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Ball Joints - 1962 Special

Post by Capt. B on Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:03 am

Anyone got the part numbers for the upper/lowers? Like a part number I can use at NAPA, AutoZone, etc.?

Thanks.

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Post by regal81455 on Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:06 am

Hope this was meant to be a bad joke lol -- in all seriousness though GL finding a store that has off-the-shelf ball joints for our compacts BUT I can offer the following info.

#1 -- There are two types of lower ball joints -- threaded or pressed-in. You need to determine which you have before replacing. Easy to tell -- the top of the joint ( in this case the bottom side of the LCA ) will either have a hex head or be round -- if it's the hex head then it's the threaded version. My lowers were the pressed in kind -- if you don't have BJ press and need one -- borrow it from AZ or similar chain parts house.

#2 -- Part #s are as follows:

UBJ -- GM 5675725
LBJ ( THREADED ) -- MOOG K593
LBJ ( PRESSED ) -- GM 1396309

That should help you figure out which direction to go -- just a little google time and you'll have some options to work with.

#3 -- I purchased repros for PST as part of a full front end rebuild using their parts -- so far fairly happy with them and the price was reasonable. http://p-s-t.com/

Rare parts and OPGI have BJ offerings as well.

#4 -- Please note the "threaded" BJs are not really threaded per se -- they have raised ridges on them but I had to be informed that the threads cut themselves when reinstalling so don't be concerned if it doesn't seem to be threading properly when turning them in -- just make sure they go in straight and then bottom out on the CA and get snug. If a little loose for some reason a few tack-welds wouldn't be unreasonable to feel more confident in the retention.

#5 -- FYI - One thing that I noticed that may not necessarily be the case with other manufacturers but was with the PST threaded BJ was the hex head was an ODD size hex -- I ended up having to wrap the head in electrical tape and mash the slightly loose socket on it to get it to grab once things started getting tight.

GL with the replacement -- and if I might suggest you should consider a front spring swap while you have the BJs separated.

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Post by Capt. B on Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:21 pm

Ok thanks for the info, I purchased the set up from PST, we'll see how it goes. My joints are press in so it should work out ok.

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Post by regal81455 on Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:31 pm

Your welcome -- please give us an update after install!!

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Post by Capt. B on Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:47 pm

regal81455 wrote:Your welcome -- please give us an update after install!!

Bought the kit, will advise when the install is complete.

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