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    I am working on a 63 R2 Lark. I am replacing the bushings on the front end upper and lower A arms. I see in the shop manual a special tool is needed so that the A Arms do not get bent when pressing the bushings in. Where can I buy one of these tools?

    J5474 ? or J5472 ?

    Any input is greatly appreciated. Thank you

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  • #2
    look here ( J-2044):
    https://www.studebakerparts.com/stud...age=tools.html

    quote:Originally posted by 58PackardWagon

    I am working on a 63 R2 Lark. I am replacing the bushings on the front end upper and lower A arms. I see in the shop manual a special tool is needed so that the A Arms do not get bent when pressing the bushings in. Where can I buy one of these tools?

    J5474 ? or J5472 ?

    Any input is greatly appreciated. Thank you

    58 Packard Wgn (Parade Red)
    58 Packard Wgn (Park Green)
    58 Packard Sdn (Shadowtone Red)
    62 Daytona (White)
    63 R2 Lark (Super Red)
    57 Packard Wagon parts car
    57 Packard sedan parts car
    58 Packard 2 dr hdtp parts car


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    1962 Champ
    1963 Avanti R1
    1963 GT Hawk R2 4 speed
    1964 Daytona Convertible
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    1963 Standard R1 4 speed
    1963 Avanti R1
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    • #3
      That is not the right tool for pressing the bushing in. Thanks for your input

      58 Packard Wgn (Parade Red)
      58 Packard Wgn (Park Green)
      58 Packard Sdn (Shadowtone Red)
      62 Daytona (White)
      63 R2 Lark (Super Red)
      57 Packard Wagon parts car
      57 Packard sedan parts car
      58 Packard 2 dr hdtp parts car


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      • #4
        if you are talking about the rubber bushings, just cut a piece of angle iron to the distance between the "ears" of the A-arm to support it and drive the bushings in with a large socket and an extension.

        nate

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        • #5
          I made on from a section of fence pipe, and a sawzall to notch for shaft.

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          Ross.
          Riverside, Ca.
          1957 Provincial X2
          1958 Transtar
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          Ross.
          Riverside, Ca.
          1957 Provincial X2
          1958 Transtar

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          • #6
            I did roughly the same thing as Ross.

            1957 Transtar 1/2ton
            1963 Cruiser
            1960 Larkvertible V8
            1958 Provincial wagon
            1953 Commander coupe
            1957 President two door

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            • #7
              I rented "tool #25" from my local Checker Auto Parts for the A arm bushings on my 53 Commander. It worked slick. The rental cost like $6 for 2 days. It looks like a big C clamp and has various collars to clamp the bushings. There is no risk to bending the A arms with this tool since you are only working with one side of the arm at a time.

              Rob
              Grand Forks, ND
              Rob in ND
              \'53 Commander resto-mod (work in process)

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              • #8
                Look for my post on this topic in the Technical Talk Forum,
                http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...TOPIC_ID=19820

                Here is what I use:
                For the upper Control arm, a simple piece of 1 1/4" angle iron cut 6 7/8" long will do. I insert it between the control arms, install the shaft(be sure it is installed with the offset towards the engine), place the bushings over the ends, and use (2) large sockets over each bushing. They must fit OVER the rubber if you use OEM-style bushings. The Delrin bushings can be pressed in with a hardwood, or steel spacer.
                Luckily- I have a vice that opens enough to press the upper CA bushings in. If you don't, you can drive the bushings in with a large hammer (helps to have 2-people), or use a press.

                ***NOTE: the photos of the upper control arm below show the offset the WRONG way. When I flipped it over(for the photo), I had it reversed. You can just rotate the shaft 180 degrees before installation.





                For the lowers, The width is 10 7/16". I welded up this tool- to clear the larger mounting lugs, and some shafts have a tie-down eye on them. The bushing installation is the same as for the uppers.






                Specializing in Studebaker Restoration
                Ray

                www.raylinrestoration.com
                Specializing in Studebaker Restoration

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                • #9
                  Thanks

                  I was waiting for someone to respond to this post. Excellent and easy to make tool to eliminate distorting the A-arm.

                  Allen


                  1964 R2 GT Hawk

                  1963 Daytona Convertible

                  Oakville, Ontario.

                  Hamilton Chapter
                  1964 GT Hawk
                  PSMCDR 2014
                  Best time: 14.473 sec. 96.57 MPH quarter mile
                  PSMCDR 2013
                  Best time: 14.654 sec. 94.53 MPH quarter

                  Victoria, Canada

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                  • #10
                    Thanks to everyone! And thanks for the pics. They help greatly!

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                    58 Packard Wgn (Park Green)
                    58 Packard Sdn (Shadowtone Red)
                    62 Daytona (White)
                    63 R2 Lark (Super Red)
                    57 Packard Wagon parts car
                    57 Packard sedan parts car
                    58 Packard 2 dr hdtp parts car


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                    • #11
                      A very timely and useful topic. I was just getting ready to overhaul the front suspension on mine over the holidays. Thanks.

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                      • #12
                        My photo tutorial for doing bushing installation using a c-frame press is posted here. No fabricating needed.


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                        Clark in San Diego
                        '63 F2/Lark Standard
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