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Old 04-05-2008, 07:36 PM
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65 Chevy P/U Drums to Disc brake change

65 Chevy P/U changing from drum brakes to disc, with the drop spindle on the front.
When I pop the joints on the drum spindle, will the coil spring, spring out at me ?

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Hay. Whats Up. Yes It Will. The Best Thang To Do Is Put Truck On Jack Stand. Then Place Jack Under Lower A-arm. Just For Safety.
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65 Chevy P/U changing from drum brakes to disc, with the drop spindle on the front.
When I pop the joints on the drum spindle, will the coil spring, spring out at me ?
Get yourself a spring compressor from your local auto parts store. They might lend you one. Compress the spring to keep it from accidentally flying out and hurting you.
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The weight of the truck should hold it in place - did like this said and had the jackstand under the lower control arm and it worked out real well on my '66.


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Hay. Whats Up. Yes It Will. The Best Thang To Do Is Put Truck On Jack Stand. Then Place Jack Under Lower A-arm. Just For Safety.
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have removed the old spindle and now needing to clean everything and paint before installing the new spindle
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A few comments:

1. Use a chain around the spring in any case as a safety.

2. Since you are taking the suspension this far apart, you MIGHTASWELL put new bushings in the control arms

3. If you're doing 2. anyway, you'll need the spring compressor.
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OK, how does one with normal tools reinstall the lower joint, it is a press in fit
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As far as I know you'll have to get a ball joint press tool. I've seen them beat in with a 5lb shop hammer, but they were pretty well beat to death afterwards. You can rent one from most big auto parts chains.
Deffinately! DEFFINATELY!!! Use something to compress that spring. Wether you go with the jack or a tool, use something. I learned that lesson the hard way. And the hard way hurts.
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Thank YOU Pete
I did rent a press from Shuck's auto parts.
it is a large C-clamp affair, once the joint is started and at just the perfect angle.. (much frustration) with muscle, it goes right in.
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They can be fun to get back in but in my experience the press is the best way to go.
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...I've played this game before! I ended up just taking the A-arm and ball joint to an automotive machine shop and had them pressed it. Next best trick is to go to a metal scrap yard and either get 3" heavy wall square tube(or larger) or W4"x 13 wide flange and weld up (or have it done) a 20" square(inside dimensions). Then with the help of a hydraulic jack and a small piece of 2 1/2" exh. pipe you now have a small press and you can press ball joints in and out as you please. ...Best of all is to go to HF and get a full size press. It's all doable, but need to know when to draw the limits. PLEASE don't try beating your ball-joints in with a hammer!!! ...been there! *G* Good Luck!
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I've actually seen a guy try to beat them in and they wouldn't go, so he ground the holes out. Then they "just popped right in" so he says. Didn't stick around to see how that one turned out. Unless you like to put on spectaular crash shows for the masses.... I wouldn't do that. I don't think I would do that even if I wanted to crash in the first place. Some people
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