Hi again to all Forum members,
Just wanted to wrap this idler arm problem up with my latest feedback. Before i start, a special thanks to all the Forum guys who reached out to help me find a solution to me finding a suitable product to replace my worn out '73 idler arm. For the Forum's benefit, there were three arms that were recommended to me as being a good replacement. PST/ Rare Parts/ WCCC. The prospect of me finding recommended replacement bushes for my existing idler arm was brought up by some members, but was left open for more discussion. Summit Racing sell a good variety of quality brand bushes at decent prices i believe.
Today, i am pleased to report that i followed up with my new mechanic guy. He was to measure up my inner and outer idler arm bushes with the prospect of finding suitable replacements here in Australia. Much to my surprise, he told me today that he was successful in finding a replacement idler arm assembly that fitted up and replaced perfectly my existing idler arm. What he found was that the Australian Ford Falcon idler arm assembly for Falcon
XA XB XC XD XE XF
XG 1972 - 1998; Fairlane ZF ZG ZH ZJ ZK ZL 1972 - 1998; Power and Manual Steering .. was a perfect copy part to replace my existing idler arm assembly. The price ranged from around $38.00 Au to $95.00 Au for the part. There was one small detail though that is worth mentioning. The length of the shaft of the bushing that connects to the drag link, had to be shortened a little to match my worn idler arm. A little bit of custom work there, and all good.
I guess that's good news for the Aussie guys who own 1,2,3 Mustangs. Not so good news for overseas owners. Here's why. Australian Ford Falcon production went from 1960 to 2016. I believe Ford Falcon America production went from 1960 to 1970. Given that American Falcon stopped production in 1970, means that American Falcon idler arms up to 1970 will not be compatible, as it's the Aussie Falcon arms only past 1972 that will be ok for the 1,2,3 Mustangs. These Aussie Falcon idler arms are in plentiful supply out here in Australia. One other thing that's finally worth mentioning is that the Scott Drake idler arm that doesn't fit properly for the 1,2,3 Mustangs, looks almost identical to the 1970 American Falcon idler arm assembly. Hmmmmmmmm............Beam me up Scotty Drake! See all my links below. However, it's good to know that for the American and Canadian, plus the rest of the World 1,2,3 Mustang guys, you can get your hands on the above mentioned three idler arm assemblies and bushings to get you out of jail, based on previous Forum recommendations.
So, glad i wrapped this problem up for myself, and with the help of dealing with a good old school run business and by an old school mechanic, that really knows what they are doing. You can't beat, or there is no substitute for experience in life. That's a fact. It's sad to see how the World has changed in the last 50 years or so, in regards to the business World giving once long hard earned experienced senior jobs and positions to young kids or staff with little to no background experience or proper training, that wouldn't know Jack. To put it another way, the World has been dumbed down as ignorance and lack of experience have been rewarded and have replaced real knowledge and years of hard earned experience and knowledge. There's a price to pay for that.
Have you ever noticed that we now live in a here today/throw away World. Enough said!
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Ford Steering Idler Arm XA XB XC XD XE XF XG Falcon Fairlane ZF ZG ZH ZJ ZK ZL
Lastly, it's interesting i've noticed that a lot of Aussie Ford falcon parts are interchangeable with American Ford Mustang cars. Lord Mr. Ford!
Thanks again guys,