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'70½ BBG Gremlin begins it's journey to rebirth

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Parts are at my buddies' shop getting new bushings pressed in.  Should be back this week.  Then the fun begins.
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This has nothing to do with paint....but that short heater hose that goes from the valve to the core...Order Dayco hose 80402...Its longer than what is necessary, but dead on with a molded 90 degree bend...They are available on e=bay, Rock Auto..enter number in search and not AMC...Cut it the right length and its perfect...

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Gonna be fantastic! 
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Finally!! Some progress.   Got the uppers back today from my mechanic. He pressed them while I waited.  Two weeks + to press in some bushings is a little much.  It's funny, at the outset of this, I considered buying the bushing tool to do this myself.  After having to pay a shop hourly for removal and installation.... I could have bought the tool AND an upright hydraulic press. LOL  Lesson learned!
(Nothing against the shop I use, they DO get busy sometimes and if you're patient like me, you do sometimes get pushed to the side.  But the work they do is generally really good.)

Only one picture today. Everything together and ready to be assembled!


It's 35°C in my shop right now. Think I'll wait until the sun goes down before I begin reassembly.

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It was so Hot yesterday.

"How hot was it?"


It was so Hot yesterday....   the cat melted. LOL


This morning, we actually had to turn on the air conditioning.  Gotta love Canada.  Frigid winters, sweltering summers.

It's only 30°C in the shop right now, so I managed to get some reassembly done.  Had to wait a few extra days to get one matching lower balljoint. I ordered all the parts years ago from Rock Auto. You think they'd send me identical lower ball joints??  Nah.  Uppers, yes.  Lowers? Not a chance.  I know I'm being pedantic, but if I've gone this far, everything should match.   Here's another example of "Ain't it fun living in Canada?  Rock Auto price on a lower ball joint is $27 + shipping. Lordco (local parts chain) wanted $94!  I almost walked away but luckily the parts guy I normally deal with did whatever he did to knock $30 off that. 



Put the passenger side together loosely just to see if I could remember how everything goes....



And just a quick shot of the underside to show the steering/sway bar, etc.  Could not locate a new replacement pitman arm. So, I just cleaned up and repainted my "old" one.  It's not the original one to the car - I seem to recall replacing it a few years ago and the car hasn't seen much mileage at all in the last decade. It's tight, should be fine.



Eventually, I'll pull the engine for a full cleaning and detailing. For now it'll just have to do. Of course, I said that about my Humpster, too.... and well, 20 years later it still hasn't been done.  I gotta save a few projects for the future! Wink

One thing I am really digging, though not that it matters much - but for future ball joint replacement, it's just a bolt-in process.  No more drilling rivets or having to remove control arms. Should one wear out, wouldn't take more than an hour to replace one now.



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