I will be calling to get my 1 month free Prime extension). You would think with a envelope that was ripped open and re-taped that I might be missing a part. Instead my u-bolts came with an extra nut - they added a part to my order!

I dropped off the right side rotor to the local shop to be cut. I think someone changed the rotor and pads at some point, and then the truck ended up sitting around. Both are in pretty decent shape. I had already bought replacement pads, but might scuff and re-use the ones that came with the truck.

Not looking forward to cleaning the other side, but will hopefully reassemble this side and start taking apart the other side this weekend.
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Old 05-11-2019, 06:52 PM   #580
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Made a little more progress.

Installed the ball joints and the control arm shafts... hmmm, I guess that's really it.

Tried to rebuild the caliper and failed miserably. Damaged both of the seals I both. Gave up and ordered rebuilt calipers from Advance Auto.

Followed the advice on the forum and screwed in the shafts one turn at a time on each side.

Spent some time over the past few days trying to clean up the area where the control arms attach. Got some oven cleaner this morning and tried it out. Worked pretty good on the easy to get to spots, and okay on some of the harder areas.

Painted the hump the upper control arm attached too (I don't know what it's called).

Really hoping to get this side done and wheels on the ground tomorrow. Think I am going to power-wash the other side before I take it apart.




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Old 05-12-2019, 11:17 PM   #581
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Today I installed the upper and lower control arms and torqued everything. I would have gotten more done, but I had to go to the in-laws for mothers day.

Wasted time going to Advance Auto, Harbor Freight, and Ace Hardware.

Went to Advance Auto to get a 1-3/8" socket for the Upper Control Arm Shaft nuts; I needed one to tighten and torque the shaft. Turns out that while the shaft I took off the truck does take 1-3/8", the new replacement shaft needs a 1-1/2" socket. Went back to Advance Auto and returned the 1-3/8". Decided to go to HF and use the 25% Mother's Day coupon to get the 8-piece 3/4" drive set which includes the 1-3/8" and 1-1/2" socket for $32 instead of spending $13 at Advance.

Then I went to Ace Hardware to get lock washers for Lower Control Arm U-Bolts. When I was installing the nuts for the Upper Control Arm that came with the new shaft, one of the low-quality nuts lost some of it's threads. Back to Ace to get replacement 1/2" nuts.

Anyway, we finally got the lower arm installed, upper arm installed, and everything torqued. Fortunately I took a photo of the upper arm shims because I did keep them separate. The pic helped me figure out how it was before. The shims cleaned up nice on the wire wheel.

Hoping to get this side complete before we go on vacation on Saturday. I want to return the Ball Joint Tool Kit as well as I can only borrow it for 30 days. I'll borrow it back when we return home and do the other side. Oh, and I have to figure out where I put the rubber bumper for the upper arm.

I found a lot of info on the torque specs on this site, but the info for the Lower Arm shaft was a bit scarce. I figure it's somewhere between 130 and 190. I compromised and tighten it as much as possible by hand, then used the impact wrench on it, then used a torque wrench to make sure it's torqued to at least 150.





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Old 05-28-2019, 10:54 PM   #582
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Re: Trying to make Junky perhaps just a little bit Funky...

I got the right side control arms, spring, and spindle reassembled. Of course, I managed to destroy the stud for the shock mount in the process. Ordered new ones from Speedway; should arrive by end of week. Hoping to get everything else back together on Wednesday. The next step will be to roll it outside, power wash the other side, and roll it back in.


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Old 05-29-2019, 09:57 PM   #583
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Finished up the R/S front end today, except for the upper shock stud. Going to try and roll it outside, maybe on Saturday, to power wash the other side before taking it apart.

Had to go to Advance Auto and buy a box of assorted grease fittings since the AC Delco grease fitting provided did not fit in the Moog tie rod I got instead of an AC Delco.

Installed the:
- tie rod
- idler arm
- blasted and painted the brake dust shield, then installed
- wheel bearings
- rotor
- new caliper and pads - keep the original brake pad clip; the new ones with the caliper are not the same.
- Greased and torqued all of the above where applicable.
-Installed wheel.

I apologize if some of these pics seem repetitive.




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Old 06-04-2019, 12:24 AM   #584
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Re: Trying to make Junky perhaps just a little bit Funky...

Quick update:

Made some decent progress today. Took a few hours off in between work and went out to the garage. With my friends help we rolled the truck out to the driveway, power washed the left front end, and rolled it back in. This surprisingly went just about to plan - nothing ever works out this well for me - and pushing it back in was actually easier than taking it out. We were able to stand behind the back wheels and roll them into the garage.

Replaced the shock mount with the one from Speedway; it's slightly smaller in diameter, but should do the job.

Then we re-organized the garage and moved some of the big parts I won't be using to the backyard (old hood & bedside), and made it easier to access the truck.

Then we filled the differential with gear oil.

Next goal is to get the other caliper off so I can get my core charge back.

Before:

After:


Shock Mounts:


I didn't spill TOO MUCH Gear Oil...


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Old 06-04-2019, 11:34 PM   #585
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Today, I jacked up the truck, took off the wheel, removed the caliper and got my core deposit back, and removed the lower shock bolt - I went with the lower bolt this time to avoid damaging the top shock stud on this side. Check!

Then I removed the cap, rotor, bearings, and dust shield, and cleaned up the rotor so I can take it to get cut.

Now that I allegedly know what I am doing, my goal is to get the left side done in a few days instead of a few weeks.

Then, and this is the part you really want to pay attention to, I separated the lower ball joint from the spindle and released the spring. I was determined not to go through all the trouble I went through the last time getting the ball joint out of the spindle.

This is either a lesson on how to quickly release the lower control arm from the spindle, or a lesson on how NOT to release the lower control arm from the spindle. Probably the second one. ​I got the spring out without the jack and without a compressor.

I took the bolt off the spindle, then took a 2x4 and pounded with a sledge hammer. It did not do much but I think it loosened it up a bit.



​Then I got the fork, hammered it in to get it started, then got the sledge hammer. I stood on top of my stool out of the way, and bashed it with the sledge hammer. Then it just came off.



It's a GOOD thing I stood above it, the spring did not leave the control arm, but something flew out and tore a hole in my air hose. I donít really care, I was going to replace it anyway because it's cracked and worn out anyway. If you try this yourself (not recommending it), I would suggest you give yourself a lot of clearance.


​It's a good thing we power washed this side of the truck. It was even dirtier than the other side. Going to power wash the individual parts once I get them off. This image is after being power washed while on the truck.



And of course, I found the rubber bumper that I misplaced and ordered replacements for. It was sitting on my workbench covered by stuff.

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