Control Arm Restoration

DoctorSwain

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Mar 4, 2020
19
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Bozeman, Montana
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These are the control arms in their original condition. The removed bushings and balljoints are on the right. For the upper control arms, I had already replaced the balljoints so there were bolts instead of rivets. I chiseled out the upper control arm bushings with the sledge and cold chisel. I did the same with the lower control arm bushings. The lower control arm balljoint I pounded out with a hammer.
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Then I removed all the accessories from the control arms and sanded and cleaned the surface rust off with lacquer thinner and 100 grit sandpaper.
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I primed it with one coat of Rustoleum Rusty Primer.
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I then painted on 3 coats of semi-gloss black Rustoleum. For the lower control arm balljoints, I used Moog. I had to grind out the bore to make the balljoint fit. For the lower control arm bushings I sanded the bores then pressed the bushings with a balljoint press tool. On my first try I forgot a spacer and I pinched the "ears" of the control arm (pictured here on the top right). I ordered a replacement lower control arm from JEGS by Allstar Performance. It didn't come with the skid plate(?) which is riveted in on the original. I will have to try and grind off the rivets and bolt it on to the new one. On one of the upper control arms I ground out the bores too much and the bushing was too loose in the bore. I ordered a new upper control arm from Rockauto by Mevotech. You live and you learn I guess. All in all I made a $70 and a $90 mistake. I feel like working with these suspension parts is an artform in and of itself. When grinding down those holes it's working with precise measurements and fitments.
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Here's the (almost) final product. OEM control arms on the driver's side, Aftermarket control arms on the passenger side. Moog balljoints, Moog/MasterPro bushings.
 
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