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I spent the day working on the lower arms. Like always, I don't
want to spend the money for store bought arms, so I made my
own. These are photos of the finished arms. I will do a "How To"
soon. It was not as hard as I thought. I cut the hole in the arm
with a hole saw on the drill press. The sleeve was slid in and
welded, and the bearing was pressed into it. I put two small
collars on each side to hold the bearing, and spot welded them
in place. The boxing of the bottom is just a piece of 1/8" plate.
I started the project with new Moog lower arms. The spacers
are the only part I had to have made.


This photo showes the spherical bearing and the spacers I used to fit the arm to the car.
http://home.earthlink.net/~myradpc/_uimages/larm0.jpg

This is the top of the arm to show how the spacers take up the space where the stock bushing goes.
http://home.earthlink.net/~myradpc/_uimages/larm2.jpg


The boxing of the bottom. The hole is where the sway bar end-link goes.
http://home.earthlink.net/~myradpc/_uimages/larm3.jpg

This is for our '65 coup. I have been runing stock lower arms
with poly bushings. Not sure how much this will help, but I
had a good time building them.
 

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67 coupe, 69 Sportsroof, 86 hatchback
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Some nice work! I'll be looking forward to your how-to. I've been kicking around a similar idea, but your method looks simpler and likely stronger than what I was thinking of. You don't mind if I pirate your design do you? ::
 
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