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Old 03-16-2007, 11:40 AM
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Worn control arm mount

Hi everyone. I pulled my rear end out of my 1970 Monte Carlo. The bushings on one of the upper control arms were so worn that the metal sleeves of the bushings were rubbing the metal of the control arm and the metal of the mounting bracket on the frame. I already got a new control arm. But I don't know what to do about the frame. It has a groove from the bushing sleeve ground into it about 1/16" deep. Should I try welding some new metal in there and then grinding it flat? Or should I add some metal epoxy to fill the groove? Or Should I just leave it alone and throw the new bushings in? Thanks for your suggestions.

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Old 03-17-2007, 12:08 AM
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I wouldn't waste any time with epoxy. If the groove hasn't weakened the entire area where the bolt tightens into the frame, I wouldn't be too concerned. If the groove is worn all the way around the bolt hole and looks like the frame could have that section cracked right out of it when the bolt is tightened, then you could tack weld a heavy washer to the outside of the frame bracket. If you put it insidem the bushing will fit too tight.
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