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Wudro 04-02-2016 09:11 PM

Looking good John! Thanks for the posts and pictures. They will help me to do the same in the near future...

V-John 04-03-2016 02:04 PM

Weather was beautiful today, so I went ahead and got the tank installed. A little dusty, but it matches the mufflers!

V-John 04-21-2016 08:14 PM

The car came with 1 key for the ignition and 1 for the trunk. Neither worked the doors. For the trunk, you had to keep turning the key back and forth until it finally opened. The driver's door lock was missing the door lock lever.

Looking for new locks and cylinders, I found a complete set on eBay for $58.60 with free shipping:

The doors and trunk were pretty easy to swap out. The ignition took a little more time, trying to finagle the ignition out from behind the dash due to all of the wires. The old ignition cylinder was worn to where the key wouldn't stay in the ACC position for the radio. Actually, the cylinder fell apart when I got it out.

tbird430 05-18-2016 11:49 AM

I see your Square used to have a hitch on back. My bird had BOTH door lock forks broken & laying inside the doors!! :p

-Jon in TX.

V-John 05-23-2016 05:55 PM

I wasn't aware the car had a hitch on it before.

My driver-side door lock fork was missing. The passenger-side was laying on the thick layer of desert Vegas dust inside the door.

tbird430 05-24-2016 05:50 PM

That center "bolt" hole is required to mount a bolt-on hitch plate. Most guys install a "dummy" bumper bolt back in its place to hide it- after the hitch is removed...

-Jon in TX.:cool:

V-John 08-12-2016 12:32 AM

Back in June I decided to get started on replacing worn out/broken suspension and steering parts. Some photos of things I've done:

Sway bar brackets not so square:

This right side either ran over a curb or dropped down into a deep hole. Not only is the coil spring broke, but the 2 bolts that mount the upper control arm to the frame were bent. Notice how many shims are used for alignment.

simplyconnected 08-12-2016 04:53 AM

Beautiful job, John. The final product looks exactly like it came from the factory. The sign of a great restoration is when it doesn't look like it was restored.

Everyone knows spring steel cannot be welded. Sure enough, the break is right next to the weld...

There are upper "A" arm bumpers that are easier installed after the ball joints are assembled to the spindle.

Keep your bushing bolts loose until the car is sitting LEVEL so you don't hyper-extend the urethane. Don't tighten with the front wheels hanging. If you don't have a pit, put the front wheels on ramps with stands in the rear, THEN tighten the bushing bolts.

I wouldn't worry too much about alignment shims being un-equal on top but make sure you have the bottom 'A' arm shims in (according to your Shop Manual).

My '59 Galaxie requires one spindle to be loose before I can mount the sway bar because it fits inside the lower arm. Yours may be the same.

You're doing a great job, John. The handling will be much better with new bushings. - Dave

V-John 08-13-2016 09:02 PM

Thanks for the words of wisdom, Dave.

I could've paid a local street rod shop $500 to install all of my parts, but I doubt they would've spent the time to clean and paint everything. I've learned to use tools like a bushing press, and a pickle fork.

Plus, I'll be able to say, "Yep. I did it all myself".

V-John 09-27-2016 07:18 PM

Other than my alignment appointment on Friday, everything is done for steering and front suspension. I took it for a short drive to check it out and was relieved when pulling into the driveway that there were no more CLUNKS and CREAKS when turning in. None of the power steering hoses, power ram, or control valve leaked.

The next step is driving it to my dad's shop so we can drop the transmission and get that fixed. And finally, new leaf springs after that.

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