Author Topic: 61-62 Trailing Arms  (Read 201 times)

Offline 62 Coupe

61-62 Trailing Arms
« on: August 28, 2018, 08:38:46 PM »
1959 to 1964 rear trailing arms. These are improved replacement rear trailing arms that are stiffer and come with polyurethane bushings that provide better diff control. This makes the car handle better and may reduce or eliminate drivel train vibrations. Here is a recent quote on the last set to go out...

"Yet another 63 reporting in on another web site. The new trailing arms have cured a 70 MPH vibration and squirlly rear end shimmy."

This is a link to 4 sets I have on ebay. I have 2 sets held back for direct sale and 10 more sets in the works.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/59-64-Cadillac-Trailing-Arms/153149465329?hash=item23a86b62f1%3Ag%3AeGAAAOSw83dbe4S-&fits=Year%3A1960%7CMake%3ACadillac%7CModel%3ADeVille%7CSubmodel%3ABase%7CEngine+-+Liter_Display%3A6.4L%7CTrim%3ABase%7CEngine%3A6.4L+6392CC+390Cu.+In.+V8+GAS+OHV+Naturally+Aspirated
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Offline Clewisiii

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Re: 61-62 Trailing Arms
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2018, 08:26:15 AM »
I think I should buy a set of these before I start driving my car. The disc brake conversion pushes my wheels out 3/4 of an inch. If I have to much sway in the trailing arms my wheels will hit the fender skirts.
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Offline 62 Coupe

Re: 61-62 Trailing Arms
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2018, 10:59:26 AM »
The upper control arm spherical joint locates the axle side to side but the trailing arms are really important in controlling diff rotation and yaw. When the trailing arm bushings are either soft or worn, the axle will yaw or rotate around the spherical joint. I never would have considered this if I didn't take that video of my diff while driving the car. When I drove into my back lane at an angle to the curb, the diff wobbled around like a drunken hula dancer. That made sense to me when I thought about how my car handled when pushed hard around a corner. The rear end seemed very loose and the car would "rear steer" where the rear end would step out but the tires weren't sliding, it was the diff rotating around the spherical joint. With your wheel spacers, there won't be much room for that kind of diff movement. 
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Offline cadsquatch

Re: 61-62 Trailing Arms
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2018, 10:51:33 PM »
Ordered some last Friday from eBay, hope they fix my 4 wheel steering feeling at highway speeds.
1961 Fleetwood 60 Special
1957 Fleetwood Series 75 Sedan
1947 Fleetwood 60 Special

Offline 62 Coupe

Re: 61-62 Trailing Arms
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2018, 12:12:25 AM »
I have had only positive feed back on the control arms. They definitely do a much better job of locating the rear axle. Let us know how you get on with the install and results. If you have any installation questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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Offline cadsquatch

Re: 61-62 Trailing Arms
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2018, 01:47:32 AM »
I replaced all the rear bushings 2 years ago, should be a pretty straight forward swap.  Bought no name bushings off of eBay and the ride has never been the same. 
1961 Fleetwood 60 Special
1957 Fleetwood Series 75 Sedan
1947 Fleetwood 60 Special

Offline 62 Coupe

Re: 61-62 Trailing Arms
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2018, 09:33:44 AM »
Here is a photo of my car with OPGI bushings after two years. The rear axle is on jack stands so the weight of the car is on the axle. You can see how distorted the rear bushing is as it tries to support the weight of the car. Might as well use marshmallow instead of rubber! The trailing arms I am making use bushings that are urethane and readily available for less than $20 USD. I doubt you would ever need to replace them but if you did, they don't need to be pressed in, they can be changed by hand.

One recent client described his car driving like it had a trunk full of dirt as in the rear end was all over the road due to severe overloading. With the new trailing arms and urethane bushings it was like a new car.
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Offline cadsquatch

Re: 61-62 Trailing Arms
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2018, 11:56:54 PM »
Got my arms last week and got them put in this last week.  They cured all of my rear end sway issues at highway speeds.  The rubber bushings that were 2 years old were pretty cracked and crappy looking.  Thanks for making such a quality replacement!!
1961 Fleetwood 60 Special
1957 Fleetwood Series 75 Sedan
1947 Fleetwood 60 Special

Offline 62 Coupe

Re: 61-62 Trailing Arms
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2018, 11:53:17 AM »
Great to hear that your problems are solved. Thanks for being a customer!
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