Hello and thanks for the add. I am the proud owner of a 66 2 door coupe with alot of questions. I am in the beginning of a complete body off resto for the 2nd time in 30 years. Look forward to the wisdom and knowledge of my fellow impala owners
Bear with me as i learn this site. Took me awhile just to figure out how to post. My 1st qusetion in a line of many is i am redoing my 66 frame. Complete teardown and rebuild. When replacing bushings in the front and rear control arms do the outer sleeves need removed ?? I am finding bushings online with a note to reuse the sleeves but the OEM moog bushings appear to have the outer sleeves with them as one unit. Thanks
Yes, remove the current outer sleeves. Burn out the bushings with a torch and then beat the small flange of the sleeve inwards with a metal punch. Do this around the diameter of the sleeve and then remove it. If I remember correctly, the new bushings will be bonded to the new sleeve and have to be installed as an assembly.
1968 Impala SS
You can buy a cheap Chinese pres for around $100 at Harbor Freight. Just be sure to place a socket between the flanges of the control arm to prevent the flanges being crushed as you press in a new bushing.
I put the new bushings in the freezer overnight and then used the aforementioned torch to heat up the control arms. I was then able to basically beat them in with a piece of a 2x4 and a 5lb sledgehammer. Not elegant, but it worked.