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Old 02-28-2006, 12:17 PM
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Can I install the sub frame bushings on my 69 Camaro

Hi Guys,

Does anyone know if I can install the sub frame bushings on my 69 Camaro one at a time without hurting anything. I figured I can lift the carpet and do each one individually. What is the best way to do it with out hurting the body. Do I pry it up and then put some type of block in there while I am installing the new one. Any help or suggestions would be a big help.

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Jim

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First off, you remove the bolt holding the sub frame bushing from underneath the car, not from inside. If you're lucky (I was) they will not be rusted and break off.

To answer your question, typically most people will do one side at a time. You need to put jack stands under the rocker panel (not the sub frame) to hold the front of the car up. You can loosen the middle and rear ones, which will allow them to hang a little. Then remove one (typical rear one) and replace but don't fully tighten it. Do the middle one, then tighten the rear one. Then remove the front one and replace it. Tighten the front one, the finish tightening the middle one. You may have to use a piece of wood to pry down the sub frame to get enough clearance to get the new one in, as it will be the original height. Once done with one side, perform the same on the other.

This usually will not cause any damage, panel alignment issues or cause the sub frame to change position from where it was. YMMV Good luck.
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I did my '72 Nova like chevymike said, one side at a time.

I hosed the bolts down with used motor oil (it was handy and cheap) about a week before I changed them, and they came off fairly easily. Another penetrant would probably work just as well.

I also used a length of 4x4 between the rocker panel and the jack, to spread out the strain. Might be a good idea not to open the door while it's jacked up like that.
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