1963 Lincoln Upper Control Arm Bushings/shaft

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1963 Lincoln Upper Control Arm Bushings/shaft

Postby Minnesota1970! » Mon Sep 06, 2021 4:01 pm

Hi,
Ready to put my upper control arm back together.
Everything I've read is that the bushings need to go in with a bushing press. But I don't think I'll have enough room/clearance to install the shaft if I install the bushings first. I don't think that threading the bolts in the ends of the shafts should help install the bushings as the bushing are so tight in the arm. I can't remember in the removal process if there is enough clearance to take the shaft out while the bushings are still in the arm.
Any tricks to installing the upper arm bushings and shaft?
Jim
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Re: 1963 Lincoln Upper Control Arm Bushings/shaft

Postby frasern » Mon Sep 06, 2021 8:21 pm

I have not done this yet, however, I believe the shop manual shows them being pressed in one at a time, with the cross shaft in place (special Ford tool). I'm Going on memory, not near the manual at the moment. I would support the space between the bushings, to avoid bending the arms inward, or at least measure before and after.
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Re: 1963 Lincoln Upper Control Arm Bushings/shaft

Postby LithiumCobalt » Tue Sep 07, 2021 5:59 am

Must have a press to do it. I paid someone to do it for me locally. Was about $50 to all of the lower and upper bushings. Make damn sure that the shaft and the arm are oriented correctly before assembly. The shaft is biased rather than uniform. And while the arm may bolt in both ways, only one way is correct.
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Re: 1963 Lincoln Upper Control Arm Bushings/shaft

Postby Minnesota1970! » Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:54 pm

Thanks all.
Looking at the shop manual one bushing goes in then the shaft and the other bushing goes in. The typical bushing press won't work as it will need to go around the shaft for the press process. Any special tools you know of to do the second bushing? Liking the idea of having a shop press them!
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Re: 1963 Lincoln Upper Control Arm Bushings/shaft

Postby LithiumCobalt » Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:19 am

Going to have to get creative. Ford had a Rotunda tool for such an operation back in the day, but good luck finding one now. Likely have to make something out of pipe.
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Re: 1963 Lincoln Upper Control Arm Bushings/shaft

Postby frasern » Wed Sep 08, 2021 11:24 am

If not pressing them yourself, maybe have a shop which is familiar with alignment work, perhaps the one where you will be having the final alignment done.
I like the idea of cutting a 2x2 to fit tightly between the ears, outside the shaft, to use for added support during the process, but the shop may not need that, if they have the correct tool.
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