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9/11/12 10:50am - Original Message: 'trailing arm replacement'
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last night i started the replacement of the trailing arms. i only spent about an hour so far but i was able to remove the shims on the drivers side only to find the bolt is rusted into the arm bushing. not going to waste time trying to get it out. gonna go right to saw zaw! then i found the lower shock mount rusted tight to the lower arm support. i was able to get that loosened up after spraying and beating. the strut rod is rusted tight at the rear so i am just going to cut that since i'm replacing that anyway. thats all the time i had. tonight is wifes birthday so i'm going to miss another night working on it. have to have the new gears and rear completed by oct 10th including alignment and have no weekends available. going to be a tight schedule! Rodney

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9/11/12 11:24am - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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Rod I'd buy moma her own new sawzall and have her do the other side tonight......now thats a Party I want to attend! Party
 
Well at least tell her I said happy B-Day!
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9/11/12 11:26am - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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Clap  Well....tell Ma we wishes her a big ol Texas Habby Berfday!!!!!
Sure am glad we don't live in an area that causes all of the bolts and stuff to rust up like that.....yeeesh. I can't imagine how youse guys deal with it all the time.
Good luck with the deal, tho, and hope it goes back together easily.Thumbs Up


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9/11/12 4:14pm - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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I agree with Joel -- don't know how you put up with the rust, dry air is the way to go.  Bolts come off easy!!!
 
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9/11/12 7:36pm - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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Ebo, I actually showed your comment to my wife and so she asks, how much money do WE have in this car. I tell her, its a lot less then she would get after the divorce she would ask for if I told her the real total. She smiles and says I guess I really dont want to know!

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9/11/12 11:34pm - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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After everything settled down tonight I went to the shed to work on the trailing arm I started on last night. It took about an hour to cut out the bolt, remove the brake caliper, half shaft, brake hoses and arm. With one side done I should be able to remove the Passenger side tomorrow night. Once everything is removed then I will begin the cleaning and painting of the parts for reassembly. I am thinking 2 -3 nights for that. them 2 -3 nights to reassemble and bleed brake system.

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9/12/12 8:19am - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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rod7515 said: Ebo, I actually showed your comment to my wife and so she asks, how much money do WE have in this car. I tell her, its a lot less then she would get after the divorce she would ask for if I told her the real total. She smiles and says I guess I really dont want to know!

Rodney


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9/12/12 1:46pm - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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yes she is Ebo!!   let me know what day I can come down!! I'm free all next week!

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9/12/12 6:12pm - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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Rich, I'll shout either Monday or Tuesday depending on where I'm at with this. Thanks for all your help so far.
Rodney


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9/12/12 6:50pm - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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Travilin meh in ecks are the best! This group Rocks! I could not have done my upper and lower control arms as fast or as painless with out Mark (Manchester) last week.
No site has the friendships this group has! We are blessed!
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9/12/12 11:58pm - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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Your right there Mr Ebo!
I called Rich when I was ready to start this project because I knew he had just completed the 73 last year. I told him what my time table was and he suggested just buying new trailing arms because of the time involved to rebuild them myself. I was going to tackle it but Rich convinced me to spend more money! What are friends for! Anyway it turns out that on this project this was the best way to go about it.

So progress tonight was the passenger arm is out and all u joints have been removed from the shafts, The drivers inner fender is now undercoated and ready to start going back together. Tomorrow nights plan is to remove the crossmember and rear, clean up and paint everything before reassembly and install u joints. I'm hoping to have the rear project completed by the end of next week. Then I can move back to the wiper door issue!

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9/13/12 6:58am - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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9/14/12 11:09am - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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Sure did spend that money and I'll never tell the wife what ya got into it!! Getting rebuilt arms is a much faster way to go than doing it ourselves!! Really want to get this done and this will speed things up considerably! Sorry missed your call last night...got some bad food last night and was removing it from every point of exit till 3am!! Look forward to next week!!

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9/14/12 4:35pm - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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Rich
Sorry to hear about your bad night. I called then went inside to get something to drink and missed your call. Was just lookin to run by you that the rear I took out had a larger yoke then the one on the 4:11 gears I bought. I swapped them out and tightened the yoke with an impact but didnt hammer it so it wouldn't change the backlash. I think I should be ok as I had .007 - .008 before and I am now at about .008. Was glad I checked that when I first got the rear. Gave me something to compare to.

My update is that everything is out on the back end of the car. I hope to clean and paint parts Monday - Tuesday. I still have to install the u-joints back into the half shafts I'm hoping I got all the parts I need to put everything back together.
When removing the arms I had to cut the rear trailing bolts because they were rusted into the bushings. I found that the Milwakee Torch blades work very well if you cut at a slow speed and use an oil for lubricate. If the blade runs fast it burns up very quickly.

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9/14/12 4:37pm - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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Rich
Sorry to hear about your bad night. I called then went inside to get something to drink and missed your call. Was just lookin to run by you that the rear I took out had a larger yoke then the one on the 4:11 gears I bought. I swapped them out and tightened the yoke with an impact but didnt hammer it so it wouldn't change the backlash. I think I should be ok as I had .007 - .008 before and I am now at about .008. Was glad I checked that when I first got the rear. Gave me something to compare to.

My update is that everything is out on the back end of the car. I hope to clean and paint parts Monday - Tuesday. I still have to install the u-joints back into the half shafts I'm hoping I got all the parts I need to put everything back together.
When removing the arms I had to cut the rear trailing bolts because they were rusted into the bushings. I found that the Milwakee Torch blades work very well if you cut at a slow speed and use an oil for lubricate. If the blade runs fast it burns up very quickly.

Rodney


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9/14/12 4:45pm - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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I'll do the half shaft u joints if you want..I can stop by Sunday night or drop by the shop Monday..I promise I'll be nice to them!

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9/15/12 6:27am - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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I should be able to make one of them options possible. I'm not sure what time on Sunday night we will be getting home but i'll give you a call sometime Sunday and let you know what the plans are. I already have the worst done as the joints are out but the new ones need to be installed if you want to do that. That will save some time. I do have to clean them paint them yet. Thanks for the offer.
Rodney


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9/15/12 10:44am - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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If it's not too late, recommend putting the st-st parking brake kit in.  Or maybe your rebuilt ones already came that way.

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9/15/12 11:07am - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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73shark,
great suggestion. They new arms came complete all the way to the rotors are already riveted in place. I was warned about the fun time changing out those shoes. Thanks for suggestion though. Thats what makes this site so great. SO many members are out there lending their experience and recommendations to make each job easier. Thanks to ALL!
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9/15/12 11:28am - Reply: 'Re: trailing arm replacement'
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Hey..changing those shoes are a piece of cake if you got the tools to do it..time is what the goal is now..we'll get those shoes adjusted and cables set right on once it's all together and driven some..I remember the first time I saw this car!! At the Sonic...it's a different beast now!!

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