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Old 06-17-2002, 10:44 PM
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homemade lower ball joint tool

pressed in lower ball joints with tool fabricated from volvo rear supension peice..........
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Old 06-17-2002, 10:47 PM
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close up of ball joint tool

I know thats not a parafin burner that I'm working but has same front end as my SD........
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Old 06-17-2002, 10:48 PM
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With the angle you took the picture and your car in the background it almost looks like your working on it with it on the car ...... LOL.. was that intentional ?
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Old 06-18-2002, 12:48 AM
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Car was on jack stand and back up wood blocks about ten feet in front of press ,photo showed more detail and did not look that dark in photo shop.........
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Old 06-18-2002, 03:35 AM
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500SEL?
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Old 06-18-2002, 02:19 PM
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Euro 500 SE......

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Old 06-18-2002, 02:27 PM
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Any more details? I have given some thought to making a part on the lathe that would fit in the big arbor press. I think I can do it with the radius cutter. Looks like I have to make 2 concave pieces and maybe mill a slot into one of them.
Sound about right? -Andy
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Old 06-18-2002, 02:31 PM
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That sounds right.. I think the main problem with regular presses is getting around the upper part of the knuckle... to push straight down.... I am planning on making one also...and a hydraulic spring compressor....
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Old 06-18-2002, 04:43 PM
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with this design you press on the tubing welded to the bigger circular tubing that goes over the ball joint catching the rim (get as close to balljoint as your press will allow I put one inch square tubing over down shaft on press and ground bottom to fit the smaller tubing attached to tool)then put blocks of hardwood or steel at end of small tubing for support you can tilt the tool up a bit to help make joint go in straight. ,bottom of control arm must be elvated an eight of an inch or more as botton of joint protrudes that much. I tapped on the top of the big tubing as I applied pressure with press using a large hardened bolt and heavy hammer to keep balljoint going in straight.Be aware that there is always an element of danger when useing a lot of pressure. I used the same press to press the old joint out and when I had the full 12 tons of pressure on the part I had to rap it with hammer and bolt it came out like a rocket and could have hurt me ,but being a crazy old codger that has been doing such all my life I took it as normal.....if you have a lathe and welder would be easy to make a much better one I would make it as heavy duty as possible .......
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