Was told to inspect my control arm bushing too...
Seems so...Are all the nuts tight? Cotter pins installed? How many miles on the car? By the looks of those 2 videos, you need a whole front end rebuild!
3 questions...Seems so...
Today I'm replacing the lower and upper ball joints...
1. Do the ball joints need to be pressed in ?
2. Will I need two jacks for this job ?
Because the joints that are at the ends of that link are worn out.play...why would the center/drag link have this much play ?
Figured as much...this is going to be costly...You'll have to look and see if there're bolts holding the ball joints in. If there are, no need to press fit.
You only need 1 jack however, I would hold off on ball joint installation. Your upper control arm bushings are shot and need to be replaced. Probably your lowers too. The control arms need to be removed, old bushings pressed out and new ones pressed in. After that's done, then you can replace your ball joints........along with everything else.
Well my upper control arm bushings are shot anyways...and I also don't have a grinder or air hammer to break the rivets...They’re riveted and not welded on.
grind the heads off and then bolt the new ones in place.
in your pics I fail to see the safety chain needed to keep that big coil spring from exiting.
Couldn't have said it better myself!With all the fixes needed, your money pit might need to be replaced with a better candidate.
I'll check those tomorrow. How do I find weak metal using a big screwdriver ? Like trying to find a wooden stud in a drywall ?Have you checked the rear frame rails for rot?
Common problem on monte’s.
See if you can find any weak metal using a big screwdriver.
With all the fixes needed, your money pit might need to be replaced with a better candidate.