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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-03-2018, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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'68 Front Lower Control Arm Question

Please forgive me if this is in the wrong forum, but I have a question regarding the front lower control arms on my '68 Custom. I am rebuilding the suspension and found that my assembly manual calls for 2 "caps" that go on the ends of the lower control arm bushing. When I pulled it all apart, there were only one on each side. I'm assuming that they act like shims to keep the control arm from moving back and forth in the frame pocket.

My question is, where can I find these and, if they're not available use a 3/4" flat grade 8 washer instead?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-04-2018, 08:35 AM
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Hopefully when you pulled the old bushings out you didn't throw them away - I did and had to go rooting through the trash to get them back. The caps look like part of the bushing assembly but are not. You'll have to pry them out, straighten them, and reinstall them in the new bushings. I was unable to find new replacements.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-04-2018, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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I still have the old bushings, there was one cap on each side. I've contacted a couple of wrecking yards that specialize in older cars, but unfortunately couldn't locate any.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-04-2018, 01:00 PM
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I seen to remember a smaller one on the rear and a larger one on the front of the bushing assembly. Just double check so they don't end up in the trash. They have a textured flange that I guess keeps them in place and the bushing pivots around them as the CA moves. I think the labor a scrap yard would charge to get those out wouldn't be worth it. Might try eBay but you'll have to dig deep.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-08-2018, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks Guys, I was able to find a guy locally that had some.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-14-2018, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Well, I don't know how you do it, but there was no way I was able to get the control arm back into the frame pocket with both caps installed on the bushing. Is there a specific method to do it?
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-04-2018, 06:12 PM
 
 
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I also need to find some of these caps but for a 66, they should be the same though. Any chance you could point me in the direction of where you found them? As it is right now I'm debating on trying to bore out a set for a Nova as those are easy to find for 2.99, but they have a smaller hole, or trying to find someone to machine me some. Also, does anyone know if there are other cars or trucks that used the same size of cap that I could search for?
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post #8 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-04-2018, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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I have 1 of the large size left. I know it's only one of 4,but it's yours if you want it.
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