|They've only been in there for 50 years...|
Here's the upper control arm stripped to the bare shell:
|Needs a bath!|
|No heavy solvent--just some green cleaner and a lot of scrubbing|
Then it was simply a matter of putting things back together. I started with the inner bushings on the lower control arm. Here's the upper control arm with more of those home-made tools (in case you were wondering, the factory specified special tools are no longer available for this.)
|Pressin'! The rusty area is simply dust off of the tool.|
|Here's the completed upper arm.|
I stopped for the day because I need to push a bushing and a bearing into the steering knuckle (which holds the bottom, shiny portion of the king pin you see in the above picture) and didn't have the correct tools for the job. Time to make a few calls--there has to be a Studebaker person around in the area who has done this previously.
And once that is done, it will be time to move on to the other side and do this all over again. Next side should go much easier, now that I have an idea of how to go about things.