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Is there someone with a 58 Bird who still uses the original spring setup who can measure the length from the rear upper control arms, bushing center to bushing center? I just would like to confirm that my control arms are the original ones (with the correct length)
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No one with a 58 who can measure the length of the rear upper control arm?
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No one with a 58 who can measure the length of the rear upper control arm?
I have a '58 with original rear coil springs .May take a bit of effort to get it up and go under for measurements . Do not have a hoist .
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Mine are off. I'll measure Friday.
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Mine are off. I'll measure Friday.
That would be great Jim, thanks. Did you go with leave springs on the Bird?
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I'm going back with new bushings and the coils. All the bushings and shocks were toast.
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I measure 10 3/4 inches center to center. I turned the arm to get a perpendicular measurement through the center axis of each bushing
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I measure 10 3/4 inches center to center. I turned the arm to get a perpendicular measurement through the center axis of each bushing
Thank you very much for that Jim. Tomorrow morning i will check the measurement of my Bird.
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Just checked the arms on my Bird and they are exactly the same size. Still confused (or maybe even more now) why the clapper is far more open than it should be (and the diff housing pointed more down than it should).
Lower arm and axle seem to be original as well.
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Great! If the big U bolts have been off, the differential might rotate. I don't know if there is a key to ensure they are positioned correctly.

Got left lower arm off today. The big clapper bolt on right arm didn't cooperate with my impact wrench so will probably resort to cutting the bolt. I can't believe it wouldn't break it free. Lots of PB blaster on it to no avail.
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