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Finally steeling my nerve to replace the bushings on my car. There's several different brands / options on the market, needing opinions on which to go for.

What works / lasts? I have used poly bushings in the past and am not really wanting to go that route. Don't feel the harshness / NVH increase is worth installing them. With that said, what rubber bushing/bolt set works well?
 

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Thank you all for the replies, I'll get an order together and pray to the rust gods.
 

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Wanted to update, if you find what you're looking for on the inlinetube site, google the part number. Various vendors are selling the inline parts much cheaper than their website is. Saved $30 looking around.
 

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I recommend to use super lube (silicone) on your bushings (especially between the bushing and metal parts). It'll cut down on any creeks/squeaks that you may encounter after bushings installation.

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Thank you I definitely will. Bolts/washers arrived this weekend, just waiting on the bushings to show. Not looking forward to fighting the factory bolts.
 

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Thank you I definitely will. Bolts/washers arrived this weekend, just waiting on the bushings to show. Not looking forward to fighting the factory bolts.
Use a 3/8 breaker bar and a 6 point socket. Spray and then put the wrench on it and work it back and forth in ever increasing steps. If it feels like its coming looser try to remove them. Good luck.
 

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Use a 3/8 breaker bar and a 6 point socket. Spray and then put the wrench on it and work it back and forth in ever increasing steps. If it feels like its coming looser try to remove them. Good luck.
Thank you, should I find the caged nut in the body, drill a hole, and spray penetrating oil in? Don't have any experience with this body style and body bushings, have done several on newer models.
 

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I would try this first, but be careful. If they don鈥檛 seem to loosen drill a hole in the floor pan and spray some pb blaster in there and let it sit a day
 
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Just to update, with the amount of rust in this car I was envisioning having to cut every bolt out of this car. They all came out rather effortlessly except for one! For some reason my 64 was missing mounts in front of rear tires? Both gone, looks like they'd never been installed. Was definitely past time to replace them, all were compressed, some of the washers were snapped in half or completely missing.

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Those bolts still look pretty good.
When I did the body bushings in my '86 Monte back in 2012 they were in much worse shape than yours are.
And the Monte is quite a bit newer than your '64.
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A little late to the game but when I replaced my body bushings (probably around 2014) I went with the Inline Tube bushings also. I had bought a kit from Ground-Up and thought both the bushings and hardware were junk returned them and started searching for a better supplier of bushings. Back then I don't remember them offering the kits yet but the Inline Tube bushings sounded like and looked more like the originals. I ordered the set for my car and bought the hardware separately which was very expensive. To me they were the best on the market and glad I used them. At the time I was a little pissed and didn't even use any solvent on the bolts and only spun one cage nut. My bushings were shot but most of my bolts could have been reused. Inline Tube has a couple of vendors that advertise on Ebay that do give a little better price.
 

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Is the inline set much different from the RESTOPARTS set I have sitting in my garage ready to install?

It'll be a bit as it seems I'll have to get the car off the wheel ramps she is sitting on for some long overdue undercarriage attention , as the bushing R&R seems to require the car to be supported by the frame with the chassis hanging to get the body to lift nicely. So I can swap them out if advised. PS they do look smaller in OD that what up in there now.

PS said my Hail Mary's so all the bolts I've touched so far are coming loose nicely.
 
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Is the inline set much different from the RESTOPARTS set I have sitting in my garage ready to install?
It'll be a bit as it seems I'll have to get the car off the wheel ramps she is sitting on for some long overdue undercarriage attention , as the bushing R&R seems to require the car to be supported by the frame with the chassis hanging to get the body to lift nicely. So I can swap them out if advised. PS they do look smaller in OD that what up in there now.

PS said my Hail Mary's so all the bolts I've touched so far are coming loose nicely.
Being a Retired Toolmaker our minds almost make us strive to have things as perfect as possible to original. When I had my 69 Camaro I was actually able to buy a lot of NOS parts from my GM dealer. The body mount bushings were one of those things. That was quite a few years ago but from what I remember Inline Tubes bushings seemed like they were NOS pieces. I can't be sure of the durometer of the rubber but they are definitely a lot closer to originals than the Ground-Ups were. Ground-Ups were all the same size in dia. and also seemed thicker where as Inline Tubes bushings come in 2 different dia. sizes. On your car your bushings may all be the same dia. as they show on their website. My car is a 71 and has different size bushings for dia. Another thing on Inline Tubes bushings the half that has the metal insert pressed into them looks like a fully drawn part where the others look like they're 2 pieces. The nice thing too if you find out like on my car in a couple of areas the bushings were the larger dia. ones than what were in the kit and one set also had the bottom half that were totally different I called them and they knew exactly what I was talking about and what they sent me were a perfect match. You can buy any of the bushings separately if you run into this. I've recommended the Inline Tube bushings to friends and people on this website and I never heard any complaints. Another thing the bushings actually have part #'s molded right on them like originals. You will see the quality of Inline's bushings compared to other aftermarket bushings. I can't find the article but Inline did a write up on their bushings about the manufacturing process and it sounded spot on the way they do it. I also read where they have a cheaper set so make sure you get the better set. Just looking on the RESTOPARTS website their bushings and hardware look like the junk. You should keep one side of the body and frame connected, but loose and replace one side at a time. I supported my car by the frame and jacked the car body by the floor braces with the whole interior in the car. I also cranked the side windows down a bit incase the body put pressure on them when I jacked the body up.
 

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OP,

Please keep us updated of your impressions of the car with the new bushings. NVH and handling. I have a box of energy body mounts in the garage but I鈥檝e been having second thoughts. I know your car is more like mine in regards to handling and driving hard. Glad the bolts came out easy for you. I鈥檝e been a chicken sh#t and putting off doing mine.
 
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