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7/11/10 4:41pm - Original Message: 'Changing The Struts'
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edgwood, MD - USA

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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

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 I going to be changing the struts(one is bent) and my u-joints ,my question is should I remove the half shafts before doing the struts?I going to remove them when I do the u-joints I just don't know if they need to be in to add any support when doing the struts.
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7/11/10 8:11pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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Sebago Lake, ME - USA

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1978 Silver Anniversary L82 4spd (M21) Red Leather. -1978 Pace Car L82 4spd (M21) 20k miles.

Joined: 2/15/2007
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When I dropped my differential to replace the 1/2 shafts and the bushings in the strut rods I took a block of 3/4" wood and put it in under the trailing arms in the frame where the pivot bolt is. That supported them pretty good so they didn't hang down too low while I had everything out.

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7/12/10 7:38pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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edgwood, MD - USA

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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

Joined: 11/1/2007
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I got the struts today and wouldn't ya know it started to rain.Looking at the new strutrod I cann't see how one could get bent .But it did.Hopefully this weekend will be better weather wise and I can get it done.
                   Rick

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7/12/10 10:44pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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Oak Creek, WI - USA

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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

Joined: 5/21/2008
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Good Luck with that, Rich
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8/3/10 10:48pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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Lusby, MD - USA

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1981 WHITE ALT WITH ALL THE BELLS

Joined: 10/18/2003
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can you say tow truck.I bet thats how it got bent. 

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8/4/10 11:23am - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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edgwood, MD - USA

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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

Joined: 11/1/2007
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 As usual something came up and I didn't get to work on my car.I am planing to take it up to the base auto hobbyshop tomorrow(if nothing come up). The car has only been towed on a flat bed and that has only been 3 times.
                                       Rick

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8/4/10 11:41am - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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Mounds View, MN - USA

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70 LT1 coupe, 69 350 HP coupe, 69 390HP 427 coupe, 71 LS5 convert, 85 coupe, 93 coupe

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Poor quality alignment shops bend the struts to get the car into alignment.  Either they don't know how to adjust them, or something is so worn that they can't get it right.  In either case, bending is unacceptable.

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8/4/10 2:16pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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Oak Creek, WI - USA

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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

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Rich, you mentioned "Base"  are you in the Military??

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8/4/10 4:58pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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edgwood, MD - USA

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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

Joined: 11/1/2007
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I am retired Air Force 23 yrs.
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8/4/10 11:27pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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Sykesville, MD - USA

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1979 Corvette Coupe Corvette Light Blue Midnight Blue interior Mirrored Glass T-tops

Joined: 4/27/2008
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I didn't know you were Air Force, Rick! My daughter married a guy in the Air Force. He was stationed at Aviano in Italy but they just moved to Tucson, Arizona (whatever base that is). HOPE YOU GET IT ALL TOGETHER SOON!
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8/4/10 11:34pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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edgwood, MD - USA

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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

Joined: 11/1/2007
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I think it's called Kirkland AFB but I'm not sure ,I'm trying real hard to get her right by Sept.I already signed up so I gotta go (LOL).It just hasn't been my summer this year.A very noncorvette summer that isUnhappy.
                                          Rick


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8/7/10 1:49pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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edgwood, MD - USA

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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

Joined: 11/1/2007
Posts: 736
 I move the vette to the street today and the noise was bad,real bad .I don't think it's the bearing because it more of a knocking sound,and the bearing that I have heard fail at work didn't sound like that.So I am going to arrange a piggy back ride for Ol Blue just to get it up to the hobby shop.That way it's up there when I able to get there to work on it.This is one summer I would love to forget.(Hasn't been mine)
                               Rick

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8/7/10 1:54pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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Oak Creek, WI - USA

Vette(s):
1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

Joined: 5/21/2008
Posts: 1956
Rick,
Kirtland is in New Mexico
Arizona is (darn, I just had a brain fart) !!!!!
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8/7/10 1:55pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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Oak Creek, WI - USA

Vette(s):
1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

Joined: 5/21/2008
Posts: 1956
Where is that noise coming from????

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8/7/10 5:43pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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edgwood, MD - USA

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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

Joined: 11/1/2007
Posts: 736
They only let me go to Norton AFB in Ca ,that the only west coast base I got to see.Travis dosen't count because I was borading a plane there.Sorry about that BarryConfused Dan right Kirkland is in New Mexico. That noise is me trying to remember what base is in ArizonaWits End.
                     Rick


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8/7/10 5:48pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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HOWELL, NJ - USA

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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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8/7/10 6:06pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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edgwood, MD - USA

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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

Joined: 11/1/2007
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I remember from that from last year .I will have to look into while I have the car up on the lift.Thanks
                Rick
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8/7/10 6:20pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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edgwood, MD - USA

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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

Joined: 11/1/2007
Posts: 736
I remembered I remembered Luke AFB is In ArizonaThumbs Up See there something besides rock in the ol headLOL.Never been there though.
                   Rick 


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8/8/10 12:41am - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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Oak Creek, WI - USA

Vette(s):
1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

Joined: 5/21/2008
Posts: 1956
darn, you are correct.  It is Luke.  Hot and Dry as I recall.  We use to have AF bases in Michigan, now there is none.  Also Wisconsin and Ill.    Now only one in  Indiana.   Can you name that one!!!!
DanLOL
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8/8/10 8:23pm - Reply: 'Changing The Struts'
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edgwood, MD - USA

Vette(s):
1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

Joined: 11/1/2007
Posts: 736
Well in ILL. there is Scott AFB I spent 3 1/2 yrs there.None in Indiana,but Wright Paterson in Ohio.I remember the base in Michigan Sac base I think.They closed that one early in my Air Force adventure.
                 Rick

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