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Old 03-06-2011, 07:58 PM
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Pitman Arm/Centerlink

I have a 66 Pontiac Lemans and I bought a new center link for a 64-74 Chevelle (The Chevy and Pontiac are supposed to be interchangeable). The new ball joint is roughly 5/8" at the end of the taper and will not fit all the way into the pitman arm. The old one I took off is roughly 9/16" at the end of the taper. Can I drill out the pitman arm hole a 1/16" to and make it work?

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I have a 66 Pontiac Lemans and I bought a new center link for a 64-74 Chevelle (The Chevy and Pontiac are supposed to be interchangeable). The new ball joint is roughly 5/8" at the end of the taper and will not fit all the way into the pitman arm. The old one I took off is roughly 9/16" at the end of the taper. Can I drill out the pitman arm hole a 1/16" to and make it work?
Rethink what you just stated. The ball joint stud is tapered. You would have to have a tapered reamer to do what you want. Back to the parts store for the correct part.
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I figured that, I was just hoping someone would tell me it would work. Thanks
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I have a 66 Pontiac Lemans and I bought a new center link for a 64-74 Chevelle (The Chevy and Pontiac are supposed to be interchangeable). The new ball joint is roughly 5/8" at the end of the taper and will not fit all the way into the pitman arm. The old one I took off is roughly 9/16" at the end of the taper. Can I drill out the pitman arm hole a 1/16" to and make it work?

The Pontiac and the Chevy would be the same. I am thinking it is simply the wrong one.
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www.rockauto.com shows the Moog K5143 being the same as:

BUICK SKYLARK (1964 - 1972)
BUICK SKYLARK CUSTOM (1968 - 1972)
CHEVROLET CHEVELLE (1964 - 1972)
CHEVROLET CHEVELLE 300 1968
CHEVROLET CHEVELLE 300 DELUXE (1968 - 1969)
CHEVROLET CHEVELLE CONCOURS (1968 - 1972)
CHEVROLET CHEVELLE CONCOURS ESTATE (1969 - 1972)
CHEVROLET CHEVELLE GREENBRIER (1969 - 1972)
CHEVROLET CHEVELLE MALIBU (1968 - 1972)
CHEVROLET CHEVELLE NOMAD (1968 - 1972)
CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS (1968 - 1971)
CHEVROLET EL CAMINO (1964 - 1972)
CHEVROLET EL CAMINO CUSTOM (1968 - 1972)
CHEVROLET MALIBU 1964
CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (1970 - 1972)
GMC SPRINT (1971 - 1972)
GMC SPRINT CUSTOM 1972
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS (1964 - 1972)
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS HOLIDAY (1964 - 1967)
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS S (1971 - 1972)
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SUPREME (1971 - 1972)
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS TURNPIKE CRUISER 1967
OLDSMOBILE F85 (1964 - 1972)
OLDSMOBILE F85 DELUXE 1965
OLDSMOBILE F85 HOLIDAY 1966
PONTIAC GRAND PRIX (1969 - 1972)
PONTIAC GTO (1964 - 1971)
PONTIAC LEMANS (1964 - 1972)
PONTIAC LEMANS SAFARI 1969
PONTIAC LEMANS SPORT (1970 - 1971)
PONTIAC LEMANS T37 1971
PONTIAC TEMPEST (1964 - 1970)
PONTIAC TEMPEST CUSTOM (1968 - 1969)
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Had to change the pitman arm... all is good
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There were 2 different sizes for 64 "Transition year", then I think it changed again in 72.
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Had to change the pitman arm... all is good
Glad you got it back 'on the road again'
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