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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Sep 13th, 17, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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How to remove 68 camaro upper A arm on drivers side

I'm replacing the bushings in the upper control arms. I've already done the passenger side by removing the headers. I'm now attempting to do the driver's side. I've unbolt ed the headers, but I can't push them down enough because it's hitting the steering box. I don't think I can get them out of the way enough without jacking up the motor. Can I try to push the bolts out of the frame with a c clamp? Then I can lift the arm straight up. I'm trying to do this the easiest way.
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Re: How to remove 68 camaro upper A arm on drivers side

Yes, they are just pressed in.

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Yes, they are just pressed in.

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Can I reuse the bolts? I'm assuming they have the knurled shoulder so they won't spin.
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Can I reuse the bolts? I'm assuming they have the knurled shoulder so they won't spin.
Yep. At least I have.

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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 17, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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So I should be able to get a c clamp in thete, with the control arm still in there?
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So I should be able to get a c clamp in thete, with the control arm still in there?
No idea, just saying it is ok to press them out. You are likely just going to have to try.

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Can I reuse the bolts? I'm assuming they have the knurled shoulder so they won't spin.


I have done it on many cars !!
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 17, 09:42 AM
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Re: How to remove 68 camaro upper A arm on drivers side

I've removed those bolts easily by placing a nut over the threaded end (to prevent thread damage) and tapped them out with a hammer.
The base of the bolt head has raised groves which is all that is securing them into the frame.

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I've removed those bolts easily by placing a nut over the threaded end (to prevent thread damage) and tapped them out with a hammer.
The base of the bolt head has raised groves which is all that is securing them into the frame.

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Unfortunately there is no room to even swing a hammer in there. I'm hoping I can fit a c clamp and get them out. I really don't want to jack up the motor and all that crap
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I ended up cutting them, and got the control arm out. Now that the arm is out of the way, I can get a clamp on it and press them out. Took a ride and picked up new bolts before I cut them!
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I have always been able to get the drivers side header out by jacking the car very high and support it with a jack stand for safety and just twist and move it around till you find that magic spot and it will twist and come out . It takes time and lots of patience's but it will go in and out just not easy . Just my 2 cents
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I have always been able to get the drivers side header out by jacking the car very high and support it with a jack stand for safety and just twist and move it around till you find that magic spot and it will twist and come out . It takes time and lots of patience's but it will go in and out just not easy . Just my 2 cents

I'm sure I could have, the problem is I'm changing the control arms while the control arms while the car is on the lift. I am already using the jack tray to support the car while I have this side apart, and it's too far forward to use to jack the motor up.
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Re: How to remove 68 camaro upper A arm on drivers side

I have successfully added&removed headers on a '67 BB (and you know how tight that space can be) by removing only the drivers side motor mount bolt and placing a piece of plywood under the pan and jack up the motor where it pivots on the passenger side mount enough to clear the steering box to remove the headers.

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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 17, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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I have successfully added&removed headers on a '67 BB (and you know how tight that space can be) by removing only the drivers side motor mount bolt and placing a piece of plywood under the pan and jack up the motor where it pivots on the passenger side mount enough to clear the steering box to remove the headers.

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Thanks for that info. If I have to change the headers I'll keep that in mind.
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old Sep 16th, 17, 03:57 AM Thread Starter
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I had to use a slide hamer to pound the bolt out of the frame. The arm is all back in!!
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