Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Central California, USA
You could have it checked out for balljoint and steering linkage wear before going too far, but my 67 was shot at 100 thousand miles and the idler arm was shot before that. I think an idler arm is good for around 50,000 to 70,000 miles at most.
Your best bet may be to buy a kit like from PST or one of those. I'd go with stock bushings for a good ride and no maintenence, I'd upgrade to higher rate springs like at least the Moog 6308 380 lbs per inch, these are still soft, and will drop right in.
Get a 1" solid front sway bar and use polly bushings on it.
A rear bar is probably not needed.
Use the alignment specs on my web page use just a little neg camber like a half deg.
If you want to do it yourself you will need a buy bunch of tools or rent them.
You will need a Factory "Helm" manual, floor jack, tall jackstands, pickle fork, access to a press and press mandrils to fit the bushings, or a shop to do that.
The lower balljoints are pressed in, the uppers are riveted in.
You might want to shop a good deal on the parts and have them parts installed at a local shop. The money you would put towards the manual and tools will probably cover a third of the labor costs.
I'd go for solid subframe mounts if you get into doing yours. If you don't want to do them, you can tighten them up by removing the bottom of the bushing and inserting a large washer to shim it tighter.
Parts to replace:
upper and lower balljoints
outer and inner tie rod ends
upper and lower A arm bushings
ft sway bar and bushings.
Parts to check:
pitman arm, don't replace if not loose, replacements are plastic lined and not as good as an origonal. Keep it greased and it will last a long time.
I'd stay away from polly for your use, but that's my impression. There are both good and bad reports on them.
[ 07-03-2003, 10:32 PM: Message edited by: davidpozzi ]
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