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  • It's Sunday and thinking of going to the Saratoga Car Show. Just checked the dates, oops, it's next Sunday. Ok then, I'll get on to the lower control arm.

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    Amazing how many nooks an crannies there are on this.

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    Fitting the replacement seats and actually able to use one of the reinforced original mounting holes.

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    Factory support which allows my Transit Connect seat to be pretty much located perfectly fore, aft and centered, I'm amazed.

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    Rear foot is pretty close to fitting in the factory seat belt hole. I may just have to drill a couple of holes in the rail to fit it.

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    Right rear hangs in the air, so a bracket will have to be made to fit it properly.

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    Right front will interfere with the center console mounting, but the seat is more important to me than the center console. I'll have to fabricate support for the seats on both sides and I haven't even fitted the passenger side with the floor heater. Hopefully, there is enough room for the inner foot to mount.

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    • The overdrive switch on the throttle was sketchy, so I wanted to look into it.

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      All contacts were dirty and loose, leading to poor connections.

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      It does sorta, kinda work.

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      Dirty contacts and in need of lubing.

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      Crudy solder job linking the tab to the fuse holder and wobbles as well. A quick cleaning and resolder, peened the brass rivets and everything is now tight.

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      Everything looks like it's working reliably. Amazing what a little solder, cleaning, lubing with die electric grease and time will fix. Time for a Hagen Das.

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      • Got up early to work on the car since it's been in the 90's here and my garage faces south. So I raised my flag and went to the garage at 6am. I wanted to try to get the right side suspension done.

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        I had to modify my support to accommodate the inner shaft

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        And it's in. Time to put in the outer pin.

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        No matter how I lined everything up, the wedge would start to spin. So instead of hammering it, I used the press to fit it.

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        I fiddled with the bushings and just can't get it right. It seems to take a lot of effort to run these in which tells me I'm dong something wrong. Any suggestions?

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        • It's 8:30am and time to pack it in and take the wife to breakfast and the car show.

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          For some reason, I really like this car.

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          Hemi powerered

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          The interior is well done. French seams even!

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          • Along with the usual "yawn" Tri-Fives, we know what they look like.

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            There was a good assortment of cars, something for everyone. Time for a rootbeer float, it's hot out.

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            • Hi Topper, have a look/read of this post it my be helpful ( Upper & Lower Control arm Bushings Studebaker Drivers Club Forum) Dated 01-01-2008. Cheers Harryhawk

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              • Originally posted by Harryhawk View Post
                Hi Topper, have a look/read of this post it my be helpful ( Upper & Lower Control arm Bushings Studebaker Drivers Club Forum) Dated 01-01-2008. Cheers Harryhawk

                Thanks Harry, I'll check it out.

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                • Topper, I am doing a Concours restoration on my 64 Super Hawk. I may have a few items left over. When I inventory those items, Ill let you know what is left. If you want any items, just offer to pay shipping and Ill send out. First, Ill list you as a PM
                  Mark

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                  • Originally posted by mch View Post
                    Topper, I am doing a Concours restoration on my 64 Super Hawk. I may have a few items left over. When I inventory those items, Ill let you know what is left. If you want any items, just offer to pay shipping and Ill send out. First, Ill list you as a PM
                    Mark

                    Thanks Mark! I look forward to seeing what you have left.

                    Roland

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                    • Hi gang! Well, I've been spending a lot of time on the right side suspension and read what I could on installing the outer bushings correctly. I even brought my control arm down to Carl and Hermann to see if they have any suggestions. I can't seem to relieve the amount of tension on the outer pins. I've spread the arms out to the correct measurement. When started, the bushing goes in well, but once torqued down, it seizes the pin and is very difficult to move. Carl warned me that the control arm can only take so many cycles of bushing removal and installing, so I am being careful. I've got the lower pin to where it finally has stiff movement which I think is the best I can get it. The upper control arm outer pin is a whole different ball game. Not matter how I place the bushings, it seized the pin upon torquing down even remotely to any significant amount. I spent most of Saturday just working on the upper arm trying to keep the pin free enough so it won't tear itself apart on the first bump.

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                      As you can tell, it's stiff enough to hold the position. Everything tells me this is wrong and wear of components will commence immediately on the first drive down the road. Even though I've read through the links Harry has provided, I'm no nearer to feeling comfortable in letting this go like this. If I back off the rear upper bushing just two turns, the pin moves freely and I can accept that, but I cannot see that being an option, (I did have fleeting thoughts of tack welding it there a few times, but I suppose it's a good thing my welder is broken at the moment). I'm sure I am doing something wrong, but Carl and Hermann told me it's difficult to get past the original threads and the new bushings may be falling into them. Anyway, I will post this in Tech Talk also.

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                      I moved on to something I could progress onto, more cleaning!

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                      And painting.

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                      A lucky thing I took it apart, as the upper pin is worn out. Probably due to someone letting it go when it was tight.

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                      • Ugh, I am tired of cleaning and painting.

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                        • I know the feeling. It is amazing how much dirt, grease, oil, and rust can accumulate on an old car. Hang in there, it will all be clean some day.

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                          • I started in earnest Saturday and wanted to get as much done as possible. I started on the left side front suspension. A arm bushings in mounted onto the chassis. I was able to work the pins and this side went in way better than the troublesome right side. I used the spreader tool from SI and had to modify it to work in my situation. The original tool is hinged on the rear, this one uses a bolt which really limits travel.

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                            Even though I don't posses the experience with this setup, I am learning a lot and figuring it out as I go. The left side went very well and I learned that you spread the control arm until they are parallel, I threw the .015" out the window. I also used the spreader tool at the end of the arm, not in the notch which seems to be where it fits. It doesn't provide even spreading there, at least for me. I kept the tool in all the time I was installing the bushings and it worked out to where the effort to swing the pins were quite easy. Just enough resistance to not drop on its own, but not seized like the right side. I was happy with the results and finished the left side.

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                              OK, brand new gas charged Gabriel shocks. One is not like the other. I'll install the extended one first.

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                              Installing the Turner Kit on the left side. The hose is a bit of an issue as the angle of the caliper forces the hose on swing to interfere with the frame. I'll have to figure something out.

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                              Here is the reason the upper left side pin kept seizing when I torqued the bushing down. The rear opening was stripped and it never torqued down, but only when it cinched down on the pin. I think I may weld a bead in there and cutting back to where the bushing can torque down correctly.
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                              • Well, finally got the welder working enough to lay some ugly beads down to fix the stripped out control arm.

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                                Took about an hour of grinding to get to a reasonable finish.

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                                And the bushing went in well and the amount of effort to move the control arms was reasonable and I considered it fixed.

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                                I do seem to be missing a couple of needle bearings for the kingpin, so I had to stop here today. Anyone have a two needle bearings they can spare? I understand you cannot get the separate ones anymore, just the entire caged bearings.

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