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Might want to consider replacing the steering Rag joint while you are at it. It'll clean up any slop that exists between the steering wheel and input shaft on the steering gear. They get old/weak and flex a ton causing quite a bit of transition slop. Contributes the stereotype that they wander all over the road.

If the rag joint already has bolts/nuts its been replaced. if its got rivets then its original.
 
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Might want to consider replacing the steering Rag joint while you are at it. It'll clean up any slop that exists between the steering wheel and input shaft on the steering gear. They get old/weak and flex a ton causing quite a bit of transition slop. Contributes the stereotype that they wander all over the road.

If the rag joint already has bolts/nuts its been replaced. if its got rivets then its original.
im new to third gens.. ill be honest.. dunno even where to look, but based on everything else, im betting this things is 100 percent all original
 
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replaced all the clips\plastic screws in the hatch, so now all the covers fit like factory.
 
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i need to get the ball joints replaced, badly
 

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i need to get the ball joints replaced, badly
Order entire front end today. I have clunking while driving. It's gotta be them. So much play in them
 
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Order entire front end today. I have clunking while driving. It's gotta be them. So much play in them
i dont have the ability to redo the whole front end at home myself, which sucks
 

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i dont have the ability to redo the whole front end at home myself, which sucks

Also, while driving, do you notice the ball joints are an issue? How do you know they're bad?

I have a solid clunking by my feet while cruising. Lifted her up and everything is super solid besides the joints... Nooooo way that's the joints..
 

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WOW!!! She's purty.

And a Hot-N-Now... Haven't seen that since the 90's, so even that is time frame compliant too.
 

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Also, while driving, do you notice the ball joints are an issue? How do you know they're bad?

I have a solid clunking by my feet while cruising. Lifted her up and everything is super solid besides the joints... Nooooo way that's the joints..
Upper strut mounts? Just tossing it out there.
 
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Also, while driving, do you notice the ball joints are an issue? How do you know they're bad?

I have a solid clunking by my feet while cruising. Lifted her up and everything is super solid besides the joints... Nooooo way that's the joints..
when braking, she pulls.. plus we had the vehicle up on stands and wiggled the tires while looking at the ball joints.. there's too much play in them.
 

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when braking, she pulls.. plus we had the vehicle up on stands and wiggled the tires while looking at the ball joints.. there's too much play in them.
Does it consistently pull to the same side?

That could also be swelling brake lines too allowing uneven pressure on the left and right sides. Common problem as they age.

Honestly, at this age I'd just replace them with new OEM style, or braided stainless. Either is fine for a street car, one just has more bling and cost.
 
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so shes got new tires on now.. just bought a cheap set. need ball joints done, alignment, brakes probably.. then replace water pump.. i want to get the wheels re done so they're clean like factory.
 

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If your ball joints look like this they are not that bad.

I freaked out once I saw this and yes, they are worn out but when I changed them they were still really tight.

 
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yeah they're not quite that bad.. at least on one side. the other has movement , but not THAT bad
 
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worked on a few things.. got the water pump done, tune up.. brakes worked out.. put 20 miles on the ole girl and she drove like a dream!!!!!!! then stopped for some pics. BLOO and DEBBIE




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