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post #16 of 120 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 09, 3:51 PM Thread Starter
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Re: PST suspension kit install, dialup warning

Andy, Bondo won't work on that. You have to upgrade to JBWeld.

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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

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We're on the edge of our seats in suspense for the conclusion...any news?
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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

testing 123

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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

I've seen that TQ wrench somewhere before...

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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

Yes you have. have I mentioned what a helluva man you are?

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server must be running a backup, I can't post anything. the wrench Bill mentioned was in a post I deleted because the pics were wrong.

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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

FWIW, I put the same kit in my '65 about a year ago. since then a new AGR box and pump and some new hoses. Everyhting was a perfect fit. the steering shaft does limit how many shims you can put in that side for the alignment, but didn't turn out to be much of a problem.

I had no idea this car could handle this good! definitely a nice kit, and good fit of all the parts. I hope Tom likes it as much as I do.

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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

Excellent F/E rebuild post.

A tip for removing the upper control arm mounting bolts: Run the nut out flush to the end of the bolt (this keeps the theads nice) While prying against the nut/bolt (it helps to have a 2nd person do this) take you air hammer & "rattle" the frame bracket (dont go hog wild here - just an easy squeezy on the air hammer trigger!) around the bolt head. The bolt will slide out without destroying the knurl.

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mine don't, so far.

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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

Well, try again on finishing up the pics. Start earlier, maybe I won't get crossed up with the server backup.

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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

lo, after these many moons, I'm back. Thanks go to Zack @ P-S-T.com for being patient.

Here we are going back together. A glitch arose here, on both sides. These are not the same LCAs I pulled out and I had a hard time to re-install them. Theoretically all the LCAs would be the same, but the new arms with the new bushings were too wide to fit in the mounts. I was working alone, had a good floor jack but couldn't get the arms to slide up into the brackets. After much struggling and swearing I used the Large Ford Tool to "adjust" outer ears of the brackets a little, then the LCAs mounted up with just the usual struggle. A little of the nice new paint was sacrificed to the previously mentioned Large Ford Tool. Hung the lower with the bolts just poked in the holes loosely, was able to install the previously heated spring, jacked up the LCA, installed the spindle and hub assembly, hung the upper arm.





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Cotter key installed. I do them this way, I 've seen guys just stick it in and bend both halves over, I never did it like that.


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caliper reinstalled:


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Cripes, completely unable to get the site to post the correct pics. It's like it's caching the URLs to the pics and mixing them up. Moving the whole schmear to photobucket, try again. Whatta PITA.

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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

Minor tip on steering linkage assembly: you can't install the center link if the Pittman arm and the idler arm are both installed. both studs go in from the bottom and with that tongue on the crossmember there's no way to get enough room. Leave the idler arm loose or off while mounting up the linkage. I laid my old linkage out on the ground and measured the length od the tie-rods, then screwed the news together to match. Considering the amount of stuff changed out here I'm surprised it came out as close as it did.

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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

I had to drive the car in between doing the two sides, so the steering linkage got hooked up to the old stuff on the right side. A day later, tear down the right side. Pretty much like the left.


Still the easiest way for me on the ball joint nuts, just use a box end wrench. Same drill as before, break loose a balljoint nut, back it off a few turns, use a pickle fork to break loose the tapered stud. as always, careful here. Nut still on the stud, shock still installed, jack under the control arm.





getting the shock loose. It'll be a PITA later when there's pressure from the spring or the LCA is way down.


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