I posted this over on Team Camaro, but figured I'd post here as well to see if anyone has restored their original ball joints:
My 68 Camaro has the original ball joints. The car was maintained religiously, so the ball joints are all good. I was checking things over the other day and saw that one of the uppers has a cracked boot. For those familiar with original ball joints, I have the following questions:
1) Is it possible to replace just the boots?
I was thinking about buying a set of 'correct' reproduction ball joints made by Classic Suspension, then carefully removing the boots and installing them on my original ball joints.
2) Can a new boot be installed on the upper or lower ball joints without removing the ball joint?
On the uppers, it looks like the boot is held in place with a sleeve. Not sure if I can remove this sleeve without taking the BJ out of the A-arm.
On the lowers, it looks like I could just swap the boots.
So, has anyone done (or attempted) this?