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I haven't posted in a while but I've been chipping away at some things slowly. I have been splitting my time between the Vette and a 67 Ford F250. Not sure if I am going to keep the truck so I am doing some stuff to get it roadworthy either for selling or maybe to drive for a while. Anyways I got the differential back in the car today. I don't have a trans jack and the car is pretty high up on jack stands so I used some ratcheting tie down straps to lift the differential and the differential cross member into place. I used a long threaded rod to lift the front differential mount into place as I ratcheted it up into position. New rubber bushings on the cross member and also the front differential mount. I also used the press to flare the spring cups onto the freshly painted leaf spring. I used a tapered impact socket seen in the picture to start the flare and then switched to a larger socket to flatten it down. The cups were already primed so I just had to mask off the end of the spring and hit it with a little Eastwood Spray Gray.
 

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Making some progress. Almost ready to install the new bearings in the trailing arms. I have the races installed and I measured the end play and selected the shims that I am going to use. The parking brake threaded stud was not included in the hardware kit so I had to de-rust them and paint them. Waiting for the primer to dry and then I'll hit them with some paint before installing. Everything is refurbished except for the trailing arms themselves. I ended up buying new ones for both sides because the ones that I took off seemed to be bent.
 

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looks good , just make sure you torque those nuts down ! not good if they come loose !!!

Do you have a press for the bearings ?
 

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Nuts are all torqued down. I have a press to install the bearings. I just need to locate some iron pipe that is the right size so that I can press on the outer bearing on the spindle. I have all of the original lug nut studs that I pressed out of the spindles. Should I clean them up and reuse them or buy all new ones? I was going to buy all new but I've been reading that the new ones that are out there are not the same quality as the originals.
 

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I have never heard any complaints from using new ones , but I never looked for any comments about the subject. I put new axles from Zip corvette in my 77 , they came with studs already on them , never really took much notice of them after and never had a problem and that's been down the drag strip a few times as well. No big burn outs or such ,but as hard a take off as you can get without spinning the normal type tyres. Just a bit of fun .

I think the Moroso ones are a good quality , I've got the 1/2 inch ones for another project .

As for a pipe , yeah I was lucky enough to find some steam pipe that has the right internal dia. I had to get the external turned down a bit . (which reminds me I lent it to someone , thanks for the reminder :laughing:)
 

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Well, I'm back at it and working on the leaf spring. I had previously installed the original 10 leaf spring that was in the car and the car was sitting way too high. I know that it will settle some when I drive it but it was way up and I don't think it will settle that much. I bought a good used 9 leaf spring so it's back to restoring this new spring. I sandblasted the smaller sections that would fit in my blast cabinet and the longer sections got cleaned up with a sanding flap disk. A coat of primer and I am using the Rustoleum Cold Galvanizing Gray that is on the shelf at the Home Depot. The new liners and center bolt arrived yesterday. Should have the old spring out and the new one in early this week.
 

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I pushed forward today with some more work. Rebuilt rear calipers with new pads are in and the parking brake cable is secured. The spring is all painted and the spring cups are crimped on. Just have to assemble the spring tomorrow and install it and that will finish the rear suspension work. Next up will be a complete restoration of the front suspension, brakes, steering, etc.
 

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Got the correct muffler hangers, differential heat shield, and cat converter heat shield installed. The rear is all torqued down and now it's time to move on to tearing the front apart.
 

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We've had some real hot days this summer so I've had to do work early in the morning and late in the day when the sun goes down. The front suspension is torn apart and I've been cleaning and painting all of the parts. Getting ready to start reassembly. The control arms are all done. Blasted, painted, new bushings, and ball joints, ready to go back in.
 

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all that cleanup and painting is a real chore, but now comes the fun part! Looks like you're doing a damn fine job. Keep it up!
 

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Thank You. I find the cleaning and painting of all of the parts frustrating at times but also very rewarding when the part is restored from a rusty piece of junk to a like new part. I was trying to keep all of the bolts , washers, and bolts separate but it got away from me. I've begun to just thrown them into the degreaser, rust removal solution, then prime and paint them. I then organize them by size/type into zip bags and look up the type of fasteners in the A.I.M. or parts number diagrams when it's time to reassemble the part. If I had to do it all over again I would buy a tumbler and just batch clean everything. Well I shouldn't say "if I had to do it again", after this car is done I can see getting another one and starting the process all over again. It's just what wel do isn't it?
 

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Lots of work completed this past summer/fall. I got the new core support and radiator installed. Had to elongate the upper holes in the core support to get the radiator mount brackets to line up. Getting cold out there so my work is going to slow down unless I can get the garage insulated soon. here is the old incorrect core support and the new correct one installed.
 

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