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Username Post: Tie Rod End replacement        (Topic#348249)
Circle.T.Farm 
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11-17-17 06:42 AM - Post#2714759    

I have a 1952 Chevy 3100 that the tie rod end on right side is loose. I pulled the front wheel and found that it had the old original type that were adjustable from the end of the tie rod. I ordered a kit to replace. When taking it apart I noticed the ball had some wear also. There is no bolt or nut on the bottom, so I guess it presses in. My question how hard it it to get that part out? Will I need to take to a machine shop and have it pressed out? I don't have a press. I also see that there are the newer style tie rod ends available. Would I be better off just ordering the new style and will it press into my original arm where the ball is now?

1952 Chevy 3100, 235ci 6cyl., 12v system


 
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Mick53 
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11-17-17 03:00 PM - Post#2714783    
    In response to Circle.T.Farm

I bought tie rod ends for my 53 3100. Have not installed them yet but was told by chevy's of the 40's that if you file or grind the bottom flat they will punch out with normal hand tools.Then the new ones will bolt in. Hope that helps.



 
Circle.T.Farm 
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11-18-17 12:20 PM - Post#2714865    
    In response to Mick53

Thank you Mick53. I think I should give it a try the new style has got to be better than those old ones. Are you changing the drag link as well?

1952 Chevy 3100, 235ci 6cyl., 12v system


Edited by Circle.T.Farm on 11-18-17 12:21 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Mick53 
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11-26-17 05:06 AM - Post#2715758    
    In response to Circle.T.Farm

Sorry I didn't get back to you been busy. I'm not sure how my steering will all work out. I'm having spindles made for my 53 pickup front axle so I can put 12.88" Wilwood 6 piston disk brakes on it. Should get it back in a couple of weeks. I'll let you know how it works out with the rest of the steering parts. I feel that in the steering department it is no place to scrimp. I think we are asking a lot more of these old vehicles than they were designed for. Better safe then sorry.



 
Circle.T.Farm 
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11-28-17 07:31 AM - Post#2716082    
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I have also up graded my brakes to Disc. It made a world of difference on stopping. I ordered the complete tie rod and both ends. The sales person at Classic Parts told me I would have to use a 9/16" drill bit to make the ends fit. I bought a bit and have received the parts, So, perhaps next week end I can take it apart and see how hard it is to remove the pressed in old style balls and if I do or do not have to drill out with a 9/16th drill bit.

1952 Chevy 3100, 235ci 6cyl., 12v system


 
Mick53 
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11-28-17 01:29 PM - Post#2716121    
    In response to Circle.T.Farm

Let me know how it works out. I'll be doing mine when I get it back from the fab shop. They are making me spindles for my 12.88" 6 piston Wilwood front brakes.



 
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11-29-17 01:57 PM - Post#2716279    
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  • Circle.T.Farm Said:
The sales person at Classic Parts told me I would have to use a 9/16" drill bit to make the ends fit.



Mine is a '57 so the tie rod ends may be different, I don't know. But the instructions said to use the 9/16" bit just to drill off the "mushroom" part that's peened over. Don't drill through the arm. The actual hole in the arm is smaller. I guess you can tell by measuring the stud on your new tie rod ends.


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Circle.T.Farm 
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11-30-17 10:13 AM - Post#2716407    
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Thanks Don57, I hope to work on it this weekend but I have come down with a really bad cold. Has pretty much knocked me out. Went to doctor today, he gave me pills and said nothing would really help just have to let it run its course. Thanks for the information, I'll look it over real close before I start drilling.
Don @ Circle "T" Farm

1952 Chevy 3100, 235ci 6cyl., 12v system


 
Circle.T.Farm 
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12-04-17 11:19 AM - Post#2716853    
    In response to Circle.T.Farm

Well, didn't get to work on it Sat or Sun. Took ill with a really bad cold and just wasn't up to the task will try again next weekend.

Don @ Circle "T" Farm

1952 Chevy 3100, 235ci 6cyl., 12v system


 
Circle.T.Farm 
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12-12-17 10:13 AM - Post#2717686    
    In response to Circle.T.Farm

OK, Finally got to feeling better and tackled changing out the tie rod and ends. I took the arms off the backing plate on each wheel. Used a 4" angle grinder and lightly sanded off the Peened side, then took it to my drill press and with the 9/16" drill bit drilled in about 9/16th of a inch and found that that metal is very soft and easily drilled. Then over to the vice with a good punch and large hammer found it easily knocked out the old ball. Put it all back together. Monday I got a appointment with a shop that aligned it on there four wheel lazor system. Only charged me 50 buck as the only thing they could really do is set the toe end. Much better now and much easier to steer, goes straight down the road and parking is almost like having power steering.

1952 Chevy 3100, 235ci 6cyl., 12v system


 
Mick53 
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12-14-17 06:04 AM - Post#2717884    
    In response to Circle.T.Farm

Thanks for posting. I'm looking forward to doing mine.



 
Don57 
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12-15-17 08:15 AM - Post#2718014    
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  • Circle.T.Farm Said:
.......then took it to my drill press and with the 9/16" drill bit drilled in about 9/16th of a inch ....



So the hole in the arm is 9/16"?


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Circle.T.Farm 
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12-15-17 11:10 AM - Post#2718030    
    In response to Don57

A little larger, I didn't take a measurement, this is just to take off the peened or flatened material and that will allow punching the old part out.

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