When your remove the original bushings, you will have to spread the end plates to get the new arm bushing in. You need a pry bar to get the arm in place as well.
I'm swapping entire control arms (one Moog, one AC Delco, thank you Amazon sales), not just swapping bushings. Is it just that the end plates pull in on install at the factory and you have to pry them back out or does it pull in under use? Or is it just something that happens if you're putting new bushings in the original arms, like they need to be seated?
You may need a spring compressor to get the springs aligned properly. The BJ will probably not give up easily either. I use a 1/2 inch bolt, nut, washer and 12/13mm long socket as a tool to put pressure on the BJ to remove it.
I recently did the upper ball joints and they came off pretty easily - they looked to have been replaced some time in the distant past as they weren't riveted but looked old. Would this be at all indicative of how hard the lowers will be to remove?
You need a couple of wrenches to hold the bolt, and turn the nut to put pressure on the BJ. There is a picture of how to use it in the Haynes manual for Caprice/Roadmasters. You also need a jack, and stands to support the car while working on it.
I have the jack and stands I used to use on my F-350 and still use on my Bronco, so I think I have enough safe lift available.
I'll have to find the Haynes manual - I have the factory manual here.
If you are going to use a spring compressor, drive the car onto ramps, and allow the car's weight to compress the spring for the most part. Turn the screw until it is just tight to minimize the amount you need to work the compressor.
Hm. Any commentary on this? https://www.impalassforum.com/vBullet...step-step.html
I would have a taper shaft handy to align the bushings with the holes on the frame, so you can insert the bolts, and a BFH to make fine adjustments.
Got those, they're actually standard items in my truck kit.
Plan on getting an alignment after the swap. Your camber will surely be out, and your caster may be also.
Yeah, I had figured as much, given past experience. I'd also suspect toe may actually be off as well depending on how much the arms vary.
As far as having all the tools you need, bring your whole box with you. It is really helpful to have a helper (as long as they are capable of helping).
Erm, I don't know that hauling out more than 500 pounds of tools (literally), many of them specialty or Whitworth tools that cannot possibly be used on the Cadillac, would be a great idea.
I don't exactly have a small rally box of tools. :P