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showbizkid
06-28-2008, 10:06 PM
I got a lot done on the Lark today, but I realized, now that the whole front end is together and the engine's back in, that I left out the upper A-Arm rebound bumpers - you know, the triangular ones that go under the upper arm to keep it from banging on the structure underneath?

So here's my question: Can I put a couple of guys on the bumper, put the floor jack under the kinpin, and get enough clearance to wiggle the bumper in there? Please don't tell me I have to take the kingpin apart again... :([V]


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StudeRich
06-28-2008, 10:18 PM
Whatdaya got Clark shortened (Lowered) SPRINGS! You should be able to work them in there easy on a stock front end!

The '63 Lark 2Dr. I just checked had over an inch of clearance over the top of the installed triangular rubber bumper! [:0]

If it's a tight fit, all you do is put the jack under the outboard end of the Lower "A" arm and raise it, no weight on the car, that makes it worse!

Also, after you drive it, and make some fairly hard stops, you can tighten and torque the bolts on the washers in the "A" arm bushings.

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

showbizkid
06-28-2008, 11:17 PM
I put in new springs, Rich, and they were a coil shorter but made of a slightly thicker wire size than the old ones.

I tried jacking under the kingpin, and I actually got the wheel off the ground without gaining enough clearance to get that bumper in there [8]


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PackardV8
06-28-2008, 11:28 PM
One way would be to pull the shock and use an internal spring compressor.

PackardV8

buddymander
06-28-2008, 11:36 PM
Jack it way up and put something under the tire; like a ramp, or some railroad tie...not concrete blocks. Then let the jack down.

sals54
06-29-2008, 02:03 AM
You might even consider trimming the rubber bumper just a tad to make the clearance to fit it. The height of the bumper is not that critical anyway.


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buddymander
06-29-2008, 10:07 AM
Then, if that doesn't give you enough clearance, just put the jack under the opposite side of the rear bumper and raise it there a little.

showbizkid
06-29-2008, 11:51 AM
Thanks for the advice, guys. I'll give it a try.


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www.studebakersandiego.com