Hi -- I started a project to replace the drum brakes with discs on my 1970 Chevelle...and it ballooned into a complete front end rebuild. I came across this post and decided to give the PST kit a try for myself. I decided on the Original and not the Polygraphite.
I am currently at the point of installing the idler arm, cross link, and tie rods. I have everything hooked up but have run into what appears to be some fitment issues.
First, the grease zerks for the inner tie rod ends are pointing directly into the lower control arms so there is no way to connect a grease gun to grease the joints. I swapped out the straight for 90 degree zerks. But this then brought me to a bigger issue.
The second 'bigger' issue is that the inner tie rod ends are VERY close to the lower control arms. So much so that when I put in the 90 degree zerks, I can't turn my steering more than about 1/8th of a turn before the zerks hit the control arms. And I notice that the center link also appears to be almost sitting on the front cross member.
The two things that are different from this write up and my project is that I installed 2" drop spindles and replaced the stock steering box with a CCP 500 Series.
In one of the photos posted here, you did comment on how tight things were. Did you experience any fitment challenges? What was your experience with the grease zerks?
This is the frontal view:
This is sighting down the tie rod on the right side:
This is a closer view of the tie rod end, following down the tie rod from the previous picture:
The wheels are currently centered. Notice how close the zerk is to the cross member and project it's path. Also notice that the tie rod end itself is directly in line with the cross member. It almost feels like the center link is not installed correctly.
Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.
Thanks -- Jeff
Here are the parts I'm using for my project:
- PST Super Original Front End Kit (FEKSSOLD691)
- PST Pitman Arm (PIT19506)
- PST Center Link (TRE749)
- Front Coil Springs (MOG-5390)
- Summit Racing Drop Spindles (SUM-BKA24800DS)
- CPP 500 Series Steering Box (CP50004)