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Old 06-07-2006, 11:58 PM
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Default Front end rebuild - one side at a time?

Hello all.

I've purchased a fromt end rebuild kit from Kanter as well as a set of gas shocks. I was planning on putting it all on this summer, but the thought of having the old 'Bird up on jacks all summer instead of out cruising has got me scheming. I'm thinking this is more of a winter project, when I can't drive the car anyway.

Here's the rub. My 2 car garage is tight. In order to get the minivan in with the 'Bird, the old gal has got to be up against the wall. Leaving the van out all winter is not a valid option as I won't ask my wife to scrape windows and deal with snow. So, I was ondering. Can I do this one side at a time? That's the only way I could do it over the winter, one side against the wall while I work on the other. Once that side's done, turn the car around and do the other one.

What do you think, am I crazy? Should I just bite the bullet and do it this summer?
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Old 06-08-2006, 11:59 AM
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You can do it now and enjoy it.

You can do one side at over the winter. I see nothing wrong with that.

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Old 06-09-2006, 02:49 PM
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I have my front end off the car, I don't think it will be that bad to put it back together. I think at the most it will take an afternoon to do it.
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Old 06-15-2006, 12:53 PM
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Finally getting back to this, thanks for the help.

Are you saying that this isn't as big a job as I'm fearing so I can get it done and enjoy it this summer? I've heard all the horror stories and I figure this will be a long project. I've also got to rebuild the power steering cylinder & replace the hoses as it leaks like crazy. I figured I'd have it up in the air all summer long, so might as well wait until fall or winter.

BTW - Getting it back together doesn't sound bad, it's the getting it apart that I'm concerned about. Rusty bolts that haven't been apart in 45+ years ...
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Old 06-15-2006, 01:21 PM
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It is not a particularly hard job, but those front springs can be dangerous. They hold a large load, and can become projectiles when suddenly unloaded. Use only known quality spring compressors. Do not use cheap imported spring compressors. They will not hold.

If you have any doubts about doing this, bring it to a professional mechanic, preferably one that has experience with old cars.

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I have no doubts about doing it, just concerned the summer will slip away while I've got the 'bird up on stands. :-) I've changed struts, springs & ball joints on my old Escort as well as many other big projects (clutches, timing belts, full brake jobs, etc.). Other than the springs being heavier, it's a similar job.

I have thought about checking in with a mechanic to see what they'd charge, just to see. I'm alergic to spending money on stuff I know I can do, though, so I doubt I'll do that.

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You may want to check to see if you have the original ball-joints. This is what (to me) was frustrating.......grinding off pressed in ball joints. I say enjoy it all summer.........then "Rip her apart" when its cool.
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