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sonett - refreshing front right axle, seals, bearings, etc

Both front outer axel boots are ripped. The left just recently ripped. The right has been ripped for a while now and it the car started making noises when turning. Once it got to this point I parked the car until I could mend the seals.

It turns out the outer axle boot is not so easily replaced. You have to take the axle out and dissemble it to get the new boot on. As long as I was doing that, I figured I would freshen up the entire assembly. I ended up bead blasting and powder coating nearly everything. 

Thankfully I was able to find new parts on line so I got new wheel bearings and seals, new axel boots, and new lower ball joints. These are all things that

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old ripped boot
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yeah, the hub is looking pretty bad
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removing brake caliper bolts
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of course the hub did not just slip off the axle like it should
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this hub puller made very quick work of it
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2 minutes later its done
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brake rotor is not looking great but its good enough for now
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dust shield removed. Car is a 74 but it says 73 in junkyard paint on it. Prior accident maybe?
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yuck
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removing upper steering knuckle bolts, at least I think thats what its called
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lower ball joint. It seems okay but I will replace it for completeness
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axle finally removed
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what a cool assembly. Its like a mechanicle engineers dream
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couple taps with a hammer and the axle falls out of hub
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viola
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retaining clip on top. It will be replaced as a matter of course
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its a puzzle getting the balls out so the rest can be removed for cleaning
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just tilt it far to one side and pop the first ball out. Repleat until all balls
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looking very rough
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bearing seals actually appear to be intact.
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bead blasted, ready for powder coating
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grease is not looking too good
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had to hammer the lip back up to remove the bearing nut thingy
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hammer and chisle finally loosened this nut thingy
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old bearing removed. That thing is massive. Just one bearing for each wheel
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I wanted to replace the control arm bushings but the nuts in the engine compartment cant be removed
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at leat until the engine is removed
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wheel hub blasted and powder coated. Metal to metal contact surfaces not powder coated but painted
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brake disc to hub mating surface not powdered or painted
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1000 times better than before
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looking hot
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ready for reassembly
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perfect size to hammer new bearing in using outer bearing race
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ended up not using supplied grease
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better than new
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new lower ball joint
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super sexy. And also quiet again when turning
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