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Author Topic:   Upper Control Arms
fbaker
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted August 08, 2004 09:49 AM  
I'm running an early 70's, rear steer Nova. Will the tubular upper controls in the Speedway or Day's catalog, stock mount, work as a replacement?????

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pbk
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 76
posted August 08, 2004 06:46 PM  
??? check the bolt width,i'm running the same as you and having problems finding uppers that fit.what kind of spindles are you running?

fbaker
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted August 08, 2004 08:36 PM  
I'm running disk brake spindles from a late 7o's Nova, front steer, (77-78?). I just turned them around.

pbk
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 76
posted August 09, 2004 08:07 AM  
WHERE DID YOU FIND THEM? JUNKYARD PARTS STORE?

fbaker
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted August 09, 2004 11:05 AM  
I bought the entire front frame w/all suspension and steering for $100.oo

CLBaker25
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 193
posted August 10, 2004 10:26 AM  
Will this work for the lower a-frame also?

Thanks

pbk
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 76
posted August 10, 2004 06:14 PM  
what upper a are you using now

fbaker
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted August 11, 2004 04:32 AM  
I'm still running a rear steer Nova with the stock upper and lower control arms, I just took the disk brake spindles (front steer type) and turned them around,put them on left to right, and made them work as rear steer spindles.

outlawstock17
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1363
posted August 11, 2004 06:02 AM  
fbaker, if you reverse the spindles it will s-crew up your ackerman. instead of it toeing out as you turn the wheels, it will toe in. i bet that nova is one ill-handling car...

pbk
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 76
posted August 11, 2004 07:30 AM  
mine can be a pretty ill-handling car if those are not the correct spindles what do you use?

neil rucker
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 799
posted August 11, 2004 08:04 PM  
in order to use the front steer spindles (turned around right on left, left on right) you have to ream the spindles because all the rear steer 68 thru 74 nova, or 67 thru 69 camaro all have larger upper and lower balljoints. also the bumpsteer will be way off. if you run bout 3 and 4 degrees of caster, and lower the front ride hieghts to bout 5 and 6 inches, you will need bumpsteer spacers on the outer ends( assuming you can run sleeves and hiems) that are atleast 2 inches long! this will vary drastically between diffirent cars. and yes ACKERMAN will be way off too. you will bend and shorten the steering arms for hours to correct it. if you take the stock drum brake hubs and spindles and remove the backing plates, you can use a "big" gm flat caliper bracket welded to the spindle (you have to do a little grinding) and .810" rotors with hats designed to use on the rearend. this works well and ileminates all the geometry problems and is the lightest setup you can use. hope this helps. we havent ran the rear steer stuff much in several years, but they used to be the way to go around here.

neil rucker
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 799
posted August 11, 2004 08:11 PM  
no one is making tubular a-arms that mount in the stock location for the rear steer clip except for some ultra high dollar street rod stuff, but you need diffirent length arms than stock, and these are designed to directly replace stock ones. i would call "U-B MCHINE" the guys that are building them for camaro and metric clips, and ask em if they can and will. it cant hurt anything to ask.

    

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