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Mid ford front end 68-74 #743615
December 09th 2018 12:03 pm
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Workin on a 73 e100. Naturally the front end is shot, naturally parts aren’t to be found.

With the other forum gone, anyone holdin information?

Any tie rod ends and such I can make work? Weld some different spindles up? Machine different tapers?

Start from scratch, no one knows?

Re: Mid ford front end 68-74 [Re: samhain] #743617
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Re: Mid ford front end 68-74 [Re: samhain] #743618
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Thank you thank you.

Re: Mid ford front end 68-74 [Re: samhain] #743636
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So, the tie rods/drag link don’t look like too much trouble to make up for now.

Anyone have a diagram or actual part of the idler arm bracket, in particular the bushing I no longer have. Best I can tell the manual skips over it.

All I have left is the sleeve, end up with about 1/2” of vertical play, not sure if it should be eliminated at the top, bottom or neither. Toying around with doing one out of bronze.

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Re: Mid ford front end 68-74 [Re: samhain] #743637
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Re: Mid ford front end 68-74 [Re: samhain] #743642
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Thanks. Not too interested in the FB

Re: Mid ford front end 68-74 [Re: samhain] #743682
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Hi drop me a call 570-851-9460 I have 4 vans and ex parts

Re: Mid ford front end 68-74 [Re: samhain] #743709
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Hi Sam, Saw a couple Mid Fords in this yard in Fresno. Parts van up in Sacramento. Good luck on the search, and Welcome to the site!


https://sacramento.craigslist.org/pts/d/ford-econoline-parts/6747348772.html
https://fresno.craigslist.org/pts/d/parting-out-71-ford-econoline/6735805484.html

Re: Mid ford front end 68-74 [Re: samhain] #747657
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You will need to buy a new pin, I don't recall the name of it, I bought one years ago for the future, don't need it but as how parts are getting tough to find, saw fit to stock up what I can. Spicer part # K8172
You will need to drive out the sleeve, it is part of the bushing itself, it should have come out with the rest of it.


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Re: Mid ford front end 68-74 [Re: maples01] #747728
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Originally Posted by maples01
You will need to buy a new pin, I don't recall the name of it, I bought one years ago for the future, don't need it but as how parts are getting tough to find, saw fit to stock up what I can. Spicer part # K8172
You will need to drive out the sleeve, it is part of the bushing itself, it should have come out with the rest of it.


I picked up some manganese bronze to replace the stock bushing. Rare parts sells the factory style idler arm kit as well as the tie rods for anyone looking to go that route.


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