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I started on the front end rebuild on my 64 Fairlane today. After a little excitement when the coil spring compressor broke, (Holy crap!), I managed to get the passenger's side apart after a lot of work. The upper control arm is done and reinstalled with new shafts, bushings and ball joints.

Do the lower control arm bushings need to be pressed out and back in or can I drive them out? Also what is the easist way to cut the rivets on the ball joints so I can bolt in the new ones?
 

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Best way, just buy all new ones. Otherwise, grind the rivets off and drill the rubber out of the bushing and air chisel it out. New ones are much easier and putting the bushing back in can be tough to.
 

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I never have liked working on front ends. It's been awhile since I have done any front end work and now I remember why. What a pain in the butt! Every bolt came out one squeak at a time, the bushings and upper shaft nuts might as well have been welded in place. It's all back together now though and ready to go to the alignment shop on Thursday morning.

Time to nurse these aching muscles now........
 
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