Steering, Suspension & Brakes

  1. In Place Parking Brake Handle Replacement

    Tools / materials needed: · Faucet Puller Husky Compression Sleeve and Faucet Puller-63876 - The Home Depot· Roll pin Punch Set Roll Pin Punch Set (9-Piece)-61135 - The Home Depot· 3"x3"x3" block of wood, preferable hard wood like Oak, but Fur or Pine 2x4 will work 1. Cut a block of wood to approximately 3 inches square2. Drill a 7/8 inch diameter hole (or the diameter of your brake handle) all the way through the center from one side, the grain should be perpendicular to the...
  2. Steering Coupler Rebuild "How To"

    Since it regularly comes up I felt it was time to do a write-up on how to rebuild the steering coupler.In my opinion the column needs to be removed from the car to properly rebuild the coupler.For the purpose of this demonstration I'm working with a bare shaft as that is what I had available. Contents of the rebuild kit, the pin on the steering shaft is good so I'm not replacing that (and this column isn't being used), not sure what the tiny pin is for and the roll pin is the one used in...
  3. Refurbishing Upper Control Arms (UCA)

    This how to article is my way of saying thank you to everyone who shares their time, talents and posted on this site. I have benefited so much from your posts I felt it was time I gave back.Upper control arms (UCA)....here we go!I purchased a spare set of small UCA from Craigslist and I’m in the process of refurbishing them. I was told by the seller they would not achieve tourqe on the ball joints. I read on this site where it is commonplace to tackweld loose ball joints to the UCA....
  4. How To: Saginaw Power Steering Pump Rebuild

    Pretty darn simpleMopar in it's natural state Disconnect the battery. ..always. Pull the pump. 2 hoses and 2 bolts. The tensioner bolt goes into a water jacket so prepare for that mess... Now, first pull off the pulley. I bought a Walmart puller - don't. It's crap. It stripped out and never even pulled the pulley. No problem, Walmart gave me my money back. I rented one for free (deposit) at the parts store and the pulley came right off. Picture of the puller I used for my Saginaw pump....
  5. How to Remove and Install the Bushes in the Upper & Lower Control Arms

    Here is a little presentation I done on how to replace the Upper and Lower Control Arm Bushes.This is based on my own experiences and trials of replacing these bushes.Hope all that watches it, benefits from the presentation and walks away a bit wiser. Enjoy.Tom
  6. Finally...LCA bushing videos...

    After years of saying that I would make the videos on the removal and installation of Mopar lower control arm bushings, I finally did. It's only taken five years to get around to it and another two and a half months since I filmed the action to get the edits done. All this while retired, but extremely busy. As somebody once told me, "I can't figure out how I had time to work..."
  7. How to: Dual Brake Circuit System Install on Early A Body

    My 1965 Plymouth Barracuda came with single circuit brakes. Here's how I converted the old girl to dual circuit.
  8. How to Build Modern Traction Bars

    Traction devices have been around for years. Perhaps the best known are the classic "traction bars" that bolt to the bottom of the springs and / or axle. As the axle tries to rotate under acceleration, these bars contact the underside of the spring and help stop the pinion gear from trying to climb the ring gear and in the process provide a modest increase in traction. See figure 1. Although these devices aren't 100% effective they do work pretty well. Figure 1On a street rod or vehicle...
  9. The Kelsey-Hayes Disk Brake Swap Thread

    The Kelsey-Hayes disk brake swap is popular and there is lots of information on FABO about this swap, but I decided to make a post to centralize the information. I am NOT an expert, and there may be things in this post that will need to be corrected. I hope that other FABO members correct anything I get wrong and post any additional information that might be helpful for others doing this swap. I just finished doing this swap so everything is fresh in my mind, so that is why I’m writing this...
  10. How To Replace your Lower Column Bearing: Better and Cheaper!!!

    Ok, so this is for a floor shift column. It can be a formerly column shifted car, but the outer shifting tube has to be removed for this to work.Mopar originally equipped these cars with a lame plastic lower "bushing" for the steering shaft. It doesn't really control the shaft all that well, and it costs like $80 to replace. You know, this dumb thing.. Enter the ER16 flange bearing. It has a 1" inner diameter, and an outer diameter of 52mm. Turns out the column jacket has in inner...
  11. Parking Brake Cable Removal

    I just thought this might help some else out. First you have to unhook all the cables under the driver side floor board, then what I did was use a pair of needle nose pliers and a slid them over the cable where it comes though the floor brace and hit it with a rubber hammer to get the cable back through. Sorry no pics of that part. Then I went under the dash and removed the return spring from the pin. Then I removed the little cotter pin from the same pin that you had removed the spring...
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