Ball joint question

Old July 2nd, 2016, 07:54 AM
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Ball joint question

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My '62 Cutlass is is fitted with '63 THREADED style upper ball joints..

The ones I removed had a large hex head on them.. The new ones from PST Suspension are totally round (see pics for reference) . This is very odd IMO..

So, my question is: what tool is there to screw in these ROUND headed ball joints? I really don't want to use Vise grips.. My Control arms are nicely custom painted as well..

Please help!

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Old July 2nd, 2016, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Torqueline View Post
Hello..

My '62 Cutlass is is fitted with '63 THREADED style upper ball joints..

The ones I removed had a large hex head on them.. The new ones from PST Suspension are totally round (see pics for reference) . This is very odd IMO..

So, my question is: what tool is there to screw in these ROUND headed ball joints? I really don't want to use Vise grips.. My Control arms are nicely custom painted as well..

Please help!

Thanks
I'd send them back and get correct ones from Kanter or someplace else. I have no idea how you would hold those other than with a pipe wrench or similar tool that will muck them up.
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Old July 2nd, 2016, 08:46 AM
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I'd send them back and get correct ones from Kanter or someplace else. I have no idea how you would hold those other than with a pipe wrench or similar tool that will muck them up.
Joe these are from Kanter.. I originally got ones for a 62 but the threads were not the correct pitch.. Called Kanter and they said that some late 62's had 63 ball joints and the pitch was slightly different.. So they were right.. the 63 uppers do thread in.. but, as you can see, not sure how tight I can get them..

It almost appears that they installed press in head on a screw in lower?
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So, an update on this ball joint situation.. Kanter/PST did some investigating and ALL 1963 upper ball joints have round (you can't get a wrench on them) heads on them. The threads are slightly different in pitch from 62 to 63...

Anyway.. thought I would update this for any future reference front end builds
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