My question is are the inner/outer sleeves available new? All the used strut rods I have found are rusty and I'm sure the sleeves are junk and will not survive a separation during install. How do the restorers get around this problem? Thanks in advance.
I believe they are available new but not with any bushing that resembles stock. NOS kits come up for sale occasionally . The 70 version of the strut rod kit (which has the sleeves)is by far the easiest to come by relatively speaking. They reproduce the strut rods but they are available nice used from a variety of vendors that specialize in used parts . FYI It best to buy a part like this from a vendor not located in the rust belt.
I hope this helps.Bob