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    Posted: Mar/28/2021 at 2:51pm
Question: What holds the trunnion and spring assembly in place when the shock is unbolted from the lower control arm? 
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The rubber bumper, or what's left of it, bolted onto the upper arm behind the spring. It acts as the spacer and stiffener for the upper arm.


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Thanks Tom. Missed those somehow. I knew something had to be holding things in place! FYI, finally got the other shock removed. It was a mother. The through bolt was rusted fast in the bushings, which are now toast from my extraction process. But the control arms are ok.
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Yeah, they are big-a** bolts, torqued to 80 ft/lbs. Rusted in place, I can imagine! Sadly? dunno... not had the pleasure, since every one I've seen had a 1/2" bolt in there.


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There should be a big spacer in the lower shock mount, usually aluminum. I guess you have to cut through the bolt and spacer to get the shock out? That spacer is a main support for the lower arms, so you'll need to obtain or make another with similar dimensions. Has to be thick side walls for the support.
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I got better, corrected, information on the spacer and such in the lower arms. 

It's not really a spacer, it's a stiffener. It is a critical suspension component, you really should not drive the car, AT ALL, without that correct-width stiffener in the lower arm. You WILL ruin the lower arms.

I gave you that kit, right? It solves this dilemma completely.

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1961 Roadster American, 195.6 OHV, T5
1968 American, 199ci, T14
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