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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-25-2014, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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'69 Front Drum Brakes Steering Knuckle

Im having an issue getting the steering knuckles off of my car. Can anyone give me a pointer.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-25-2014, 07:24 PM
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I am distressed not to see a safety chain wrapped around your coil spring.

Well in the second photo I see that you have one off. You just need a pickle fork and a BFH to remove it the rest of the way now. They come in three different sizes for American made cars, I think your ball joints are either three quarters inch at the base of the taper or seven eighths; but the forks are cheap, and you will find a use for all three at some point in time.

I use mine with an air hammer as I am not as coordinated as I used to be, so my swinging a ten pound engineering hammer could result in either broken bones, or serious sheet metal damage.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-25-2014, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Im taking apart the whole front end. Would it be easier if I went ahead and disconnected the shock in the coil spring?
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-25-2014, 09:26 PM
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Not until the steering knuckles are off the car the springs are being held in place by the shocks holding the A-arms together. Once the steering knuckles are off the car jack the lower A-arm up to compress the spring enough to allow you ro remove the fasteners and drop the shocks. The springs may pop out at that time if not after noting their orientation (spring stub in pocket , or the coil oriented in the groove) because they go back in the same way. Upside down or turned ninety degrees out and it will be a pain to get back together.

There is a lot of energy stored in those springs, even as worn out as they may be. Be careful.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-28-2014, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Im having trouble getting the knuckle off of the bottom ball joint. Any tips on that? The pickle fork just wouldnt cut it.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-28-2014, 07:11 PM
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Heat it up then rapidly cool it. A blast of Freon works, but the ecology says to use recycled water instead.

That will usually get any stubborn part separated.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-29-2014, 05:58 AM
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I usually whack the knuckle with a large hammer next to the ball joint.
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