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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-12-2014, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
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66Vert Sway Bar Link issues

So, I am driving last night and suddenly I hear a klanging noise and then something drops and rolls across the road! Luckily I had my frined in the car an dhe is a Ford Certified Mechanic! we wne tback and picked up the part. I lost a sway bar link on the fron driver side.

He told me to buy a new set for the front (Both sides)

My question is to all you Galaxie lovers is... What else should I replace at the same time? I am thinking that if I am proactive, I will be safer later on!

Any advice is welcome...
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Re: 66Vert Sway Bar Link issues

If it were me, I'd check all the suspension components while you're at it. It's not hard to check and it doesn't take long. A ball joint isn't something you want to break while you're driving down the road..... ask me how I know. The sway links are usually put on with a nylon insert nut which usually don't ever come undone on their own. Did the link break? If it's that worn, or someone used bolts/nuts not intended for that purpose, who knows what else you'll find. Take the extra half hour or so to find out.
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Re: 66Vert Sway Bar Link issues

You can probably replace that link, and a pair of shock absorbers, if necessary, without jacking the car up. On the ground, you could measure how much space you have between the tire and the ball joint so you can start thinking about new fat wheels and tires.

If you do jack it up, get someone to turn the wheel while you look at the pitman arm, the idler arm and the tie rod ends to see if they operate smoothly. Take off the front wheels and drums and inspect the brakes. Also inspect the rubber hoses to the brakes and consider replacing them if they are 40 years old. Might as well repack the bearings while you are in there.

Then give it a grease job. Probably there are plugs in most of the grease holes, take them off, put in a zerk and fill till you see grease oozing out somewhere. There is grease hole on the center link that is tough to get at with the gun, you will need a 90 degree zerk for that one.

Also, look at the studs holding the exhaust pipes to the manifold, maybe they need tightening. See if you have a H-pipe and if you don't, and you want to upgrade your V8 sound system, make plans to get one.

Look at your transmission pan and figure out what kind of transmission you have so you can ask questions here when it starts giving you trouble. Remember to find and grease the U-joints.

Just a few ideas, hope they are appropriate to you and your car.

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Re: 66Vert Sway Bar Link issues

Hi Puttster and Wingnut,

I appreciate the feedback! I recently bought a dual MC and a ignition conversion kit, so i will go ahead and buy a new set of swaybar links for the front end and also have the garage check and grease everything while the car is there!

I appreciate the advice...

Al.
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