1969 Imperial progress thread

Imperial

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    vdk2010 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Are the upper control arm bushing meant to be a loose slip fit?!

    The Originals were pressed on

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    The Driver Side Lower Quarter Panel is done. It was pretty bad but came out great.

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    The Driver Side Wheel Well was made completely new from scratch because it was mangled pretty bad and was rusted thin.

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    Both combined makes a pretty nice Driver Side Side Wall! :)

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    Meanwhile, 200km north:

    The assembled Lower Control Arms look sharp! :)

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    I have to wipe my chin all the time ,because all the drool..:rofl:
     
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    Just for whom this is interesting. It seems like its supposed to be "loose" like this. I managed to remove one of the old bushings from my old control arms intact and it fits exactly like the new one.

     
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    vdk2010 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    This was the last batch for the time being.

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    300rag Waiting out the storm FCBO Gold Member

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    That's a good thing! I'm out of "old" parts now. :D
     
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    I bought brand new Inner (Rare Parts 25479) and outer (Rare Parts 25435) Tie Rod Ends from Rare Parts, got them painted and assemblem them with new Proforged billet adjustrment smeeves.

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    The Upper Control Arms were a bit more tedious to assemble, but in the end, everything went together pretty nice!

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    I tried everything to separate them from the spindles but in the end, the only way was to cut the ball joint off in order to be able to press them out of the spindles.
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    After media blasting, I dumped them into an acid derusting bath for pore-deep derusting (like every single other part I restored)
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    Then they got media blasted again...
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    ... before they went to get zinc plated.
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    With a fresh coat of chassis paint, they were ready for assembly.
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    New Bushings (Rare Parts 15136) took place of the old ones.
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    Pressing them in was not that easy because the control arm is quite bulky...
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    Do NOT attempt to press the bushings in like this, it will bent the control arm!
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    In the end, I managed to press all 4 of them in with just minor scratches :O
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    They installed on the car easily! Everything still has to be tightened to spec but I will do that when I'm sure it doesn't have to come apart again.
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    Ball joints screwed in easily as well and are already torqued down to 160ft·lb (FSM says min. 150ft·lb)
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    To install the UCAs I had to install their brackets first:

    They got the same treatment of media blasting, acid, zinc and paint as the other parts. I was albe to reuse all the original hardware, I replaced only the nuts and washers because they are available cheap.
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    The spindles came from my 72 donor car bacause I will swap over the complete Kelsey Hayes brakesystem onto my 69.

    They were not very rusty, just packed with 50 years of dirt and grease.

    In the end they looked just like all the other parts :)

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    Last but not least for this round of work, the Strud Rods.

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    Looks amazing Julian!:thumbsup:
     
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    I can only say it again and again: That is truly amazing job you're doing!
     
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    I just leave that here to speak for itself :)

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