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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 15, 9:57 PM Thread Starter
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69 front end rebuild sanity check

Hi all

Spent some time working on front end. Control arms bushing ball joints spring shock. I have one side assembled I THINK CORRECTLY. except UPPER ball joints boot looks jacked. Moog ball joint.

Now I know I'm at full droop. all my control arm mounts are only hand tight so far. I know to tighten them only when weight is on the ground.

But please take a look and let me know thoughts and ideas.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 15, 10:27 PM
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Re: 69 front end rebuild sanity check

I'm pretty sure the boot goes between the balljoint and control arm instead of on the bottom.
Also looks like you are missing the droop snubber that goes between the upper control arm and the frame.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 11th, 15, 1:53 AM Thread Starter
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Snubber is there.

The boot was on fine until the extreme angle just like I show in 3rd pic.

Or are you saying something looks wrong on that one?
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Make sure when you install the boot the ridge of the boot is all the way down to the ridge of the sheet metal lower half. Once you let the the car down and have the body weight on it that angle is going to change and the boot will sit flush all around.
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Re: 69 front end rebuild sanity check

Boot is correct. It will look normal once you have a tire on and it is sitting on the ground

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Re: 69 front end rebuild sanity check

The upper ball joints on my 72 look like that with the tire on and sitting on the ground. Is this right, I don't know.

My biggest worry is when I pass on my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I paid for them.
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Re: 69 front end rebuild sanity check

Probably that the rubber is stiff and new. When it gets down to ride height it will be fine.

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Re: 69 front end rebuild sanity check

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The upper ball joints on my 72 look like that with the tire on and sitting on the ground. Is this right, I don't know.
Purpose of the dust boot is to keep dirt and dust out of the ball joint.

It does not need to seal against the spindle to do this.

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Re: 69 front end rebuild sanity check

Looks correct.

With the car on the ground and the ball joint is lubed, it may push the boot into the right orientation.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 15, 1:55 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 69 front end rebuild sanity check

thanks all. just as you ALL SAID......

back to normal with weight on


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Re: 69 front end rebuild sanity check

What type of control arm bushings did you go with and how do you like them? Curious because I am planning on doing the same thing on my '66 this spring.

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 20th, 15, 1:33 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 69 front end rebuild sanity check

FYI my FRONT lower arms take the ROUND BUSHING in the rear.

i ended up with rubber on all.

AC Delco Professional grade rubber control arm bushings on front all 8.
Moog on rear arms.


funny thing is I bought a set of P-S-T Poly Graphite for the front.
I sent arms and bushings to Glenn Lever. And he had an issue of the lower rear ones NOT FITTING. P-S-T claimed all measurements were correct. Glenn said they didnt fit. I went with the guy that had my arms and sent him a complete set of rubber to use on his recommend.

also, I do have experience with poly on a few sway bars I have done and I find the poly all squeak sooner or later. and you need that special POLY grease, its sticky almost clear and about 15 a tube, before too long.

thats why I bought into POLY-Graphite. but when they didnt fit I moved on.

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