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Upper ball joint control arm support

The Ford Shop Manual shows a support that has to go between the frame and the upper control arm in order to replace the upper ball joint or the lower control arm. The support is a 3/8" steel affair about 7 1/2" long. Where does one get this support? Is there another way to accomplish this?

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You have to tell us what model and year you have and update your signature for anyone to reply to your question.

Regardless, if your talking about the pin that locates the upper control arm to the frame, all parts can be brought from a retailer like NPD etc:


15/5/1964 260 Manual Coupe.
23/3/1965 289 Manual Fastback.
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The Ford Shop Manual shows a support that has to go between the frame and the upper control arm in order to replace the upper ball joint or the lower control arm. The support is a 3/8" steel affair about 7 1/2" long. Where does one get this support? Is there another way to accomplish this?
I've done it with a 4x4 block of wood, tucked in between the lip on the bottom edge of the frame and the UCA. Probably not the smartest thing to do but it worked. The shop manual I have gives all the dimensions to build your own support, if you don't have a welder I'm sure any fabrication shop could easily make one up.
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You have to tell us what model and year you have and update your signature for anyone to reply to your question.

Regardless, if your talking about the pin that locates the upper control arm to the frame, all parts can be brought from a retailer like NPD etc:
I don't know what his signature has to do with his question, but he's talking about this:
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I don't know what his signature has to do with his question, but he's talking about this:
It all makes sense now that I see that picture.

Still, knowing what year model he has would help a lot.

15/5/1964 260 Manual Coupe.
23/3/1965 289 Manual Fastback.
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Sorry....new to forum..thought I filled out membership stuff the right....ill figure out signature part.....I have a 67 mustang convertible...that picture is exactly what I am talking about
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Actually, you can just use a 2x4 about 16-18" long (wood), jack the car up and as it comes up, let the board get wedged flatwise against the frame rail, between the uca and the frame rail, the important thing is the uca is not bottomed out, put the car up on jackstands, as you will have to use the jack more. Once it is high enough, then remove the tire, remove the cotter pin on the upper ball joint, loosen the nut on the upper ball joint several turns but don't take the nut off, put the floor jack under the lower control arm by the lower ball joint to support it, put don't put pressure on it to lift the lca. Use a ball joint popper to pop the upper ball joint loose in the uca. Once that is done, if the old ball joint is original it will be held in by rivets and they will have to have the heads ground off and punched out with a punch and a hammer, not too tough, if the old ball joint was a replacement, it will be held by grade8 bolts and nuts. You will need to torque the nut on the new ball joint to minimum spec, and keep in mind the holes on the ball joint and the slots on the nut will have to line up to insert the cotter pin, and then turn it tighter just enough to get the holes lined up. Good Luck.

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