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Reply #15 - May 23rd, 2013 at 5:16pm

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Alan and Charlie,
Thanks for the input. I am going to trailer it to the alignment shop about 60 miles away, they do a lot of vettes. Like the idea for using wire, would of never of thought of that. As for the gloves..I have the ones left over from the doors and trim I had to stain so I could knock some of the items off my Honey do List before I was allowed to get started  Grin

Ron
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Reply #16 - May 24th, 2013 at 5:41am
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Good luck, Ron.  A GOOD alignment shop with Corvette experience is a MUST.

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Reply #17 - May 24th, 2013 at 12:58pm
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I took mine to Firestone cause I was broke and had a credit card there. I brought them the specs from VBP and they said they could not use them, had to use what was in the database. when I got the car back it was worse than the way I did by hand. brought it back and the guy said thier 19yr alignment veteran did it. so, I had him adjust it again and it still wasn't perfect. There is a place 2 stores down that I was going to bring it to and they welcomed the specs from VBP. Oh well, I tried. someone elses problem now. I did give him the warranty and hopefully the firestone in his area knows what they are doing.

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Reply #18 - May 28th, 2013 at 4:07pm

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Removed the upper and lower control arms this weekend, doing one side at a time, noticed there were no alignment shims on the driverside, is this common? Also thin I found out why the tire rubbed when making a sharp left turn, lower ball joint and and tie rod ends were bad. Hoping to get bushings replaced and re-installed this weekend.

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Reply #19 - May 29th, 2013 at 6:27am
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77vette wrote on May 28th, 2013 at 4:07pm:
no alignment shims on the driverside, is this common?

Wouldn't call it common, but I have seen it sometimes.  Good luck on the control arms.  Just my opinion but if the left side ball joint and tie rod are bad I would replace the right side at the same time as well.

Dale
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Reply #20 - May 29th, 2013 at 9:22am
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I'd bet your upper control arm bushings are about to take a dump soon too if they haven't been replaced. When I bought my Vette, they seemed fine but that's because the car sat for a while and since they were dry rotted, once I started driving it, they soon fell apart. the driver side upper was in bad shape.  Jack the front off the ground and see if there's any movement when you push on the top of the car. this caused my front wheels to runb on the frame when I made a sharp turn. If it's just the ball joints, I'd still buy a complete kit minus the bushings. that part of the rebuild is fairly easy. taking the control arms is the hard part. especially the springs.

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Reply #21 - May 29th, 2013 at 3:56pm

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I figured while I was add it I was going to replace all the bushings and ball joints while I was at it. Have the drivers torn down and everything cleaned up, dropping off the A-Arms to have bushings replaced tomorrow. Big brown truck dropped the rack and pinion off today.  Smiley

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Reply #22 - May 30th, 2013 at 6:09am
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sounds food Ron. It's a pretty good sized task to remove everything, clean it and put it all back together but it's a good feeling knowing it's all new parts. I was fortunate to have access to a bead blaster so that helped to get everything clean. then I put about 10 coats of enamel on everything to make sure it was good and covered.

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Reply #23 - May 30th, 2013 at 12:23pm
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Fantastic Ron.  You will certainly notice improvement in the handling once you get all those parts replaced. Wink

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Reply #24 - May 30th, 2013 at 5:03pm

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Dale,
I hope so getting excited for the cruise season, been raining for about a month. I won't complain since we hardly had any rain last year.
Charlie,
As I was taking everything apart I realized there were more components than I realized. Good thing you guys are around in case I run into trouble.

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Reply #25 - Jun 8th, 2013 at 5:08pm

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Okay, have a question, there are three bolts that hold the brake splash shield to the spindle and tie rod linkage. Was wondering what the torque specks were for these three bolts. I have search through the manuals and can't seems to find anything. Thanks in advance.

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Reply #26 - Jun 9th, 2013 at 8:33am

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I know it's out there on the web with all the torque spec. for the C-3 But I don't remember where. The spec you are looking for is
Top bolt 120ft.lb.
Two lower 85ft.lb...........jack
 

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Reply #27 - Jun 9th, 2013 at 9:58am

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Thanks. I did find some information that said 80 top and 75 Lower, did not sound right.

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Reply #28 - Jun 9th, 2013 at 1:39pm

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Some of the tq. spec won't be found in the corvette assembly manuals they sell. A for instance is the one you are working on. The hub, rotor, and knuckle assembly came already built to the assembly plant. So you would only find the spec for the upper and lower ball joint and tie rod end. The other spec would be found in the GM service manual................jack
 

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Reply #29 - Jun 10th, 2013 at 6:38am
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I used the specs from VB&P. click on the link and scroll down to specs and it has everything ( do not click on the C3 link it's below that ), You'll have to download the PDF.

http://www.vbandp.com/component/docman/cat_view/38-corvette-instructions.html?It...

Charlie
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