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Old 09-04-2006, 09:53 AM
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1968 Chevy Front End Rebuild.

Hey guys, I need help rebulding my front end. I need to kno what is involved and if there is anyway I can just buy a whole front end... I am a total newbie at all this stuff, so I honstley have little knowledge as to what I am doing. It dosent see all that hard though, but from what I think taht I do know is that I need new everything in the front. All the bushings are destroyed, same way with the rubbers, and there is just so much gunk that I just want to get a whole new one and/or fix what I can. So any help guys?

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The only tricky things to know about rebuilding an ORIGINAL GM front suspension, is that you'll have to grind off the rivets that hold on the ball joints AND be darn carefull not to eat a coil spring when you pop off the bottom A-frame!!! Support it with a floor jack, or you're gonna eat a coil spring "lunch".

GM was intelligent enough to use bolts to hold on the ball joints. They thought they'd throw us all a curve ball by riveting them on!!!! Your new ones will have bolts in the kits.
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A compressed coil spring can be dangerous. I always use a coil spring compressor and would suggest that would be a good investment for you as well. Also, pick up a shop manual for the car to see how to safely break the spindle loose from the ball joint stud. I think the control arm bushings are press in so you'll need a press and various adapters. Keep track of the shims on the upper control arm and put them back in the same location.

The tie rods are also an interference fit into the steering arm on the spindle. A pressing tool is real handy but they can be removed without one.

Use a good quality jack and stands and place the wheels / tires on the floor under the frame.
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