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Restoration lower ball joint dropped out of A-arm

While removing RF wheel for balancing, I noticed that the wheel was floppy when re-installing an old one while taking the red line to the shop. Surprised to see the lower ball joint hanging below the A-arm. Tried loading to get it back in - no luck. So, had to flatbed it an hour to frame/suspension shop I trust. When he removed the restoration lower ball joint put in a couple years ago, found it had no ferules to keep it tight when pressed in. Shop's recommended Moog replacement had ferules to be pressed in and was significantly larger diameter. Replaced left one also - don't want it to come out and have to use flatdeck again. Had to pay for another alignment after new ball joints.

Bottom line - beware restoration ball joints - they may not be built right to securely press in - mabe that's why there are posts about welding them if they are loose - not a good idea for tempering I think.

So, I'm back on the road just in time for winter

Wilson
67 RS Convertible stock # matching 327/210 PG
Original owner
Full rotisserie restoration back on the road
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