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$100 ball joints? Realy?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by caddy62, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. caddy62
    Joined: Sep 13, 2011
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    caddy62
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    from kentucky

    Ok, so I went to replace my lower ball joints today in my 62 cadillac devillle and almost fell over when the man said $100 each:eek:. My question is, can I use a ball joint from another full size GM car (Buick, Olds, Pontiac...). If they would fit some what close they could be spot welded or the control arm could be modified.
     
  2. Scarebird
    Joined: Sep 26, 2006
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    from ABQ, USA

    try pricing some 1957 Buick...
     
  3. ryno
    Joined: Oct 6, 2005
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    That is about right.
    What till ya price out the upper rear one.

    I have never heard of anyone sub'n a different part number.
    I dont think that's a part I would like to experiment on!
     
  4. Blk210
    Joined: Feb 9, 2008
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    from New Market

    could always measure them and put a more common size pocket in the arm and reem the spindle, but then again considering it is a 62 how many times you plan on having to change them?
     

  5. badshifter
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    Welcome to Caddyhood. You hear that sound? It's the frame swap brigade coming to your rescue!
     
  6. krooser
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    My Dodge Ram ones were $80.00...

    BTW...for the extra $20.00 I'd keep the Caddy frame...
     
  7. squirrel
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    Caddy has always been a luxury brand, if you can afford to buy a Caddy then you can afford to spend a bit extra for the parts.
     
  8. Jarzenhotrods
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    Wow! Try paying $275.00 like I have to for a 54 Lincoln.
     
  9. shoebox72
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    You aint kiddin'. 57 Olds aint too far off either.
     
  10. 6inarow
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    Damn near makes you sorry you brought it up, huh?
     
  11. HellsHotRods
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    American Made front end parts for Cadillac , that's about the right price. You can get Indian mixed metal ones from Kanter for less, if you like to press your luck on the road. It's getting harder to even find American made ball joints for early Cadillac's etc.... so make sure you get USA and pay the price.
     
  12. Xdrag48
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  13. caddy62
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    Heck yeah, thats what I'm talkin about and I think my wife has a credit card for amazon, gonna have to do a bit of suckin up. Man this is my first Caddy and it is about to break me, I done some trading around with a golf cart for it but I guess it's gonna get my money one way or another.
     
  14. oldcarfart
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    Did you try Rock Auto .com?
     
  15. derpr
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    I bought some for a 75 dodge for $75 A piece. so a $100 for a 62 does"t sound that far off. If you look around you might find a better price.
     

  16. amen to that.
     
  17. treb11
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    &76.79 at Rockauto.com doesn't beat amazon price, but heres a discount code too: 69648205780048
     
  18. Damn, Squirrel, rub it in why dontcha. :p
     
  19. 39 All Ford
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    Yep, same on my 55 Lincoln...

    Kind of tough....
     
  20. caddy62
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    Ok, so these moog ball joints, are they american made? pretty sure they are but now days they can put anything on the box. Hey thanks for the discount code too.
     
  21. arkiehotrods
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    I wanna see photos of your Caddy
     
  22. Duct tape and wire lowered cars are cool man..
     
  23. caddy62
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    Yeah I will try to get pics up, right now it aint much to look at, basicly an empty hull with partial primer and air ride suspension. Hey but I guess they all have to start somewhere.
     
  24. cadillac dave
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    new parts , MADE IN U.S.A ? I doubt it, most are made offshore. just buy the $100 U.S.A. ones , you will be glad you did. I bought a whole set from Kanter. what garbage. put them on during the fall,greased them, stored the car for the winter, and when I went to grease them before I drove in the spring, all the rubber was cracked!!!!!!!!!!! grease wouldn't stay in to properly keep the junk made parts working, WASTE OF TIME WASTE OF MONEY. buy U.S.A. made parts and consider yourself lucky you can find them. just my opinion. Cadillac Dave
     
  25. rld14
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    That's no surprise. Ball Joints for my 1960 Lincoln? I'd be happier than a Sailor in Bangkok if they were only $100 each.

    These cars disappeared from the highways over 30 years ago, the few places making them have to amortize costs over small production runs.
     
  26. caddy62
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    from kentucky

    Gotcha.... USA = Good Foriegn = Crap but which ones are actualy made in america? The moog ones at the parts store are $100 + and the moog ones on amazon or rockauto are $50-$75... does this mean they are cheapo knock offs or they are just able to sell them at a lower price? Don't wanna end up in the ditch but if I can save a few bucks on the same product then hell yeah I want to.
     
  27. Xdrag48
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    No,it means there buying power is more than anyone else and they get great deals from the same companys.buying bulk saves them money and they can sell cheaper passing the savings on to there customers.
    Moog is a good product...

    Steve
     
  28. guess at a 45% discount asking the question was a good idea! i was using a brand new (10) hours on it john deere backhoe and one of the ball joints simply fell in half moving it so called the dealer and WTF! $275:eek: so i decided to take some specs called a local truck parts place $29 common large truck part used on just about all newer trucks! better yet ran his part number with my buddy at napa was $24 bucks for a moog ball joint. picked up the part and dropped by the JD dealer to compare, only thing different was $251 and the box!:eek: exact match and the JD guy couldnt even believe it until he looked at receipt. pays to shop bigtime,
     
  29. zman
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    from Garner, NC

    Yep, $1200 for a set and you have to have rebuildable cores... That was pretty much my whole justification for the Jag front end under my car...
     
  30. jonathan
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
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    jonathan
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    Moog = quality.
     

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