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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-22-2018, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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65 Strut Rods and bushings install??

Oh boy... here goes.

I bought a bushing kit (poly... i know there's some die hard rubber only guys but that's not why im here). My rubber bushings were barely there. So... the passenger rear adjusting nut is about 3/4" of threads showing before the end. Driver about 2". Anyway...

I started with the passenger. Broke the front nut free, took it off, took the two bolts holding the rod to the LCA. Okay... this is where my problem is; As of now, how do i get all of this back together? What step am i missing? Is there something else i need to loosen up? Because if i put the bushing on, i can't line up the 2 holes that go to the LCA. Also.. the rear nut on the passenger strut rod is stuck. I mean STUCK.. some pen oil and heat will probably fix that problem. But for now... what step am i missing? How do i get the strut rod BACK on?

Thanks in advance, y'all.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-22-2018, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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I figure i have the time to do these things while the engine is in the machine shop. As a recently furloughed federal employee... i'm taking advantage of the time off!!

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-22-2018, 11:30 AM
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Have you looked at the Assembly Manual? Do you have a Chassis Service Manual?

Both of these books contain information you need to repair these old cars (the assembly manual has all of the torque values and information as to thread locker chemicals or lubrication to assemble stock parts. The Chassis service manual tells a trained GM Tech what needs to be R&R'd to fix the car.

If you are not a trained GM service tech then books like Chilton's or Motor's Repair manual tell the shade tree mechanic how to remove and replace (R&R) parts (Not necessarily based upon a Chevy, it could talk about a Ford or Chrysler as most cars go together the same way).

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1965-Chevro...NX-rMt&vxp=mtr

https://www.amazon.com/1965-Chevrole.../dp/B00BRKS1J4

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Chiltons-19...-/112306021121

https://www.ebay.com/itm/MOTORS-AUTO...-/231443118356

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Let me see if i can go about this a different way.

i have the Chassis manual, and I've literally followed the directions to a T. Where i'm having issues, is the install portion. I have the rear nut 3/4 of an inch away from bottoming out. I have the rear portion of the bushing on. Where i'm having issues is getting the 2 bolts on the rod that attach to the LCA. They won't line up. I need to either MOVE the LCA back about 2 inches or compress the bushings so tight as to crawl the rod forward. But when i do that, the rod starts to climb UP, and i can't PULL the rod down to marry up with the LCA holes.

The manual just says install both bushings, put the nut on, and THEN attach the rod to the LCA. I don't see how that's humanly possible. Again.. maybe i'm missing something and maybe someone has had the same issue?

Scratching my head fervently over here.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-22-2018, 01:36 PM
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Well I have never replaced the bushings on a 1965 Impala. When My mom owned hers it was brand new. Same for the 1968 Caprice when when she traded in her '65 to buy the more luxurious car.

I have replaced a boat load of bushings on a Chevelle (my brothers) and thirty or so 1967 to '68 Camaros and almost a hundred 1969-'72 Novas. But they are different cars with totally different suspension. I bought a shop press just to press on all of those control arm bushings.

Sorry I am no help.

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I'm not much help either, I paid a cash stricken friend to do mine for me last year.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-23-2018, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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Well, i figured it out.

Bottom line, grab your 17 year old son and have him grab the strut rod as you (Dad) takes your foot, sits on the ground and shoves the LCA back an inch whilst your 17 year old Senior slips the bolt in the hole of the LCA, therefore securing it so you can tighten everything down.

FYI... I'm sure you all know this, but the new strut rod bushings... the "Coned" part of the bushing faces outward. I'm sure that's common knowledge but just thought i'd share that.

Anyway... tightened it all down... gave it the ol' "eyeball test" and it looks pretty even. Once i get the rest of the suspension dialed in and motor back in... i'll take it to Bear Alignment and get it all squared up.

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