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Post by wokrdan AKA BU Balls on Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:14 pm

So after 8 hours of working on jacking up each corner 3 inches at a time to clear 3 feet, I finally got the frame out. Getting ready to blast the frame now. Here's the pics, let me know if you see anything else that needs to be taken off (I've already removed the power steering pump and rear bumper)








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Post by JB2wheeler on Sun Jun 05, 2011 4:26 pm

Good luck. I will be waiting to see the finished product. Yeh, its a lot of work. JB
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Post by Laguna Budman on Sun Jun 05, 2011 4:47 pm

Are you going to break it down more and take off A arms, control arms, sway bar etc? Replace bushings? Just wondering cause if you have it that far apart you might want to do that.
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Post by wokrdan AKA BU Balls on Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:02 pm

Where can I find the replacement bushings for the body support? Also, is anyone else's exhaust look like this? Never noticed it til now.
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Post by Laguna Budman on Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:09 pm

I used 72 chevelle mounts on mine with no problem.
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Post by bigredlaguna on Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:10 pm

My old 74 had tailpipes that were bent similarly to that. They were bent by the installer.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:37 pm

wokrdan AKA BU Balls wrote:Where can I find the replacement bushings for the body support? Also, is anyone else's exhaust look like this? Never noticed it til now.

my tails are more closer to the springs,than the pumkin.
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Post by wokrdan AKA BU Balls on Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:10 pm

Which bushing set did you get and where from? I looked on Summit and there's about 10 to choose from.
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Post by Laguna Budman on Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:21 am

68-72 convertable bushings they have the extra 2 that we need for our cars. You can get from OPGI. Eklers has the radiator support mounts also. Hope this helps
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Post by wokrdan AKA BU Balls on Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:48 pm

I found a set of 73-77 on OPGI, but they're $300. I also found the convertible set, but it looks like they don't have the bottom rubber that the original has. Here's the link I found: http://www.opgi.com/p/suspension/10767/28/SB517K.html
Let me know if this is the right set.
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Post by wokrdan AKA BU Balls on Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:13 pm

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Post by pila on Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:09 pm

Body mount bushings for my '75 Elco came from The Parts Place. A bit less money that OPGI.
You are in for some work with that project. Just did it all on my Elco. Great to know that when you are finished it will be in great shape.

Here's my album with pics that may help.

http://s561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/steelybill/El%20Camino%20resto/

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Post by Jedediah on Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:31 pm

I am going to have to replace my body mounts as well they have crumpled. Should of probly got a different car but it has gotten me into a chevelle.
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Post by Laguna Budman on Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:49 am

I will double check but I know this will work. My car is almost done and soon I will be posting pics of the frame off build. I will get back to this I promise.
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Post by badbiscayne66 on Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:53 am

I see you have a cozy coup.. Please make sure the little ones dont try to play around the cool car in the air....Just Sayin!!! bounce Thumbs up
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Post by wokrdan AKA BU Balls on Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:03 pm

So I got my body mount bushings in the mail, but something tells me they're not the right ones. I got the '72 convertible set.


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Post by jrb75 on Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:11 pm

Uhh ohh
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Post by Jedediah on Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:38 pm

The hole diameter looks the same. The old one's probly compress when the body is on them and the new urathane one's wont compress so that is probly why they look different. I am not sure just a gues hope some one can tell me if i guessed right.
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Post by 74Malibu383 on Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:21 pm

Jedediah wrote:The hole diameter looks the same. The old one's probly compress when the body is on them and the new urathane one's wont compress so that is probly why they look different. I am not sure just a gues hope some one can tell me if i guessed right.

....Maybe. However, they look a lot shorter as well....
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Post by bigredlaguna on Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:33 pm

The parts place has 73-77 GTO/Lemans stock style bushings listed.
http://www.thepartsplaceinc.com/ocatalog/part.asp?VID=6&YearList=1977&Search_Keyword=&CatID=&curpage=8

Found it via a Impala SS forum where they discuss body mounts for their cars
http://www.impalassforum.com/vBulletin/showthread.php?t=255855&highlight=body+bushing&page=6

I'm inclined to think that the Impala/Caprice kits would fit more directly, but I haven't been able to find dimensions for the body bushings any where. Someone on some forum I read made there own out of hockey pucks.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:45 pm

HB2132Z
(1973 - 1977 GTO/LeMans) BODY BUSHING KIT (KIT IS MADE OUT OF RUBBER WITH STEEL SHELL INSERTS. TWO OF THEM ARE SOLID RUBBER PLUGS & THE TOP CAP BUSHINGS HAVE STEEL WASHERS MOLDED INTO THEM JUST LIKE FACTORY. THESE REPLACE ALL GM NUMBERS: 330942 (4), 457915 (12), 330955 (4), 377801 (2), 6271662 (2) & 330951 (4) - ALL BUSHINGS HAVE THE GM NUMBER ON THEM) - 28 PIECE KIT



looks like the 330951 is what is on your rubber
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Post by pila on Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:36 pm

Mine are the stock rubber type, from the Parts Place like I mentioned, and should fit '73-'77 A bodies and El Caminos like mine. They may have the hardware too, bolts etc. I used the old hardware, since they came out easy and shiny .

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Post by wokrdan AKA BU Balls on Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:40 am

I'm almost tempted to just use these. There's a few of the old ones that are still in good condition, but I don't know how they'll match up with the new ones.
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Post by pila on Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:30 pm

I would be inclined not to mix old with new, since it's liable to stress the body a bit when they are torqued down. I guess you could shim the old ones to match the new ones (?)

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Post by Laguna Budman on Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:08 am

I'm back sorry so long. Been workin on car. Finally painted and puttin back together. Did they work? I hope so cause thats what I used and it worked and its all bolted down and painted. Let me know
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