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Bill Pressler
11-21-2006, 11:29 AM
I have my car in a restoration shop having some mechanical work done and one of the things I requested is new upper and lower control arm bushings to alleviate that squishing noise when I get in and out and at low speeds. My shop said he's not heard of them. Does anybody know where I can get them, and if they're really worth the cost difference over any other type of bushing?

Much thanks,
Bill Pressler
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1

Dick Steinkamp
11-21-2006, 11:48 AM
You really shouldn't be getting in and out of the car when it's moving...even at low speeds :D[:o)]

Seriously, many of the Studebaker vendors listed here carry them...

http://www.studebakervendors.com/

Here's Chuck Collins...

https://www.studebakerparts.com/studebakerparts/parts/agora.cgi?page=suspension.html

Are you sure the squishing noise isn't the shocks? I've never heard the control arm bushings "squish" on any of the Studes I've owned.

These Delrin bushings (and the associated ones for the anti sway bar)in theory take some of the slop out of the suspension. I personally can't tell the difference between a Delrin equipped Stude and a similar one with fresh rubber bushings (but then I'm not very sensitive :))

http://static.flickr.com/100/301465853_2dbe07b7c6_m.jpg
Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

63Avanti
11-21-2006, 01:24 PM
In the process of fabbing my own rear suspension and anti-sway bar bushings out of delrin. My reason for this is the major stability improvement I got on my Volvo 745, a car with significantly stiffer stock suspension than any Stude, when I replaced rubber with either Urethane or Delrin. One additional improvement that I needed was to replace the "stock" American shocks with KYBs, Koni, or Bilstein, to absorb the loss of "squish" in the bushings.

For this reason, until I find something like a Bilstein TC for my fronts, I am not likely to replace the front bushings with Urethane or Delrin.

One note, look at Summit Racing bushings. Several look like they would fit. No promises, just an observation.

Another note. "My shop said he's not heard of them" All the shops I dealt with in NJ knew about them, and most even had their favorites and would defend their favorite. I have not done similar work in TX, but I would hope that this will not be a mystery to them if I cannot DIY!



quote:Originally posted by Bill Pressler

I have my car in a restoration shop having some mechanical work done and one of the things I requested is new upper and lower control arm bushings to alleviate that squishing noise when I get in and out and at low speeds. My shop said he's not heard of them. Does anybody know where I can get them, and if they're really worth the cost difference over any other type of bushing?

Much thanks,
Bill Pressler
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1



Terry, North Texas
1963 Avanti R2, 63SR1065
(in stage 1 resto "Project A")
http://sterkel.org/avanti
1985 Kubota L2202(Diesel)
2000 VW Jetta GLS
1999 Toyota rice burner

Bill Pressler
11-21-2006, 04:49 PM
Thanks for the info...I passed Chuck Collins' website page showing them, onto the shop.

Bill Pressler