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post #46 of 120 (permalink) Old Nov 12th, 09, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

kinda depends on your car and what you're going to be doing with it. If you're into any canyon carving at all it probably is worth it. IMO the upper Chevelle arm is pretty much a POS. I've bent dozens of them dirt track racing. It's that arched shape withthe little shelf for the ball joint. The lower arm is really pretty good.

If you're not handy with the type of dirty hard labor in the pics a bunch of bolt on new stuff looks pretty attractive.

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post #47 of 120 (permalink) Old Nov 12th, 09, 9:54 AM
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Okay, I will go with the tubular arms, it will just take longer before i'm ready $$$$$$$$

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For those of you considering a PST Super Front End Kit, we are running a $50 off sale in the month of December! See our post here:

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post #49 of 120 (permalink) Old Dec 13th, 09, 11:10 PM
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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

Well I'm not sure I can do this front end rebuild by myself anymore over a weekend. I don't have an air hammer. Just a hammer and chisel. I do have a cutter/grinder in case my upper CA's have a spot weld but that's it.

Is it possible to do this by myself over a weekend with just a good set of craftsman tools? I'd hate to pay a shop several hundred bucks to do something I think I can do

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It took me about 3 hours to disassemble my front suspension with craftsman tools and a ball joint seperator and sledge. Luckily I already had upgraded ball joints that came right off. I had a press at work too for the bushings. Now its time to put everything back together this week. An
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I rebuilt the front suspension on my '70 El Camino almost 5 years ago with Polygraphite kit from PST and have had no squeaks at all. And it stays outdoors year round. Very happy with the results of drive quality and handling too.
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post #52 of 120 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 10, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

Almost a year later, still good. No squeaks, no rattles, seems like a happy camper. Car still handles good. This has turned out to be a good upgrade, well worth the time and effort.

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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

Darren guided me to these aswell, got them ordered the other day, as soon as he gets some time well knock out this deal too!.

great post! the pics are very good and informative, thanks!

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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

Did you use offset cross bars on this rebuild? The ones that attach to the upper control arms? Is it important to use offset versions? or can you live with standard ones? What real gain do you get with offset?
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Did you use offset cross bars on this rebuild? The ones that attach to the upper control arms? Is it important to use offset versions? or can you live with standard ones? What real gain do you get with offset?
Only need the offset ones if you are having frame sag problems and have issues getting it up to alignment specs.

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Did you use offset cross bars on this rebuild? The ones that attach to the upper control arms? Is it important to use offset versions? or can you live with standard ones? What real gain do you get with offset?
If you want offset cross shafts, just give us a call and we can substitute them at no extra charge!
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I`m doing a frame off resto on a `71 Velle with my 16yr son. Talked to a friend last night at a local cruise in and he told me about PST bushings he used on his rebuild. So I come home did a search on our site and what do ya know... found this wonderful write up by Tom... I must say this site and community never I mean never fails on anything I and we need. I`m for sure going with the PST complete kit on our `71. What great reviews ya`ll are giving. The knowledge and time spent on posting articles on anything about our cars (vells one and all) is absolutey amazing. I want to thank everyone for what they do for all of us. Someday I can`t wait to post the pics of our Velle when it`s finally done, so everyone can see the finished product of all the help they have givin us. Thanks again for the best community out there. K.Miller
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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

hi tom, great pics and write up.. i'm about to be doing that in the next month... jeff
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post #59 of 120 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 10, 1:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for good words guys. Might be more stuff along this line coming up soon.

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post #60 of 120 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 10, 7:45 PM
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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

Hadn't seen this thread before. Good writeup Tom. Wish I'd known about the tuning fork for air hammers, and air hammering the bushings out but I know now. I intend to do this job to my drag car, so it should be a piece of cake with one under my belt and the air hammer knowledge.

I just installed their polygraphite superkit on my 64 sleeper a couple weeks ago(before I saw this thead). It wasn't bad, I own a press and I bought a front end service set to get the tie rods out of the centerlink. I've never done any front end work before, always hired that crap done. If I can do it anyone can. However I had pulled my front clip(never had done that either) because I was on a goober cleaning mission so that made my front end job a lot easier probly.

I didn't have any trouble with the springs. What's trouble is getting rivets out of upper bj's but I finally got the hang of that. Grind a flat spot, drill a hole half the way down, grind the head off and hit it with a punch in the hole you drilled. Use the same drill to drill the rubber out of your old bushings so all you have to extract is the shell. I pressed mine out, talk about a wrestlin match.

Now to teach myself how to do a home alignment. Thinking about ebaying an old alignment setup. Also thinking these upper control arms aren't going to be fun to work with setting caster and camber. Found some good videos on ehow.com that succeeded in beating the concepts into my head and I think I can align it fine, just need the engine in and some measurememnt tooling. Need different front springs, thinking trick springs. Had an old set of 3 way shocks I stuck in it to replace the 64 originals.

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