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Old May 5th, 2016, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default Ball joint beam: rebuild or replace?

My beam is, like the rest of my car, less than adequate. Lower bushings are red urethane, uppers are stock. Left front wheel bearings loose. One of the lower ball joints is attached with a regular nut and a flat washer. It's got adjusters, and badly welded headlight brackets on the shock towers. The homemade beam extender is also welded to it, as are the "radius rod" suports.

It would be easier to just buy a rebuilt one ready to go. But I don't know if I trust that either. How big a project is it to rebuild one in the driveway? I have a hydraulic press at work that I can use. Other than that, what special tools are needed?

Or should I just buy the pieces and built it from scratch?
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Old May 5th, 2016, 08:08 PM   #2
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I have a stock 67 beam drum-to-drum I will sell if you want a fresh start.
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Old May 5th, 2016, 08:33 PM   #3
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Hmmm... something to think about. I'm gonna rip it all out this weekend.
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Old May 5th, 2016, 09:09 PM   #4
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Loose wheel bearings are not a problem.
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Old May 10th, 2016, 07:15 PM   #5
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Default Re: Ball joint beam: rebuild or replace?

If you look in HVW's there is a company, Wolfgang I think that will sell trailing arms with new BJ's for like $99 on Exchange ofcourse. Which means you'll need to ship them.
I replaced mine myself with a 30 ton press and they almost didn't come out.
If I had to do it again, or next time I am gonna do the hole saw, weld and quench technique instead.
When those Balljoints popped out it sounded louder then a shot gun going off in the shop. Scarred the shit out of me and had office people coming to see if I were OK...

If you get the appropriate size holesaw you can avoid the die grinder stuff...This will make it easier. Watch this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZLxPyRdAbY
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Old May 10th, 2016, 08:40 PM   #6
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I've still got to cut all the garbage off it, like the "trailing arms" and headlight mounts. If the beam is too boogered up after that, I'm just gonna replace the whole thing.
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Old May 13th, 2016, 04:11 PM   #7
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Piss on it. Ordered new dropped spindle to dropped spindle unit from Kustom 1. Damn that shipping is expensive.
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