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Old 09-10-2019, 09:59 PM   #1
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Default 53 cussy Lower Control Arm Shaft

Hey all.

I've pulled apart the lower control arm, shaft and bushes as it was all frozen up. Cleaned up OK and servicable.

Putting back together has me a bit perplexed - how do you tighten up the bush ends without pulling in the control arm ends, and thus binding the whole thing up?

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Old 09-11-2019, 05:52 AM   #2
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What is a '53 "cussy"
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:02 AM   #3
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I just did my ‘51 and the shop manual has a torque spec. Do you have or have access to a manual? I’m not sure if ‘51-‘53 are different......Mark
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:09 AM   #4
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The bushings are threaded into the control arm and should bottom out on it before any "pulling together" happens, then they are tightened to spec.
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What is a '53 "cussy"
1953 Ford Customline (in Australia).
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:29 PM   #6
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Default Re: 53 cussy Lower Control Arm Shaft

I made tools to hold them in position when replacing the bushings on the 1949/51 Mercury control arms. The are just adjustable support props to keep the arms centered with the inner shafts while installing the bushings. There were special tools for that purpose that Ford had manufactured by their supplier at the time which I believe was Manzel.

Since the bushings are threaded on OD and ID it can be somewhat difficult to keep the shaft centered and loose enough to rotate. The tools make it a lot easier but it can be done by trial and error. You just have to remember to keep the shaft as close to the center of the arm as is practicable. Put one bushing in first to get it to center then start putting the other bushing in while keeping an eye on the distance between the arm and how stiff the shaft is to rotate. When it's close you can play with it a bit.

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Default Re: 53 cussy Lower Control Arm Shaft

Thanks all. Makes sense that the bushing threads into the control arm.

I think thats the problem - the thread on the bushing has worn completely away!

Indeed "cussy" is a Customline - I didn't realise cussy is an Australianism.
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