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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 1st, 20, 8:06 AM Thread Starter
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1970 Chevelle front suspension (steering)

Hello all!

I have a few questions. I am converting my Chevelle over to power steering - YAY!

1. When I was taking the pitman arm off it was a bit of a bear but it came along. Same with the idler arm. However, the worst part was getting the tie rods to separate from the center link. I finally found the correct removal took, buried deep in the garage - but not after destroying a boot or two... So now, this has turned into replacing the whole steering setup - inner and outer tie rods, center link, new pitman arm as well as new idler arm.

With all this said - I did the removal on the ground, did not jack it up. Can I replace the parts without jacking her up? I know when you jack up a car and do suspension work that you do not do final torque until it has weight on it - but these parts would be going on WITH weight in place.

2. Do you all have any tips or tricks for the installation of all these parts?

Thanks so much!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 6th, 20, 6:36 PM
 
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Re: 1970 Chevelle front suspension (steering)

you can do it on the ground. use neversieze.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 20, 12:57 AM
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you can do it on the ground. use neversieze.
What he said, particularly about the never seize. If the PO had used it you would not
have had to fight to separate everything.
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Re: 1970 Chevelle front suspension (steering)

Here's a link to their site, lotsa choices:

https://neverseizeproducts.com/



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I disagree on the never-sieze. You WANT that tapered fit to be very tight so that the studs aren't spinning in their mating components. Dry is best.
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Re: 1970 Chevelle front suspension (steering)

If you whack the side of the knuckle or whatever with the tapered joints they will pop out. I never use a "tie rod" separator.
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Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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If you whack the side of the knuckle or whatever with the tapered joints they will pop out. I never use a "tie rod" separator.
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You are mixing things about suspension components up.There is no problem (except to your back maybe) with jacking the car up and replacing the steering linkage and also none of those other parts needed to be removed to replace your steering box and pitman arm,only those 2 needed removal.
Jack the car up and put a couple of jack stands under it.The only thing that has to be kept in line is the steering.Set your steering wheel with the wheels facing straight ahead.
The only suspension components that need to be final torqued on the ground with vehicle weight on is the front control arm bushings which aren't part of the steering linkage.
One last thing, if the boots are torn but the steering components are not worn out you can just replace the boots.

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Re: 1970 Chevelle front suspension (steering)

the deal about not torquing up suspension bolts until the cars' full weight is on the wheels refers to the A-arm bushings. other pieces like the steeriing linkage, it doesn't matter at all.

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