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Post by KC77Monte Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:18 pm

Started removing the front suspension on the Monte yesterday and ran into a snag. We can't get the drivers side arm removed, the arm will not slide back far enough to clear the bolts with the steering shaft in the way. We also can't get the bolts to remove either, there's not enough room to tap them out. Has anyone ran across this while doing there's? I'm thinking we might have to cut the bolts and replace them, but thought I would ask here first. Thanks
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Post by Joe73 Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:25 pm

At the.end of the steering shaft is a rag joint right where.it bolts to the steering box. There's a single.bolt to remove and you can pry the rag joint off the box. Then the steering shaft will just lay to the side giving you room. Don't lose the.bolt.
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Post by KC77Monte Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:44 pm

Thanks Joe. I will give that a try
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Post by wbaker01 Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:50 am

I just removed the entire front suspension off of my car, let me know if you run into any snags and I may be able to give some guidance..Upper control removal question Unadju10

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:43 pm

remove the steering shaft and there will be room


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looks like I drop it at the column
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:45 pm

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Post by KC77Monte Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:58 am

I removed the rag joint and got it off. Thanks guys!!
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Post by dynchel Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:57 am

When I was taught to to this 20 plus years ago, we would spin the studs free (from under the arm) then remove them as bolts.  This is when we were repairing regular daily drivers.
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Post by Joe73 Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:12 am

I wouldn't turn the heads.of the.bolts. The.studs.are.not threaded.into the frame, they are.pressed in. They have a spline right below the head. You tap them in and the.lock and won't turn. I think it would be a real.pain doing an alignment if the head.spun.
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Post by dynchel Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:17 am

Joe73 wrote:I wouldn't turn the heads.of the.bolts.  The.studs.are.not threaded.into the frame, they are.pressed in.  They have a spline right below the head.  You tap them in and the.lock and won't turn.  I think it would be a real.pain doing an alignment if the head.spun.  
We would add a lock washer behind the head.  It was about 50/50 shot whether or not the stud would spin.  I wouldn't do it this way now, but that's how we did it then.
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Post by brownbomber77 Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:10 pm

I, too, knocked the stud out just enough to pop the UCA off. Tightened down to 80 ft lbs just fine afterwards...I didn't know Chevy put the doggon A/C compressor on the driver's side. Holy crap.

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