Mustang Scott Drake Premium Lower Control Arm (1967) Installation Instructions

1. Here is the new Mustang Scott Drake C7OZ-3078-AR 1967 Premium Lower Control Arm Assembly. It comes with the new nuts, cotter pins, grease fittings and some dimpled washers that did not originally come installed on the 1967 Mustang.
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2. To start this installation, jack up the car and place jack stands under the Mustang front frame rail.
Mustang Scott Drake Lower Control Arm Install Image
3. Remove the Mustang wheels and tires.
Mustang Scott Drake Lower Control Arm Install Image
4. From under the hood, remove the bolts from the upper shock mount and the Mustang shock tower top nuts.
Mustang Scott Drake Lower Control Arm Install Image
5. From underneath the Mustang, use the jack to raise the lower control arm to allow you to remove the lower shock nuts from the Mustang coil spring saddle. From underneath the hood, lift up on the shock tower brace and remove the shock.
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6. Follow the instructions on the coil spring compressor tool kit. It will have you insert the tools from above, then compress the Mustang spring and remove from underneath. Be conscious of the alignment of the compressor hooks. If they get out of alignment, the spring will be crooked and difficult to replace.
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7. While the Mustang shock tower is taken apart, it might be a good time to clean and paint it. To clean it, use a wire brush on a drill, then apply fresh paint.
Mustang Scott Drake Lower Control Arm Install Image
8. It also might be a good time to clean and paint the Mustang coil spring. Just like you did on the inside of the shock tower, use a wire brush for cleaning. Then, paint it and set it aside to dry.
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9. Remove the cotter pins and nuts holding the Mustang upper and lower ball joints. Follow the instructions on the ball joint removal tool kit to separate the ball joints and the spindle. Support the disc, caliper and spindle as an assembly on a 5 gallon bucket. Run the baling wire through the fender holes located above that assembly to hold it in place. This finally gives you access to the lower control arm.
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10. Remove the Mustang sway bar end link bolt using a 1/2-inch wrench on the top and a 9/16" socket on the bottom. Remove the nuts from the strut rod bolts using 11/16” socket. You can access them from under the lower control arm.
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11. Remove the jack and lower the control arm away from the Mustang strut rod.
Mustang Scott Drake Lower Control Arm Install Image
12. Loosen and remove the 3/4-inch nut on the front of the caster adjustment bolt.
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13. Rotate the caster adjustment bolt so the cam is down as low as it can be, then it will come out of the back of the shock tower bracket. Remove the Mustang lower control arm.
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14. Slide the new Scott Drake lower control arm in place and put the caster adjustment bolt back in from the rear. Put the washer and nut on and finger tighten. Then, rotate the caster adjustment bolt by turning the bolt on the back side to its starting position and tighten the nut on the front to spec. This should get it close enough to allow you to get your Mustang to the alignment shop. After the lower control arms are replaced, an alignment is necessary to prevent premature tire wear. It is much cheaper than new tires!
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15. Put the nuts back onto the Mustang strut rod bolts and torque to spec. Then, reconnect and tighten the sway bar end links.
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16. Put the grease fitting in the bottom of the lower ball joint.
Mustang Scott Drake Lower Control Arm Install Image
17. Put the painted spring back into the painted shock tower, then raise the Mustang upper control arm and coil spring saddle into place. Make sure the coil spring is rotated to sit properly in the saddle.
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18. Place the spindle on the lower control arm and raise it to the upper control arm. Hold it in place with the jack while starting, then tightening, the top and bottom ball joint nuts. Torque both to spec, then pin them using the cotter pins that came with the lower control arm assembly. Installing new upper ball joint dust boots are a good idea, especially if you are not replacing the upper control arms or Mustang upper ball joints.
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19. Remove the spring compressor and reinstall the Mustang shock. Grease all of the fittings, including the idler arms and the tie rod ends (since you're working nearby).
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20. Put the shock tower cap nuts and shock mount bolts back in and torque to spec.
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21. This completes the installation of your Scott Drake Mustang Lower Control Arm on one side of your Mustang. If you're installing a new lower control arm on the other side, start at the beginning of this guide for instructions. Once you're completely done, put the wheels and tires back on and remove the car from the jack stands. Make sure you get the car to a front end shop or tire shop for an alignment as soon as possible.