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Username Post: Complete rebuild of front cross member and suspension        (Topic#218134)
67Spirit 
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67Spirit
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03-07-14 03:19 PM - Post#2433688    
    In response to DZAUTO

Tom,
This post is fantastic! I know it's been here a while, but from a new guy....
THANK YOU!!!!
I just purchased the vette bell crank and I'm getting new adjustable tie rods ... will anything else need to be converted for this swap or will all the remaining stock parts work on my '49?
Tim in NC
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Tim in NC
49 Styleline Deluxe, w/'54 235 I-6 3sp man
67 Mustang
84 Fiat Spider 2000
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Happy Belair 
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Loc: Central Oklahoma
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06-13-14 10:02 AM - Post#2461095    
    In response to 67Spirit

TIP
LESSONS LEARNED
upper INNER shaft.
If you are having problems betting the new shaft to "bite" and go into the bushings, try this before you take a hammer to it.
Follow DZ's advise on using the lower outer bolt as a tool to install......but also use another'ANOTHER' LOWER OUTER NUT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE UPPER INNER SHAFT TO TIGHTEN UP THE SHAFT.
Then use two 1 1/8 wrenches on either end of the shaft to both push and pull at the same time.

Works like a champ. Got this tip from one of our
members down under..........but it resolved my particular situation

54 Belair 1067DTX, Roman red 327 Turbo350
54 Belair Hardtop, just bod off frame,work in progress
54 210 Station wagon Father in laws pass me down


 
DZAUTO 
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07-19-14 06:47 AM - Post#2470235    
    In response to Happy Belair

Are you referring to the steel bushings for the upper-inner cross shaft??? If so, they are spot welded in place and new ones are available from Paragon Reproductions.



 
DZAUTO 
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07-19-14 06:49 AM - Post#2470236    
    In response to 67Spirit

The bell crank that you mentioned, is that the center steering arm/bracket??? If so, you also need the Vette left and right steering arms because they have a different angle than the ones on pass cars.



 
DZAUTO 
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07-19-14 06:50 AM - Post#2470237    
    In response to Happy Belair

The member from "down under" got the tip from me.



 
Happy Belair 
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07-31-14 07:51 PM - Post#2473398    
    In response to DZAUTO

well then your both genius's

54 Belair 1067DTX, Roman red 327 Turbo350
54 Belair Hardtop, just bod off frame,work in progress
54 210 Station wagon Father in laws pass me down


 
dmax75 
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09-24-14 04:45 AM - Post#2486221    
    In response to DZAUTO

Tom,
I am a noob here and I have now been welcomed, figured out I had to be logged in to reply, and now know what a sticky can do for someone!
This is exactly where I am with a 54' Bel Air and now that I have seen your rebuild I am even more excited. That looks awesome!



 
westsiderider 
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09-30-16 02:38 PM - Post#2654201    
    In response to DZAUTO

Just wanted say thank you for your thread on this front end rebuild . About 1 1/2 years ago I followed your instructions on my 49 and it went smooth. My first front end rebuild ever ! I really appreciate you and others who share their knowledge with the world . A challenging project can get done with nice guys like you , sharing your expertise, for free . Thanks again .... Best wishes - David

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DZAUTO 
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10-05-16 03:50 PM - Post#2655064    
    In response to westsiderider

Thanks David,
Now, while you are at this point in the restoration of your 49, one thing I will point out. You can do a really nice DIRECT BOLT-ON upgrade to your brakes by locating a 51-54 donor car and replacing your Huck brakes with the 51-54 Bendix style brakes. You will need the backing plates, drums and all brake hardware from a 51-54 car. It will all be a direct swap and a nice brake upgrade.



 
stilsmokin 
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08-03-17 01:40 PM - Post#2702676    
    In response to DZAUTO

hello dzauto, I can not see the pictures for the front suspension, they are very helpful, Chevy talk is asking to update my account on Chevy talk why? I,am in the process of rebuilding my second front suspension, and I have a couple of things to see on your posting on supension. (818)492-0780 Frank.




 
Keith_Knox 
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08-03-17 07:20 PM - Post#2702723    
    In response to stilsmokin

It is not asking you to update your info. Looks like Tom had the photos uploaded to photobucket.
Photobucket it now asking for money to host pictures. Those were the pictures he took. The service manual should have most of the pictures you need.
There is a topic, I think in ChitChat that talks about Photobucket.

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stilsmokin 
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08-05-17 12:56 PM - Post#2702942    
    In response to DZAUTO

I have a question about the upper a arm controls, How do you install them? they are hard to install. Do you have pictures on how to install them? (818)492-0780 Frank



 
bradberry00 
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08-20-17 07:33 PM - Post#2704986    
    In response to stilsmokin

It is really to bad photobucket killed this thread...any chance you still have the photos and that they could be reuploaded to a different server?



 
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