RIP: George Morris - 1955 - 2016 - Orange71 Winter Projects

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by Orange71, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. Orange71

    Orange71 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    It's been a long winter and I've started a few projects on the car. I've just begun to get some of those finished.
    I wanted to stiffen up the suspension/chassis a little bit so i did some shopping at PTFB. I bought their front sway bar brace (actually I bought it from a site member), adjustable rear sway bar kit, and their new adjustable pro g-braces.

    First to be finished was the front sway bar brace -

    Installing it seemed pretty straight forward as it mounts between the frame and sway bar frame bushings. I didn't take a lot of pics of the install but there's a few things that needs to be done to make it fit right. The frame plate will need to be trimed to sit flat on the frame. The plate is a little big and interfers with the frame overlap seams. Also, on mine I had to drill out the holes as they didn't line up exactly right. I didn't like the fact that the brace and swar bar would be held onto the frame with the same bolts. So I welded the brace to the frame once I had it all lined up then bolted the sway bar back on. The kit comes with longer bolts and other hardware.
    Looks pretty good with the T/A 1-1/4" sway bar.

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  2. krabben1

    krabben1 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Looks good George.
     
  3. olstyle

    olstyle Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Looks good George..................winter is almost over :bowtie:
     
  4. Orange71

    Orange71 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    While I was under the front of the car I noticed that the right side LCA frame mount had a cracked weld and seperated from the frame a bit :eek: :

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    Many years ago when this was my daily driver, I hit a curb at slow speed (raining, bias ply tires, wheels turned, car went straight). Anyway, it broke the tire, bent the rim and bent the lower ball joint. I'm guessing that's when this started and it took this long to showup. I'm under the car a lot and I never noticed it before now.

    It's fixed now:
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  5. Orange71

    Orange71 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Thanks Chris!

    Thanks Guy! Almost over and I'm not ready yet...
     
  6. olstyle

    olstyle Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Well get busy man ;)
     
  7. Keizer

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    That's a beefy addition on that sway bar brace. That control arm mount crack was a good catch. I have seen some guys go through a re-weld everything on the sub frame. I never did this, but wish I would have.
     
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  9. 5spd540

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  10. protour73

    protour73 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Underneath looks as good as topside, but I would expect that from you George. MORE PICS, MORE PROGRESS!!!! :cool:
     

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