The joys of owning a classic muscle car are numberous. Restoring one takes some planning and forethought. errkkk……….having said that..it doesn’t take a genus to know that a 40-year-old car with nearly 200k miles on the body/frame and suspension might need stuff.
Well the tire problem I discovered was the direct cause of defective tire and serious wear (they aren’t that old). The wear is a bit disturbing because of the limited miles I’ve driven it.
About 10 months ago I started feeling the typical sloppiness that a front gives you when it needs some attention. So I ordered upper and lower control arms, which wasn’t a budget buster, mainly because I’d planned on install them myself (labor is will kill the budget). I stuck them away until I had time. Well doing a little research I realized that for this Mustang I didn’t have the tools get the job done so I delayed it a bit longer.
I drive the Mustang to work a couple times a week (maybe) and on the weekend run errands. So the front had to be much worse to do that much wear in those miles. I took it over a fellow Mustang owners shop (actually we recently sold it Mustang so he’s Stangless right now).
eeeeerrrrrrrrrrrkkk…………ok I have to say that this guy is partner/manager for a “chain” auto repair company. I won’t say which one because, I normally won’t take my cars to such establishments. But I met Tim Sisk 3 years ago when I needed a quick oil change on the Mustang and I stopped in. We talked about Mustangs and I found him to be extremely knowledgable. So I had them to a few things for me. It worked out great and now when I can’t do something on my own with Mustang and even a few on the Corvette I’ll take it there. Another benefit is that the place is two miles up the road.
I tossed the upper and lower control arms in the trunk and took the Mustang there this morning. We put it up on the lift and sure enough the control arms needed to be replaced. I’m sure there will be a few more things I’ll need and most likely they’ll have to be ordered and if I can swing a good deal on the labor I’ll have some shocks put on as well.
So standby for the $$$$. I’ll post it when I get the news.
Oh..there are lots places to get Mustang parts. I happened to pick up the control arms from WSD. Worldwide Suspension Distribution LLC.
Thanks for reading.