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Good morning I search a front right suspension arm for my 1969 Plymouth Valiant V100. Here in France the mechanic said that the mechanical part doesn't exist anymore and that it should completely refashioning it on measure Please hepl me.. :( Thanks a lot. cordially,Mlle Provost

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Sorry but i think hes right ,look on some american web sites for classic parts but if no joy then ask mechanic to have a new ball joint fitted as you have the same vehicle inspection in france as the rest of europe ,its a europeon standard so if you cannot find a new one on a american web site for voitures then yes rebuild it like i had to on a daihatsu for a customer

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Upper Ball Joint Removal & Installation Ball joints on this vehicle are an integral part of the control arm. If the ball joint is defective, the entire control arm must be replaced.
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Upper Control Arm Removal & Installation
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2. Remove or disconnect the following:
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