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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 03, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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Is it possible to change the subframe to body mount bushings on a first gen car while the car is completely assembled? If you have done this, any tips would be appreciated, thanks.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 03, 07:19 AM
 
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Yes you can do it.
Another team member has great instructions on his web site. URL below.
http://www.geocities.com/boodlefoof/bushings.html

I used these instructions and his method worked like a charm. We both installed solid bushings but you can use the instructions for rubber ones as well.

You may want to get all new subframe bolts and washers while you are in there. My original bolts were very wasted. I even broke one and had a heck of a time prying the nut cage off and replacing it.

If you don't have any problems you can change them out in a couple of hours.
Good luck.
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Good deal, thanks for the help.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 03, 06:37 PM
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It is possible, but unless your car spent most of it's life in the Southwest, you may not like what you find when you remove the bushings. Just be prepared it the holes are worn, elongated or rusty to remove the subframe and weld in the frame repair panels. They sell the kits now, you can also make them yourself like I have done.

You may not need to do this, just thought I'd tell you before hand what the worst case scenario could be.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 26th, 03, 05:49 AM
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As jrager said, you may want to consider buying a bushing kit with the hardware (bolts, metal sleeves, and washers). I didn't, and discovered after starting the job that I needed the hardware. It cost a little more that way, plus I had to delay finishing the job. I had to use a long pry bar to get the middle bushing out The stress on my car caused my windshield to crack, but it was not installed properly (it seemed to have slipped down on one side). Good Luck.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 26th, 03, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info. This is starting to sound like I should leave well enough alone. I will look it over good before I start. As to hardware, I have all NOS GM bushings and washers. Does anyone know how accurate repro bolts are? Or does anyone sell replated originals from desert cars?

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