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Old 06-12-2018, 09:32 AM   #5476
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Re: Restoring Rusty - Upper Control Arm

and so the grinding continued until finally we were able to use a punch and a 3 pound sledge to get the upper ball joint off

not pretty but it got the job done, the new replacement ball joints are bolt in

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Old 06-12-2018, 09:34 AM   #5477
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the lower control arm we pounded out the bushings after kinking them in a bit like so, at least on one side, maybe we used the press for the other side
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:37 AM   #5478
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this is the lower control arm with the new ball joint pressed in, the ball joints are not rivitted to the lower control arms they just snap out and in using the shop press and some pipe or square tubing in our case as a jig

DISCLAIMER: note how the game changes when you go from a restore project truck to your daily driver, I did not paint these old control arms Roadkill style and just replaced the warn out parts and bolted them back up, shame on me
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:40 AM   #5479
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a little stare and compare of my old stock coil spring which I cut one loop off of to lower the truck 2" and the new Western Chassis 2" propper drop coil springs, I really like these springs they fit good and the ride is great, you buy them through Performance Online and they are cheaper than directly from Western Chassis for some strange reason
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:48 AM   #5480
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You know you got a Chevy when you buy your parts by the bucket, ha ha

these are new upper control arm shaft (assemblies) I just needed the metal shafts but NAPA only sold them as sets or kits which included the bushings, oh great, now I have three sets of bushings per side, lol

my passenger side shaft was mangled so I decided to replace both of them for evenability
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:51 AM   #5481
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here's a cautionary note and a heads up, remember those alignment spacers we talked about earlier for the upper control arm, well be careful when you are putting them back in as they like to rotate upside down and slip out from underneath, slippery little suckers

below I caught them in the act
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:55 AM   #5482
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here's a cautionary note and a heads up, remember those alignment spacers we talked about earlier for the upper control arm, well be careful when you are putting them back in as they like to rotate upside down and slip out from underneath, slippery little suckers

below I caught them in the act
One quick round of electrical tape around the top tab helps prevent them from rotating by keeping them all together.
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:56 AM   #5483
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after it was all back together, I decided to grease the ball joints since they came with zirc fittings and I didn't wanna assume they was pre greased proper and such

so I busted out my trusty ol' grease gun my daddy bought over 30 years ago, and first thing I had to do was replace that worthless metal feeder tube with a bendy one so I could even reach and get to where it needed getting to

then I watched a few YouTube videos on how to burp a new tube of grease after you just load the gun, ha ha, oh boy once you know how to do it, look out the grease comes out sooo good

so you grease these up until you see the rubber boot expand and a little of grease start to ooze out
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One quick round of electrical tape around the top tab helps prevent them from rotating by keeping them all together.
thanks, smart!
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:41 PM   #5485
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Great job! I remember reading through all of this a long time ago and its looking great!
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Old 06-14-2018, 01:30 PM   #5486
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You know you got a Chevy when you buy your parts by the bucket, ha ha

these are new upper control arm shaft (assemblies) I just needed the metal shafts but NAPA only sold them as sets or kits which included the bushings, oh great, now I have three sets of bushings per side, lol

my passenger side shaft was mangled so I decided to replace both of them for evenability
Put the extra bushings in the individual bushing boxes and return em as if you bought too many... because you did.
They're all brand new quality parts so you're not cheating anyone.
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Old 06-15-2018, 02:50 PM   #5487
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Re: Restoring Rusty

Just spent the last couple of weeks reading this thread. Keep up the good work, Greg....Rusty's coming along nicely. Going to pass along your experience with the Vortec heads to a friend of mine who wants to put together another small block for his '70 GMC 3/4-ton 4x4 and really wanted to use those heads.
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Old 06-16-2018, 09:36 AM   #5488
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Put the extra bushings in the individual bushing boxes and return em as if you bought too many... because you did.
They're all brand new quality parts so you're not cheating anyone.
hee hee, The Greg did just that, great minds think alike Hatzie
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Old 06-16-2018, 09:45 AM   #5489
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Just spent the last couple of weeks reading this thread. Keep up the good work, Greg....Rusty's coming along nicely. Going to pass along your experience with the Vortec heads to a friend of mine who wants to put together another small block for his '70 GMC 3/4-ton 4x4 and really wanted to use those heads.
Thank you very much for the kind words. The Vortec heads can send one down the rabbit hole, they require a different intake manifold, they require different valve covers, and don't forget they also require that special intake manifold that only comes in that $50 gasket kit I mention.

If I was to run Vortec heads again I would only go with brand new ones to ensure they are not cracked. I would also buy them from aftermarket companies (like Scoggin-Dickey) that modify them for taller lift and install slightly larger valves in them. I don't think they port or polish them as they supposedly are good in that department already.

And if your friend really wants to get the most out of them then he should swap to a roller block and run a hydraulic roller cam.

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