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Alan's Front Monospring Install (Read 11248 times)
Reply #30 - May 25th, 2009 at 7:26pm

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Artsvettes wrote on May 8th, 2009 at 7:17am:
I had better check mine.........Been a year since I was last under there. I had an incident with the center tie rod bolts loosening up on the steeriods rack. One completly dropped out and the other was loose. Made for some interesting steering manuvers.

Yep... same here. I haven't looked since last year about now and put less than 300 miles on it in that span and when my mechanic had it on the rack a couple weeks ago for inspection, he found one bolt gone and three were loose.
 

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Reply #31 - Oct 28th, 2016 at 7:46am

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I had the 73 up in the air a few weeks ago checking everything before I went to skyline drive. Found 4 of the 8 bolts loose on the frt mono VBP leaf spring. So I am in the process of drilling holes in the bolts & safety wiring them like I did on the 68 yrs ago. This is a very poor design & dangerous & the manufacture never did any thing about it. I'm surprised they haven't been sued by now.
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Reply #32 - May 27th, 2017 at 5:23am

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Just started 3 days ago on the 77 to replace all the frt components , but not an up grade. Very similar to the 68  except the springs are  longer & compressed more. I am replacing them with new ones that are a little shorter. I will try & clean everything up as it's got 41 yrs of grime on everything.  This time I have lots of air tools to make everything much easier to loosen.
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Reply #33 - Jun 1st, 2017 at 6:56am

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Getting those control arm bushings out is not easy. I still think the easiest way is to burn the rubber then soak overnite with Aero Kroil . Then I use a air hammer with a big pickle fork attachment to loosen them. Them a piece of wood & hammer.
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Reply #34 - Jun 1st, 2017 at 5:14pm

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Yes Alan, burn the rubber out, then use the air hammer to collapse the shell within itself. They can't do anything else but fall out. Save the oil Cool.....jack
 

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Reply #35 - Jun 8th, 2017 at 8:35am

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Just finished painting everything with POR-15. I have to say they were really dirty..toke them over to my friends endine shop & ran them through the big parts washer for about 4 hours them wire brushed them...gettin to old for this stuff.
Alan Smiley

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Reply #36 - Jun 9th, 2017 at 8:47am

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Nice Alan!
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Reply #37 - Jun 17th, 2017 at 6:33am

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Been busy so haven't had to much time to work on the 77, but yesterday I did manage to just about complete the reinstall of the rt side.  The bumper that the upper control arm hit was easy to install. I wrapped #14 gauge wire around the base of the stopper & pulled it down. Sorta like installing a old back window in a p/u/
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Reply #38 - Jun 24th, 2017 at 7:39am

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Went to install the left frt shock & saw that the spring was not centered on the top ...so took off the caliper, rotor & dropped the lower control arm again to reposition the spring.  Buttoned everything back up again. I have an extra aluminum radiator that was in the 68 & was gonna reinstall it in the 77, but the lower intake is much bigger on the 68....so I looked at the radiator that was in the 77 & the lower intake is way to small which would explain why it ran hot  at times.  It looks like someone modified it & reduced the dia by about 1/2" ???  Ordered a  new 4 core alum radiator which should solve the problem & will put in a new 180 degree thermostat.
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Reply #39 - Jun 26th, 2017 at 5:17am

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I measured the reduction on the lower inlet & it is 1.25" vs 1.5 ( OEM) that's a 31%
reduction on area.
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