Hey Dana,dana44 said:Moog is right in the middle, although TRW does make good bearings and spacecraft parts, only TRW part I ever had a problem with was a camshaft back in the late 70s, it was bent, otherwise, a safe brand.
Have decided to go with Spicer/Raybestos Professional Grade Tie Rod Ends, and Upper & Lower Ball Joints. Am having a bit of a problem finding the Raybestos Professional Grade Lower Ball Joints. Have gone to the Raybestos Webpage and done a "Contact Us" query about 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Raybestos Professional Grade Lower Ball Joint Parts Number. They are supposed to get back to me ASAP. We will see.
Am going to have to REALLY familiarize myself about how to do this before actually attempting to do the deed.dana44 said:Yes, the U bolts on the springs is very similar to the spring compressor, just easier to get a couple in there and tighten down than the long rods and big hooks sometimes.
The 1964 Ford and Mercury Shop Manual has a procedure list on how to do this also, but they don't have the vehicle up on a lift. They have it where the Tires are 8" off the floor, and the Jack they use is a Floor Jack.dana44 said:A couple weeks ago they actually showed a 1960 Ford Galaxy 500 having the springs put in and out and cut to lower the car on Fast and Loud, they had it on a lift and used a transmission extension jack from the floor to the lower control arm, removed the bolts at the frame, then lowered the jack nice and slow, twice, and no spring fling or damage coming out or going in.
This ought to be pretty interesting.
Have gotten the ENTIRE Steering Linkage disassembled, and almost everything cleaned up to where it looks like NEW parts. Will be taking everything to Chassis Services and having them remove the OLD Bushings and install the NEW Bushings in the Center Link Idler End, and the Idler Arm Bracket. While all the stuff is there, am going to see if they will inspect/test the Tie Rods to see if their Ball Joints are alright. If they aren't am going to have to replace the ENTIRE Tie Rod. Also, am going to have them inspect/test the Center Link to see if its Ball Joint is alright. If it isn't will have to replace the Center Link.
The next step in this caper is to remove the Brake Assemblies, disassemble, clean, paint, reassemble and then reinstall them after the Ball Joints are replaced.
Will keep you all updated on progress, if and when any occurs.