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5/22/13 9:12am - Original Message: 'Adjustable strut rod install question'
persico Gold Member
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Long Valley, NJ - USA

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1972 454 Coupe, 4 speed, Targa Blue with blue interior, luggage rack

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OK  Here's my next dumb question.  Purchased a set of adjustable strut rods and noticed the inboard ends do not have the eccentic bolt like the originals.  Understandable since the adjustable rods are used for alignment vs. the eccentric bolt.  However the new strut rods came with no instructions and a pack of hardware that has many square shims and washers and not sure what they are intended for?  Anyone have instructions?

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5/22/13 10:47am - Reply: 'Re: Adjustable strut rod install question'
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You got project fever! Without seeing them...the square washers may be for setting toe on the rear wheels...but that's just a guess...the round ones could replace the washers that go where the strut rod mounts itself..where the stock eccentric bolts go..maybe put up a pic of the parts would take the guess work out. Do you have the tool to remove the strut from the shock mount?

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5/22/13 1:33pm - Reply: 'Re: Adjustable strut rod install question'
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Thanks I'll post a pic of the parts when I get home.  Regarding the strut mount removal tool - I am lucky (for a change) I used the large bolt on the mounting bracket and a BFH and gave it a few taps and it came right off.  Not as lucky with the rest of the parts!  Project fever is an understatement...  I started this by looking under the rear end to see if there was any prayer of a build sheet on the tank...noticed some rust I wanted to clean up - now about $3,000 later I have purchased almost all of the parts from the wheel wells back new!  New tank and straps, rebuilt trailing arms with new spindles and rotors and brake lines, new struts (of course)  Spicer u-joints, new cross member bushings and cross member, new tail light housings, on and on and on!  Just need to get it all back together with nothing left over LOL!

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5/22/13 2:38pm - Reply: 'Re: Adjustable strut rod install question'
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I got mine from Van Steel.  The eccentric washer goes on the inboard side.  It doesn't adjust camber, it adjusts the up/down position of the strut rod.  I put mine at maximum "UP" so I would still get a little negative camber gain when cornering.  Use the square washer if you want the inboard end to be non-adjustable up/down.

On my '73, I had a little interference  with the outboard strut end and the 2 finger attachment on the wheel end.  See the upper-right portion of the photo below.  I clearanced the cast iron with my trusty little Dremel.    Send me a PM with your email address and I'll send you a couple more detailed photos that are too big to display here.

Strut Rod pic

(converted larger-than-life-sized pic to link-aapple)


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