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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-04-2019, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hello guys can someone please point me in the direction of where the body bushings are located I need to do that. Also, if there are neat freaks like me can you also point me in the direction of someone or a topic where they talk about getting new hardware for important stuff to replace crappy bolts that like to strip off easily. such as thread and pitch so i can get new bolts for certain things. Im asking alot but thank you anyways
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Not perfectly clear what you're driving at on the fasteners, but I'll start. Search will bring up recommendations from guys on their fave supply houses:
https://www.boltdepot.com/Flange_bol...sh_3_8-16.aspx

I saved a good lead for other hardware:
https://cliphouse.com/index.aspx
Any decent body/paint store will have selections of fasteners and such. And even the car part chains have Dorman boxes behind the counter to go with the HELPS aisle.

In all truth most home builder stores even have pretty good selections of Gr8 nowadays. Frankly I haven't seen much poor quality hardware on our cars. The practices like using plastic for 'bolts' on the grill with tin speednuts is just typical 'inexpensive Chevy' design.

For body bushings most all NOS is gone now and guys have to go with the black or red poly ones from the speedshops. I vaguely recall one kinda recent post where a guy might have found a crossover GM or other maker that matches close to our bushings. If you want specifically the size and lengths of all the bushing bolts then there are several threads with just that info too.

Get more specific and others can help from there.

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Dang, nobody has rubber bushings available anymore? Poly is good for racecars but not so nice for driving around town.

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Honestly you're right i jumped my main question and made two. My first is the location of all body mounted bushings if possible, my car needs them all done, and so I heard of people installing new bolts along with the new body bushings and was wondering if anyone else upgrades bolts. Thank you for your time
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FSM is great on this subject......................... but no OEM unless you can pry some loose from a hoarder.

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I just replaced all of mine with rubber ones for a 73-77 chevelle...here is a link for the kit I used: https://www.opgi.com/chevelle/G240628/

I also got all of my bolts from Home Depot. Only problem I had was the bolt for position #8 passenger side broke off from rust so I had to do some drilling for a new hole, but otherwise everything else was good to go
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Aha!

So you might be 'that guy' who found the good hack. Seems fitting, those mid-70s A-bodies were almost as big and ugly as ours are.

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They should be similar... the 77-96 B frame was based on the 73-77 Chevelle/Malibu.

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boofers may have nailed it here. I paid almost as much for 6 NOS bushing sleeves. WTG.

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WAY back when parts were available, especially through "Dal", there was a write up about body mounts by Scott Mueller. Many of us back then bought the then available various "colored" rubber mounts and also added the ones that were missing on the "SS" cars

IDK how the A body ones fit but this is the Mueller write noting size (thickness) of the then available GM mounts and his recommended method of install.

"You will want to install the 7/8" (pink) lower body mount cushions at locations 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6, replacing the flat washers or existing 5/8" soft cushions. Finally you will also want to install 3/4" thick (dk green) cushions at the number 7 locations. Again note that location 5 uses no lower mount whatsoever.
Here are the installation instructions:
1.) While this CAN be done without even jacking up the car, it will be easier (especially if you are doing this for the first time) if you raise the car and put it on jackstands.
2.) Using a 15mm socket and 6" extension on a standard 3/8" or 1/2" ratchet, remove the #1 (front) body mount bolts and large washers (or existing soft cushion w/integral washer) from both sides of the frame. They are accessed through a large 2-1/8" hole in the bottom of the frame.
3.) Slide the new cushions over the bolts, and insert each bolt and cushion up through the hole in the frame and into the threaded hole in the body. Tighten the bolts to 30 ft-lbs.
Note that the FSM calls for 52 ft-lbs, but I have found that the threaded holes in the body like to strip(!), and 30 ft-lbs. works extremely well with far less of a chance of stripping out the hole. If you do strip the threads in the hole, you will likely have to use an oversized bolt, as it is difficult to repair those threads.
4.) Repeat the procedure for the next location on both sides of the frame. Work your way down from mount #1 through #7, doing both sides each time. This will prevent any possible body movement or misalignment during the procedure. Remember that the pair of thinner 3/4" (dk green) cushions are to be used in the #7 position, all other positions work best with the thicker 7/8" (pink) cushions."

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