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Offline Perk2

Re: New rear control arms
« Reply #50 on: September 13, 2017, 02:40:46 PM »
I have just posted my notes on this in the Technical Section under "Rear Spherical Joint".
Perk
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Offline russ austin

Re: New rear control arms
« Reply #51 on: September 13, 2017, 05:15:08 PM »
Perk, when are you going to tackle the crappy strut rod bushings?
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Offline Peter.1961

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Re: New rear control arms
« Reply #52 on: September 13, 2017, 05:32:26 PM »
My spherical joint gave out under load (was doing a fast left turn into a busy street and inducing a fair bit of on-power oversteer) -- not a fun experience (the joint giving out.  The oversteer is always fun :-)).

I was fortunate and all I lost in the process was a fender skirt (the axle moved sideways, pushed it out, and it flew about 20 feet in the air and landed 100 feet down the road - and a truck ran it over before I could get it).  The body prevented the axle from moving more so I did not incur any further damage to the drive line etc.

Only one out of three times I had to get the caddy towed in 45k miles.

Definitely worthwhile replacing while you have the chance.
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Offline 62 Coupe

Re: New rear control arms
« Reply #53 on: September 13, 2017, 05:57:11 PM »
I forgot to mention that the bushing bolts should be tightened with the car at ride height. You can support the car with jack stands under the diff ends to get approximate ride height. It doesn't matter with the urethane equipped replacement control arms. The inner sleeve rotates in the bushing. I'll edit the previous post.
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Offline AutoCad

Re: New rear control arms
« Reply #54 on: September 14, 2017, 07:25:19 AM »
Understood. Thank you, gentlemen.
Been there and back, in my Cadillac...

Offline Perk2

Re: New rear control arms
« Reply #55 on: September 14, 2017, 10:15:04 AM »
Hi Russ,
Are you referring to the rear control arms discussed in this thread?
When strut rod is mentioned, I think of the front end and the long rods that connect from the wheel to the front cross member under the radiator.
Which are you referring to?
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Offline russ austin

Re: New rear control arms
« Reply #56 on: September 14, 2017, 09:07:41 PM »
Perk, I'm referring to the strut rods that you mentioned.
63 series 62 4 window sedan, 63 Superior Hearse
62 Fleetwood

Tucson, AZ  USA

Offline 62 Coupe

Re: New rear control arms
« Reply #57 on: September 18, 2017, 05:17:21 PM »
I got out in the garage today and made the risers and spring locators for the first 3 sets. I spent a bit of time making jigs too so that I can make the parts a little faster. I fully expect that I will have all of the spoken for trailing arms done this week and may even get all 10 sets built.

I left the spring locator open on one end to allow water and muck drain out.

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Re: New rear control arms
« Reply #58 on: September 18, 2017, 08:22:06 PM »
Nice job Dan as always.
I posted a write up on the rear spherical joint a while back.
Should be able to find in the search function.

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Offline Peter.1961

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Re: New rear control arms
« Reply #59 on: September 19, 2017, 03:09:56 AM »
Looking awesome! Can't wait to put those on my car :-)
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