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Old 12-22-2018, 01:18 PM
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Parts are ready...

New brake shields for the newly painted steering knuckle, and other bits.
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Old 12-22-2018, 08:33 PM
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My wife and daughters have been busy making Christmas candy. I have been baking calipers and caliper brackets in her oven.


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My wife and daughters have been busy making Christmas candy. I have been baking calipers and caliper brackets in her oven.
HA- my wife can smell fresh baked paint a mile away!!!

Looking good Eddy!!!

I hope to get some time in the garage this upcoming week!!!

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Old 12-22-2018, 08:48 PM
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HA- my wife can smell fresh baked paint a mile away!!!

Looking good Eddy!!!

I hope to get some time in the garage this upcoming week!!!

Richard
Merry Christmas Richard! Have a great Holiday and definitely get some garage time.
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Old 12-29-2018, 09:07 AM
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Progress has been slow going since Christmas day but I’m back at it. I have installed the new Moog idler arm, it’s nice to have a helper to hold the top bolt, the headers don’t make the job easier. I have left the tie rods hanging from the center link for now, they are loose as I have popped them loose with a puller.
Moved on to a fun task when the new steering wheel from Ecklers came in on Friday. Made the purchase based upon information from a recent thread, been thinking about replacing the wheel for some time. I love the look of the original but it’s just too large in diameter in my opinion. I believe this new wheel retains the spirit of the original with the brushed aluminum three spoke design, I like it. The installation did require a 1/8” spacer on the bottom of the wheel, between the wheel and my standard column. I traced a cardboard template from the old wheel and fashioned the spacer from a piece of 1/8” aluminum stock, drilling the required two holes and slot.


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Old 12-29-2018, 09:20 AM
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After completing the fun steering wheel project I moved on to installing the Energy Suspension bushings and Moog ball joints in the upper control arms. The grease supplied with the Energy Suspension 33108G control arm bushing kit is nasty stuff. The uppers are ready to install, that is after I tackle the dirty work of wire wheel cleaning and painting the frame.
I have installed Moog offset shafts in the upper control arms. It’s worth noting that I had to radius the shafts above the bolt holes as they were squared and appropriately .020 too large to fit through the control arms. A little grinding and file work before repainting, not too bad I suppose.






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Old 12-29-2018, 09:28 AM
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Looking good, it's nice to make progress!
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Looking good, it's nice to make progress!
Yes sir it is!
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Old 12-29-2018, 09:38 AM
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This photo shows the area where material was removed, crudely marked as it is


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Next phase, steering knuckle reassembled. The information sharing on this forum is invaluable as others have already been where you are going. The steering knuckle assembly torque values are scarce as apparently the assembly came to the factory ready for installation(according to what I read here) and the values for the large bolt and the steering arm bolts are not in the AIM. I was able to ascertain the values through searching the forum and found the large bolt to have a value of 75 ft lbs and the two steering arm bolt to be 70 ft lbs. Thanks to those of you out there that have shared this knowledge.



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Old 12-29-2018, 10:30 AM
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Looking good.
I got a new steering wheel for mine for Christmas and noticed the step at the bottom like it looks like yours has. I don't think my OEM one has this step and I was wondering about it. I know yours is installed but if I pm you a picture later can you tell me if that is what yours looks like. I may have the same problem and would like to know ahead of time before I take the old one off.
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Old 12-29-2018, 12:57 PM
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Looking good.
I got a new steering wheel for mine for Christmas and noticed the step at the bottom like it looks like yours has. I don't think my OEM one has this step and I was wondering about it. I know yours is installed but if I pm you a picture later can you tell me if that is what yours looks like. I may have the same problem and would like to know ahead of time before I take the old one off.
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Absolutey Jon, send it on! I still have the template and extra material also.
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Old 12-29-2018, 01:03 PM
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Absolutey Jon, send it on! I still have the template and extra material also.
Eddy
That’s the type of project I particularly enjoy, this frame cleaning and painting I’m doing today, not so much.
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Old 12-29-2018, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Vette5311 View Post
Looking good.
I got a new steering wheel for mine for Christmas and noticed the step at the bottom like it looks like yours has. I don't think my OEM one has this step and I was wondering about it. I know yours is installed but if I pm you a picture later can you tell me if that is what yours looks like. I may have the same problem and would like to know ahead of time before I take the old one off.
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Photo of the back of the factory wheel. The bottom spoke(photographed upside down) overlaps the other spokes and is 1/8” deeper in that area, the hub has a 1/8” matching indentation.
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I was able to spend the day working on my winter project. Spoke with Performance Online this morning, my lower control arms have had the steering stop mod made and have been powder coated - they will ship out Monday morning, good start to the day. Installed the upper control arms and clearanced the front of the inner fender opening to accommodate for travel of tubular upper arm. 1” was cut off the front side of the opening, new holes drilled and new dust shields installed. Installed the freshly painted front sway bar in new poly bushings. The tie rods are now installed in the heavy duty tie rod sleeves and hanging from the center link. Steering cylinder bushings are replaced with poly units. Since I can’t proceed further on the front end until the lower arms arrive, I shifted my focus to removing the A/C condensor and VIR unit. It’s quite a squeeze getting the condensor out with the hood on but I did it without causing any harm, shed a few pounds off the car. Lastly the parts pile had Van Steel heim strut rods added - I’ll get to the rear suspension as soon as the front is complete.
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Lower ready to ship

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Lots of nice shiny parts!!!

Maybe it's just me- but I always put a coat of wax on them before I install em!!

Those Vansteel struts rods look NICE!!!
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Lots of nice shiny parts!!!

Maybe it's just me- but I always put a coat of wax on them before I install em!!

Those Vansteel struts rods look NICE!!!
Richard, I can’t wait to get road grime on them.
After all of the clean up and painting, everything was coated with fiberglass dust from those tiny clearance cuts. I had the car cover on and the engine covered with an old sheet, the suspension and frame is now covered in white dust and a cloud of dust settled over the garage, what a mess. I will rinse it off when able to get the car outside. I suppose the control arms were “waxed” in that super sticky Energy Suspension poly bushing grease.
I took the easy route and ordered the Van Steel strut rods knowing fully that the heim ends will not last like the zerk fitted rods, Van Steel advised they would need replaced somewhere down the road depending upon how much you drive. I will say the Van Steel strut rods are stout and their customer service is top notch.
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The Mistress is on four wheels for the first time since December 8, 2018! But not for long...
The brake line project is complete. I have replaced all steel lines, brass junctions, rear rubber hoses, d block, mounting clips and bolts, and changed the front calipers to Wilwood D8-4 with SS lines.
The front suspension rebuild is also complete. Upper and lower control arms have been replaced with Performance Online tubular control arms with Energy Suspension poly bushings, Moog upper and lower ball joints. The idler arm and tie rod ends have been replaced with Moog units, sway bar mounts and bushings replaced, the steering cylinder bushings replaced, new 550 lb springs, riding on Bilstein sport shocks.
I am now moving into the next phase of the winter project. Phase two will consist of trailing arm rebuild (right rear TA bushing is shot), Van Steel heim jointed strut rods, differential mount reinforcing plates, heavy duty differential cover and lastly, 4 wheel alignment. The car currently rides on a 7 leaf spring and Bilstein sport shocks. The ride height is perfect and I have no interest in changing the spring.
Back to the garage











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Old 02-02-2019, 08:34 PM
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Oh my, you guys were not messing around about the shock mount! This is Georgia car
Probably 30-40 blows with a 4 lb hammer. Knowing that I was replacing the shock mounts, I used the pickle fork method of removal.

Right shock mount


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