<VV> Ball Joint Removal

Byron Comp byron.comp at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 5 09:02:08 EDT 2010

Since I'm a novice at restoring 'Vairs this may seem like a stupid question, but here goes.  The upper ball joints on my '64 Monza CT seem to have been riveted in and the top of the rivets "peaned".  Is this normal and what do I do to get them out so as to install new ones?  It looks like I'll have to grind off the rivet head and then punch it out, leaving 4 holes into which I would insert bolts with the new joint.  Will the upper ball joint from Clarks line up with the holes left where the rivets used to be?

Thanks in advance for your help.


Message: 5
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010 22:25:46 -0400
From: "Rick Norris" <ricknorris at suddenlink.net>
Subject: Re: <VV> Harbor Freight Tool
To: "Ron" <ronh at owt.com>,    <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
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I've had one for years and it does work. I use a BFH just because I like to 
beat on things!

Rick Norris
#36 Sunoco Corvair

> Has anyone tried the Harbor Freight Ball Joint Service Kit?  If it really 
> works for removing and replacing ball joints without a BFH, it's a bargain 
> for $40.  Any comments?
> RonH
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Message: 6
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010 22:27:58 -0400
From: "henry kaczmarek" <kaczmarek at charter.net>
Subject: <VV> Harbor Freight tool
To: "virtualvairs" <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
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If I get a ball joint to remove, I use my floor jack, a rent from the FLAPS Ball joint fork and a Sears BFH.  Hasn't failed in 20 years.



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