whats the best method for removing the inner shell from the inside of the lower control arm. I did one with a chisel and really mangled the inside of the bore. Im gonna try to salvage it, if not i'll end up just getting a new control arm...anyone got any lower control arms for a 75 a-body?
Just press it out with the new bushing when you press it in.
A recent Mopar Muscle tech article documented how to rebuild front suspension. DO NOT use the new part to bang out the old, unless you want to buy another new part when the first one gets wrecked. or: talkl to a mechanic who's been around 40 years, he'll know
You don't bang it out you press it out!
thanks. I already got them out. Pressing out the pivot shaft and inner shell with the rubber bushing was the easy part. The outer shell pressed in the control porved to be a challenge. I gently split the folded area and some of the shell with a chisel, then air chiseled it off with a bit for splitting exhaust pipes. Worked like a charmed...no scratches no damage. I touched it up with a little sandpaper...cant remember the grit. But the new one pressed in real smooth.
Do what the pros do, weld a thick fender washer to the end and press it out from the torsion bar side. 5 minutes a side including welding.
But why on earth would somebody wanna do something the RIGHT way?
____________________I can put a square peg in a round hole. Gimmie that hammer.
Using a carbide on the end of a drill works well too. Grind the bushing paperthin-like on a "seam". Use a needlenose and remove.
when installing the bushings in the lower control arms...this is really really important...drive the shaft into the bushing first... thendrive the bushing with the shaft installed into the lower control arm with a length of pipe... use a big flat washer over the outer shell of the bushing if you don't have length of pipe to match.. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~THIS IS THE WRONG WAY>>>IF you drive the bushing in to the control arm.. then drive the shaft into the bushing.. it will cause the inner sleeve to be driven back to far.. the control arm will then be to close to the K member... and wheel alignments will be almost impossible to do.. there are 2 articles on doing this...perhaps morehttp://www.moparmusclemagazine.com/techarticles/suspension/mopp_0306_replacing_front_suspensions_lower_control_arm_bushings/index.htmlhttp://www.moparmusclemagazine.com/tipstricks/155_0306_control_arms/index.html