1963 Polara strut and suspension parts ID

Brakes, Steering & Suspension

  1. Willaz

    Willaz New Member

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    Hello all,

    I'm trying to reassemble my v8/auto 63 Polara which was taken almost completely apart and scattered around sometime in the 90's. I'm pulling from parts found in the trunk...

    Hoping for help identifying the correct bushings for the strut rods, and if there are any bushings associated with the torsion bars. I didn't find a sway bar with the parts and am not sure if the car had one.

    Are there bushings on the strut rods at the LCA side? Or just a washer and nut? The 12pt nut pictured was threaded on the LCA side of the strut rod. Does it belong to the assembly or something else? This bushings pictures in my hand appear to be old strut bushings. How about the bushings, sleeves, and grommets in the last pics?

    I know the torsion bars are specific to L/R side, is there also a specific front/rear orientation? The torsion bar adjusting lever bushing on the LCA is stuck on the spindle. I'm going to start with lube and a pry bar to remove them for the strut rod install.

    I have a 1963 Chilton's service manual to work from, but I'd be interested in buying a factory service manual. Any advice, and especially diagrams will be very appreciated.
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  2. R/T Boy 67

    R/T Boy 67 Well-Known Member

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    The strut rods bolt into the LCA with no bushings. New bushings are available for the other end. Torsion bars are usually installed with the part numbers to the rear, but it doesn't matter. Left and right matters. I would install new LCA bushings. Pick up a factory service manual.
     
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    • Nate S

      Nate S Well-Known Member

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      The two bushings you show look like (big one) the front strut bushing. Lube it up and pull it through the hole then put one cupped washer on the strut and run it through, place other washer and tighten nut until it bottoms out. Later struts have a roll pin to retain, early ones don’t. (Little one) looks like a front sway bar bushing. Works the same way but pulls through the sway bar mount that bolts to the end of the K-frame.
       
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        1) '63 FSM & FPC: MyMopar , click on "Resource Library."
        2) No bushings associated with torsion bars.
        3) There was an OEM sway bar available.
        4) The bushings pictured in your hand are old strut rod bushings.
        5) The bushing in picture #1 is the correct one-piece tapered strut rod bushing. They're also shown in pictures #5, 6, 7.
        6) I can't read the applications on the Moog box in picture #4. Try to google the Moog P/N K354.
        7) Picture #5 looks like a combination of UCA, LCA, and strut rod bushings.
        8) "Torsion bar adjusting lever bushing on the LCA"?
         
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