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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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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
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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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
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 03:12 PM
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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.

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T56 Conversion
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 03:29 PM
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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.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 03:35 PM
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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.
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1968 Impala SS
496 Stroker
T56 Conversion
3.73 Posi-Trac
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-16-2019, 12:05 PM
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Welcome to the site!


Share some pictures of what you are starting off with when you have time!

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/blog.php?u=1432
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