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1955 Ford Upper and Lower Control Arm Removal

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tvtech02
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1955 Ford Upper and Lower Control Arm Removal

Post #1 by tvtech02 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:36 pm

Hello guys. Just wondering if any of you have removed the lower and upper control arms on a 1955 ford.Mine is a stationwagon but I'm pretty sure cars are the same. I have a pretty good idea on the removal process but I hear conflicting stories on it.Some say to use a spring compresser to remove the spring and others say that the spring can be removed by disconnecting the lower ball joint assembly and the stabilizer bar and than while holding the lower control arm with a floor jack,just lower the arm down and the spring will come out. So, yes I am confused.I know that the spring is under a lot of tension so I want to make sure I do it right and not get hurt by the spring. Can any of you tell me for sure if I need a spring compressor tool to remove the spring? Thanks for your help with this project.
PS What I want to do is replace the lower and upper bushings .Do I have to remove both arms to do this job?

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Re: 1955 Ford Upper and Lower Control Arm Removal

Post #2 by bubba22349 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:37 pm

tvtech02 wrote:Hello guys. Just wondering if any of you have removed the lower and upper control arms on a 1955 ford.Mine is a stationwagon but I'm pretty sure cars are the same. I have a pretty good idea on the removal process but I hear conflicting stories on it.Some say to use a spring compresser to remove the spring and others say that the spring can be removed by disconnecting the lower ball joint assembly and the stabilizer bar and than while holding the lower control arm with a floor jack,just lower the arm down and the spring will come out. So, yes I am confused.I know that the spring is under a lot of tension so I want to make sure I do it right and not get hurt by the spring. Can any of you tell me for sure if I need a spring compressor tool to remove the spring? Thanks for your help with this project.
PS What I want to do is replace the lower and upper bushings .Do I have to remove both arms to do this job?


Yes it can be done severial different ways. I always use a spring compressor as a safety then lower the lower control arm. As to if you need to remove both arms it depends, if the uppers still have the orginal ball joints that are revet'ed in than its easier to remove them so you can cut off the revet's heads and drive them out. If your replacing the upper shafts then you will be better off pulling them out. Good luck :thumbup: :nod:
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Re: 1955 Ford Upper and Lower Control Arm Removal

Post #3 by tvtech02 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:29 pm

Thank you bubba for your help. I am going to see if I can rent a spring compressor so that I can remove the spring. I am hoping that Oreillys or autozone have one for rent. I saw one on amazon this morning that looks like its pretty safe to use.It has safety pins for both top and bottom clamps so it won't slip off the coil.

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