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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 01, 7:57 PM Thread Starter
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I have replaced the lower ball joints on my 69 and have a question on the press fit of the ball joints> Is there a tool to press these in the lower A frame , or is it a machine shop problem?
Anybody do this themselves?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 01, 9:53 PM
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There is a tool to press these in with. It is called a Ball joint press (go figure). It looks like a real big "C" clamp. About 100 bucks or so.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 01, 5:44 AM Thread Starter
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Yikes!
100 bucks is a lot.
I wonder if AZ has them?
I heard you can get any tool they have for the cost of the tool. Your money is refunded in full when you return it.
Think I'll give that a try.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 01, 3:15 PM
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Dave the $100 is about what the labor charge would be if you took the car to a front end shop and had them replace the ball joints. The zone or csk both should have them for rent. Best way to go unless your in to having lots of tools. Philip
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Dave, I just re did the front end on my 66.
I took the ball joints to a machine shop. They did the lowers ball joints and the bushings in the upper and lower A arms for $40.

I watched him press the lowers and he used every bit of his hydralic press. The guy was swinging on the handle to get them pressed in. I doubt I could have done the job with any portable unit.

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Philip, have you or anyone else used one of these tools to do that?

There is one in Harbor Freight for under $100. It also claims to press in and out control arm bushings.

I had a friend who would take anything I had to his alignment shop with him and he never charged me a thing. As of last year he no longer works there and now I would like to be able to do them myself. Any suggestion on these tools? I gotta get one!



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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 01, 9:09 PM
 
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We sell the "OTC" ball joint press set for 119.95 minus a 10% discount when ordered out of our cataloge. Part # OTC 7249. Page 23, top right. ($107.95 free shipping in the US). You can request a cataloge and we'll send one out to you. www.mobiletools1.com

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Go to the Ball joint special and It's 91.00 this month.

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I bought a press from Harbour Freight for $100 (12 ton) and don't know how I did without it. Sure, it's cheap, but it gets the job done. Came through the mail in 3 boxes and goes together easy. I used to struggle with a bench vice and a 3" diameter 3"long pipe to put lowers in (control arm removed).
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 01, 8:08 AM
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Mark I have a Snap On brand ball joint press and have used it quite a bit. The nice thing is being able to do it on the car. Saves the work of removing the lower arm if only a ball joint is needed.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 18th, 01, 10:58 AM
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I did mine ghetto style. My friend and I heated up the ring that the ball joint goes into, frose the ball joint, and used a cupped piece of metal that fit over the backside of the joint, and just sent that biaaatch in with a dead blow hammer
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 18th, 01, 9:26 PM
 
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Bee-bro wuz on.He dint trip on no ball joint, he was freekin.He laid down that bone-hone wit a ded blo,shiiit.
Now thats getto style.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 01, 2:00 PM Thread Starter
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Well, BBD is in Utah about now or flying over me right now, so I can't ask him if he
really did that for sure. I was thinking about trying something like that.
If not, I am going to hit autozone sunday and see if I can "rent" something like that
Snap-On deal. THERE IS NO WAY I AM TAKING THE LOWER CONTROL ARM OUT ONE MORE TIME!

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