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I am getting ready to put air ride on the galaxie and I am replacing all the suspension stuff along the way. I bought the kit from PST. I am int he process of taking off the lower control arm. I was able to get the loosen the nut the attaches the LCA to the cross member. I am now working on the front nut, it just keeps spinning and it looks like it has an offset. I have read on here and nothing has answered my question. Any help would be great on getting this lower control off. Thanks. JIMMY
 

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I was able to get the big old nut that is behind the bumper with a 1 7/8 socket. My next question is how do I get the black nut off that is behind the bushing that is connected to offset shaft. That is what is keeping me from getting the LCA off now.
 

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What or suspension you fitting ?
When I did mine I didn't have to remove lca just drop it to get spring out .this out of the manual .
LOWER SUSPENSION
ARM REPLACEMENT
Removal
1. Disconnect the lower ball joint
from the wheel spindle, and remove
the front spring as outlined in the
1962 Galaxie and the 1961 Mercury
Manuals.
2. Remove the bolt, nut, and
washers that retain the rear end of
the lower arm to the frame (Fig. 247).
Remove the threaded retainer bush-
ing and shims from the frame and
anti-harsh crank, then remove the
suspension lower arm from the car
(Figs. 247 and 248).
3. Remove the crank retaining
nut, and remove the anti-harsh crank
and washer from the suspension lower
arm.
Installation. The replacement low-

THREADED RETAINER BUSHING
LOWER SUSPENSION ARM,
SERRATED WASHER
FRONT
SHIMS ^ * I
B U S H I N G
^
ANTI-HARSH
CRANK
WASHER
CRANK RETAININ
NUT
REAR RETAINING
BOLT NUT
REAR RETAINING BOLT F1172-A

FIG. 247-Lower Suspension
Arm (Exploded View)

FIG. 248-Anti-harsh Crank and
Bushing Connection to Arm
and Frame

er arm is serviced with the rubber
bushings installed.
1. Place the serrated washer over
the inner end of the anti-harsh
crank with the serrated side of the
washer toward the crank throw. Po-
sition the anti-harsh crank through
the rubber bushing at the front end
of the replacement arm, install the
crank retaining washer and nut, and
torque to specifications (Fig. 247).
2. Position the lower control arm
and crank assembly to the mounting
holes in the frame crossmembers, in-
stall the rear retaining bolt, washers,
and nut, and torque the nut to speci-
fications.
3. Position a piece of 0.140-inch
shim stock between the crank throw
and the crossmember, then install the
threaded retainer bushing through the
frame crossmember with the internal
threads of the bushing engaging the
threads on the crank (Fig. 248). Turn
the bushing until it contacts the shim
stock.
4. Measure the distance between
the head of the retainer bushing and
the crossmember. This dimension rep-
resents the required shim thickness
between the head of the bushing and
the crossmember.
5. Remove the bushing and shim
stock, select the correct thickness of
2. Remove the old front bushing
from the arm with tool T63P-3044-A
as shown in Fig. 249.
3. On the Galaxie, remove the old
rear bushing with tools T54P-3044-
A13 and T57P-3044-A as outlined in
Part 10-3 of the 1962 Galaxie Shop
Manual. On the Monterey, remove
the old rear bushing with tools 3069J
and 3069H as outlined in Section 3 A
of the 1961 Mercury Maintenance
Manual. Always replace both front
and rear lower arm bushings, if either
bushing is worn or damaged.
4. Install the new front bushing in
the arm (Fig. 250).

FIG. 249—Lower Arm Bushing
Removal
 

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The bolt the connects to the to rear of the LCA that goes through the cross member, can that and does that need to be removed first? JIMMY
 

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Step 2 in the manual excerpt in previous thread.
As I said I did not have to remove any bolts to fit my air suspension but I don't know what system you are fitting so can't help with that. The above posting is a direct copy paste of the relevant section you need out of the 63 shop manual
 

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Thanks, I found my manual. I am upgrading all my bushings and what not. That is why I need to understand all this, thanks. JIMMY
 

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Please post pics when its done of shock position. Thanks , I am going to convert to bags so will very interested in how it works out
 

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You should have taken the smaller nut (at the bushing) off before you got the 1 7/8" socket and taken out the offset shaft big nut. You might be able to remove the rear bolt and nut and lower the rear of the lower control arm and slide the front assembly out. The Nitro Cat 1200 impact gun from Northern Tools sure helped getting it off. My IR gun just did not have the torque to do it.

You going to reuse the offset shaft or get the replacement kit? I trashcaned the offset shaft and went with the Rare Parts kit. You can get it cheaper thru Autozone, if you call $225 cheap.
 
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