[DML] Re: Checked my TABs.... AARG!!
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[DML] Re: Checked my TABs.... AARG!!

Rob, Toby, and all,

I am still in the very long and hard process of getting the TABs even
out of 6704 (don't have much time to work on it).  I finally got the
passenger side trailing arm off, had to cut the bolt, bought 2
new/used trailing arms, anyone need a passenger side trailing arm? 
One NOS, and one used.  The drivers side is going to be a royal pain,
this weekend hopefully.

But I agree with the large washer issue, the bigger one is not
available anymore, and these washers take a lot of abuse.  My drivers
side TAB is so corroeded it won't even move with a 2 foot breaker bar.
 I have NOS bushings to put in, and Toby TABs.  I have checked with
Pearce Designs, their SS trailing arms will only fit the SS frame they
sell.  So what to do?  Have new washers made of a harder material,
flip my old ones around to provide a new bearing surface...  And lot's
of cars are going to be due for this conversion soon anyway.

VIN 6704 and 4045

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, <rob@...> wrote:
> David,
> If money was no object and you're willing to live with a harsher
ride via an
> all metal Heim joint as per race car practice then you might
consider it. It
> would probably require completely redesigned trailing arms (ala Pierce
> Design but stock frame compatible)and be rather cost prohibitive. I
think an
> incremental approach by double-nut retention, stronger bolts,
washers, and
> perhaps even bushings (also expensive) would suffice. The first
three items
> combined with careful installation and torqueing would eliminate the
> majority of failures at a much more reasonable cost compared to custom
> (bespoke as they'd say in the U.K.) designed trailing arms.
> Rob Grady,
> P.J.Grady Inc.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of
> David Teitelbaum
> Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 1:02 PM
> To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [DML] Re: Checked my TABs.... AARG!!
> The hardness of the shims is also a problem. Another problem is the
> spacer inside the bushing. It can collapse especially if you
> overtorque the TAB. The whole set-up is a problematic area. It is not

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