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72 Nova Control Arm Bushings

In the midst of doing a drum to disc brake conversion and decided I may as well R and R all of the front suspension ball joints, tie rod ends and the control arm bushings ( mainly the upper arm) I figure I maybe able to utilize the "clamp and big socket/ little socket method" (poor mans press) on the lower control arm. I am lacking in a bench press for such a task in relation of the upper control arms. Anyone have any creative ideas to accomplish this? Or am I just stuck at farming out the installation of the CA bushings after my "parts kit" arrives?

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how do you post pictures on here? I have a picture of how i pressed my lower bushings with some home made tools that cost a total of $7 bucks...
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If you do much car work, you might consider buying an inexpensive press. I found one at the local Harbor Freight for $100. It's rated 10 ton and is big enough to do anything I ever needed to do. Over the years it's saved me more than it cost for sure.
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i also have a HF bottle jack press, it works ok and will get the job done most of the time
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I've had good luck burning the rubber out with a propane or oxy-cetylene torch (do it outdoors over a metal bucket!) then crushing the metal sleeves with a hammer and chisel for removal. A less messy method is to use a roto-zip tool to cut the rubber out then crush the metal sleeve.

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Verify if the new bushing have sleeves, sometimes you have to reuse the originals.
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Verify if the new bushing have sleeves, sometimes you have to reuse the originals.
In this case, new factory-style bushings come with sleeves.

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