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Old Jan 28, 2013, 06:50 PM
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Ha, I will give you that! My wife sets here alignment everyday.....
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:07 PM
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Money well-spent, especially if you've done front end work. It's just not cost-effective to buy a new Hunter alignment rack! A car can go perfectly straight done the road and be severely out-of-alignment. The first clue is when you wear out front tires in half the time. At the cost of tires nowadays, it's too big of a chance. Some shops offer the no-adjustment= no charge (with a print out shows specs, adjustments made, etc.)
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:14 PM
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Not as big of a scam as headlight alignment
I'll call you on that and raise you a "nitrogen fill".
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:18 PM
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I'll call you on that and raise you a "nitrogen fill".
Oh my gosh, dont even get me started on that racquet.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:20 PM
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I had the same basic GM A-body car, a 71 Skylark.

Re-did the front suspension myself when I was around 22 or so.

New lower ball joints, new bushings, new tie rods, new shocks, and new sway bar links and bushings.

Took the lower A-arms out the whole way, removed the ball joints with a sledgehammer, and a friend of my dad pressed the new ball joints into the A-arms with a small hydraulic press and a deepwell socket
I have a balljoint press, I can change the joints without removing the control arms. The book pays 2.4 hours a side.

I can do it in 90 minutes per side... While I get book to do the job, I can mak 4.8 hours in about 3 hours maybe less. I have been at it 32 years I have a few shortcuts...
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:28 PM
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I'll call you on that and raise you a "nitrogen fill".
I use a "Mixed gas" in my tires. Mostly nitrogen, then oxygen with a little greenhouse gas mixed in.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:36 PM
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I have a balljoint press, I can change the joints without removing the control arms. The book pays 2.4 hours a side.

I can do it in 90 minutes per side... While I get book to do the job, I can mak 4.8 hours in about 3 hours maybe less. I have been at it 32 years I have a few shortcuts...
How long would it take you to replace the front struts on a car and reuse the old springs on the new struts ?.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:42 PM
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How long would it take you to replace the front struts on a car and reuse the old springs on the new struts ?.
Never reuse the springs, replace it all if you're going to replace the struts. They make "Quick struts" that are reasonably price and install quickly.

RC which BJ press do you have? I have the snappy unit, it's sweet. I waited years before I bought an A frame bushing press, wish I'd done it years ago.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:46 PM
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How long would it take you to replace the front struts on a car and reuse the old springs on the new struts ?.
Depending on the car 30 minutes to 1 hour... thats both sides. I have a pnumatic strut compressor... Getting the strut out and changed is easy, sometimes the holes don't want to line up on the top of the steering knuckle and that sometimes slows the process sometimes. (The lower control arm bushings and swaybar can add to the force needed for getting them back in...
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:48 PM
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Never reuse the springs, replace it all if you're going to replace the struts. They make "Quick struts" that are reasonably price and install quickly.

RC which BJ press do you have? I have the snappy unit, it's sweet. I waited years before I bought an A frame bushing press, wish I'd done it years ago.
Snap-on...
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:51 PM
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I have gotten a bit upset with snap-on lately... I have had replacement tools that look like Stanley... I don't think they were made HERE. This was a 3/8 ratchet and a 1/4 inch ratchet..
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 08:04 PM
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I use a "Mixed gas" in my tires. Mostly nitrogen, then oxygen with a little greenhouse gas mixed in.
That probably costs a fortune to make.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 08:10 PM
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I shot a strut spring out of the fixture years ago, think it was a cadillac strut, didnt quite fit the press....boy thats 1 spring you dont want flying around the shop! Still got all my front end tools in garage collecting dust....been years since I pulled them out, they will prolly never be used agian, I dont work on my cars anymore, no patience left after working on heavy equipment over the years
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 08:16 PM
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That probably costs a fortune to make.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 09:36 PM
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I dont work on my cars anymore, no patience left after working on heavy equipment over the years
I don't either but this car is special to me ,, I enjoy working on it ..

A chevy impalaSS chase on the highway u MUST SEE! (5 min 11 sec)
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