---

Day 12:

The first step for today was to have the new Moog ball joints press fit into the lower control arms. $40 later and we’re ready for some assembly.

20130824_115814

I drilled the saddle holes for larger (9/16″) u-bolts from LMC Truck and test fit all four. Note the rivet in the center of the saddle in the photo above.  This rivet is a key point of positioning and alignment for the lower control arms:

20130824_115643

The hole in the lower A-Frame shaft assembly has to be lined up to fit the rivet in the base of the saddle to fully seat the assembly. This ensures that the A-Frame shaft assembly doesn’t rotate.  An elegant piece of automotive engineering if you ask me!

20130824_115518

Lower control arms (A-Frames) installed and torqued to 80 ft/lbs.

20130824_135614 20130824_163315

Upper control arms (A-Frames) installed and torqued to 70 ft/lbs.

Side note:  All the original alignment shims were stacked in their re-installation positions on removal. Wire brush and steel wool cleanup of all the shims and nuts added a couple of hours to my slow assembly pace, but I hate the idea of re-installing parts with rust!

20130824_190310

Upper ball joints bolted into place.

20130824_213247 20130824_213349

Hotchkis drop springs and Early Classic drop spindles installed (left and right sides pictured) for about 4-1/2″ lower ride while maintaining the original suspension geometry.  Early Classic was selected for their spindle and disc brake conversion because they offered the option of keeping my original 6-lug wheel configuration.

Rear springs (also from Hotchkis) will be added to provide about 6″ drop in the rear height later.

Next steps: packing the new wheel bearings and installing seals, dust shield and disc brake calipers.

Bye, bye front drums!

 




You must be logged in to post a comment.

Name (required)

Email (required)

Website

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Share your wisdom

FFL

"Anyone who still wants guns, rifles or ammo should go to Traction Control/Well-Regulated Militia: http://tinyurl.com/2ea4lhn Still pre-panic prices and a huge inventory and good reliable service. Tell everyone you know"

Posted by: DAve at December 23, 2012 02:55 PM (XDC0v) at AoSHQ





StatsViewer


Top 100 Gun Blog
GBR

NRA

Join the NRA
TSRA

Support the TSRA

  • Political Continuum

  • Unorganized Militia Propaganda Corps

Iowahawk