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Old 12-21-2002, 11:01 AM
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I'm replacing the tie rods, ball joints and control arm bushings on a '70 Chevelle and am having a heck of time removing the old bushings off the upper and lower control arms. The manuals (I have two) really does not cover how to remove them. I've got one side off but has taken me a full day to get this far. I have all the necessary tools like a 20ton press and pneumatic tools but am really stump as to getting these bushing off with less efforts. Any thoughts?
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Take them down to your local machine shop. They have to be pressed out and pressed back in. They should be able to do the job for about $20.

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If you have the press, you will also need pushing cups and receiving cups. You press out the old bushing with a cup (or pipe) the matches the O.D (a little smaller) of the bushing in the arm and the receiving cup goes underneath the work to receive the old bushing while pressing.

Of course, you put the strain on only one ear at a time (do not mount on press using lower ear for support as it will bend the arm).

There is a special service tool that allows you to press remove/install the uppers on the car.

Hope that made sense.
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Old 12-21-2002, 05:09 PM
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[quote]Originally posted by KULTULZ:
<strong>Of course, you put the strain on only one ear at a time (do not mount on press using lower ear for support as it will bend the arm).
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Now you tell me .
Thanks for the replies. I'll take them to a machine shop and let them do it.
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Old 12-23-2002, 06:00 PM
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Took the passenger side's upper and lower control arms to the machine shop today for them to remove and replace the bushings. I provided the parts and it took them 1-1/2 hrs to do them. The guy used a pneumatic chiele to remove the bushings and used a hammer and pound them in.
Now I know how to do the next ones.
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Old 12-24-2002, 02:51 PM
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When I was young and frisky I worked brakes and front ends in a Firestone service store, back in the mid 70's. The big boys all used to blap 'em out with an air chisle and drive the new ones back home with a little Lubriplate and peice of 1-1/2" pipe. I did it for six years that way and never bent an A-frame and never had a comeback.

I'd do it that way still today - no problem.
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