I just finished a near-complete rebuild of my front end - everything but the lower control arms.
I put a set of Moog UCA's on my car (A 1995 Thunderbird LX) they're great! They even come with the grease fitting on top. I got them from www.autopartswarehouse.com
as outlined below.
1989 - 1995 Ford Control Arm Price: $75.95 Qty: 1 Part #: MOK8596
1989 - 1995 Ford Control Arm Price: $75.95 Qty: 1 Part #: MOK8598
Sub Total: $151.90
I got the 96-97 TBird Sport Front shocks and the upper mounting brackets from Jason (FordPartsCounter) for $201.68 The new upper mounting bracket is a much improved design over the original that was on my car. You can reuse the original mounting brackets but I would recommend replacing them.
The Goodyear shop I took mine to charged me $25.00 to put the front assemblies together with my new Vogtland Springs.
I'm not sure why he would tell you that you need to replace your rear stabilizer bar, aka the sway-bar. It's solid metal and unless it's rusted all to hell there should be no need to replace it. You may need new bushings for it and/or the end links, other than that there's no need to replace it. I'd say 75% of that $1250 estimate is labor, the parts are not that expensive.
I spent $378.00 on UCA's, Front Shocks, the upper mounts, and assembly of the shock/spring assemblies. The Lower control arms run about $110.00 see HERE
I also replaced the original stock rubber bushings on the front sway bar with polyurethane bushings - Another $22.00. Doing the work myself... Priceless!
See: Some pictures of my Rebuild HERE
I used loner tools from AutoZone and saved a fortune there. You will need a good metric set of sockets and metric ratcheting wrenches. I can tell you which special one's you'll need if you're interested. A torque wrench is a must too.
I hope this helps put prices in perspective for ya.
Mods? Yea, I got mods ...
Air silencer delete, warp drive, dilithium crystals, flux capacitor, Slingshot Rubber band power adder, Moonshine & Gas, Leaf Blower Supercharger, Hamster Wheel & Hamster, Energizer Bunny generating 1.21 gigawatts, Mr. Fusion® Home Energy Reactor, hover conversion and a sextant celestial navigation system (The original GPS)
Best 1/4: 1,320 nanoseconds @ 670,616,629.2 miles per hour
"There isn't that much difference anymore between spacecraft, aircraft and modern automobiles..." - Keith Henry, NASA's Langley Research Center
See a list of my real mods and pictures of my car HERE
. The true performance of my car was made possible by the Carolinas Crew Chief, RobertP
at Rob's Tire & Auto