Here is a picture of tiny second gen Skylines with a small Lincoln on a huge Ford. See below for another pic and mechanical updates.

The tiny Skylines are courtesy of Flavien Vidal, who is pretty much the best. At any rate, in my last update, I had just reworked the shifter transfer bar bushing:

This dude. Well, as it turns out, it wasn’t long enough to prevent the shifter transfer bar from popping out and converting PRND2D1L into RND2, so I had to add washers. That test drive was, however, after replacing the upper ball joints as a preventative thing. 98,000 miles, *possible* popping, and alignment off, so time to change ‘em, sez I.

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Garbage picture of target area.

The Galaxie is an older design than later Fords with track rod lower suspension, so has a full lower A-arm (trivia!). The upper and lower A-arms each have a bump stop to limit travel, both down and up. Both are iffy in this picture. One will become more iffy.

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The original installation of the ball joints was with two rivets and the bolt holding the bump stop. What you see in this picture ON FIRE is 50 years of grease... and a little bit of rubber because I forgot to tear it off before torching the bolt. Oops.

Anyway, a little work with an air chisel later, il est remove.

After this (replacing the ball joints, of course), I took it on a test drive down our (long) driveway. This turned out to be bad, because the front brakes I was hoping would loosen up... didn’t, and the left front continued to intermittently snag.

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What can cause this, is that rubber lines can delaminate on the inside, producing rubber flakes. These flakes can act like evil one-way valves and stick your brakes on. I hadn’t seen any indication that the cylinders themselves were bad when I’d had the left drum off, but if I was going to be replacing the lines...

Anyway, a short disassembly of wheel bearings later it looked like this:

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I can hear some of you hissing like vampires because drum brakes. Well, I’m not all in on a disc conversion at this point because fresh lines and cylinders were <$50 all in, and the linings are still good. Deal. Here’s where things get FORD, however:

The wheel cylinders are held in place by a nut on a machined plug... thing. Not bolts, not studs and nuts. The weird plug thingy has a bolt through the spindle on the back side, holds the wheel cylinder with a keeper and a huge nut, and then has a series of steps for shoes, a shoe keeper thing, springs.... It’s pretty much the embodiment of “make one insanely weird part to do the job of three”.

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Anyway, got both sides back together without incident and with the fresh lines, and I now have brakes. Huzzah!

Incidentally, replacing the cylinders wasn’t a bad move, because both dribbled a little brake fluid when removed, from *both* cups. Every seal was a little bad.