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5/4/11 11:25am - Original Message: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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Got the TA apart today and sanded down..now just need a few bushings bearings and seals..

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5/4/11 1:09pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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Rich, if those mufflers are round, be sure and hang on to them if he ever decides to replace the exhaust....those appear to be the factory muffies.


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5/4/11 1:56pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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Rich, when are you working your full time job! You always seem to be working on your car. Where do you get the energy! When I get home after work all I can do is sit down then I wake up and its the middle of the night then head to bed! You have will be done with all your work and I wont have started!  lol Cant wait to see the pics of your trailing arm rebuild. I have one of them to do at some point! Doin a great job, keep the posts comin!
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5/4/11 5:36pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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Rodney I really don't know what's wrong with me..I really enjoy working on these things..its very relaxing to me..when compared to work..it has picked up the last few weeks now and another guy left to go work a field rep job for Audi..so there is more there now than ever..I had the TA off in no time..tore it apart at work and sanded it all down..picked up the Timken bearings and seals in the way home and will set them up tonight..should have enough shims left over from mine to do it..let me know when you are ready I can set them up for you no problem..I only have to buy one tool for the front TA bushing stake..other than that I am becoming a tool guy..got almost everything I need..

Also if a moderator sees this could this be moved to suspension as I plan to continue with the rebuild ..thanks

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5/4/11 5:49pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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Looking good, Rich, once again! Is your father-in-law bringing it to Carlisle? And WHY isn't he a member yet?????????

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5/5/11 7:02am - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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I think he will bring it up to Carlisle..he goes anyhow right..I have a rear diff issue I found last night that is going to add some time I think..and a few more parts..got some heavy end play on the DS output shaft in the rear diff..have to figure out if I can replace the shaft or I have to go into the diff and rebuild it also..either way it will still be done in the months time..I ordered my bushing kits last night..and will do the bearing setup today..hopefully do some u joints on the PS axle tonight..he has a computer at home that rivals a brick..in terms of power..I think it was designed to be thrown thru a window..someday he may get a new one but he's got other stuff that he's doing now..we'll see..

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5/5/11 5:17pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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I have his computer's mate! The only difference is that ours died the other night. Talk about good news / bad news! It'll be GREAT to get a new one but I hate paying for it! Oh well, now mine IS a brick. It sounds like you should just bite the bullet and just rebuild the whole thing! It looks like the POs dropped the ball when it came to the rear!
 
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5/5/11 6:46pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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He did drop the ball..he had the car signed up for Carlisle auction and took it out once I pointed out the rear issue..I really thought it was just a bushing..it moved so much I really couldn't tell..it moved back and forth inside the area where all the shims were supposed to be..thing that really irritates me is the car was inpsected not more that 80 miles ago..and 40 or more of those miles would have been driving it here from storage! I know I could really make a stink about it..may think a while on how to Pursue that one!.. its a guy who had a car he really liked then parked it when he got his 03.. not really a big deal..just a little more work and this cars suspension will be new!

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5/8/11 1:05pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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So we are making a mommy day lunch and the wifey fires up the stove..I got the look..what the #### is that smell??? so I grab some rags cause she warmed them up a bit..and put them in the garage..forgot I had those in there!!

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5/8/11 2:04pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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I guess I have to ask, what were you doin with the parts in the oven? I have never put parts in an oven. Thought about buying an oven to do some powder coating but it would be for just that! If all you got was the "look" you were lucky. Wifey here would have killed me! Oh well, Im sure you'll have a great reason! Big smile I just cant wait to hear it! Hope the rest of the day goes better for ya, do you hide parts anywhere else? Showed my wife your pic she says she'd kill me if I brought parts into the house!
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5/8/11 2:12pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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Rodney that's funny..the look was the usual..I am sitting in the garage watchin tv now..hopefully she doesn't put some weird stuff in the crab cakes..she really doesn't cook much and she doesn't really cook much well but what she does cook well is pretty good..so what I am saying..she doesn't use the stove much!! Why they are in there..I used a BBQ grill paint and baked it on..got them warm to about 150 degrees then let them cool to touch..then took them in the garage and painted them..then after they dry for a day I stick them back in the stove at 200 degrees for an hour to bake the paint on completely ..then shut it off and let them cool down..works good and the paints sticks good too..can't wait to do the other side!

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5/8/11 2:32pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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Rich, You should look for an old electric oven for in the garage and go to powder coating. Having painted parts in the oven you use for food cant be a good thing! But if they look good Im ok with it. And its for the vette so its all good! Cant wait to see this thing! I'll be home this coming weekend, maybe I can find some time to make a trip out to see it!
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5/8/11 3:33pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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It doesn't leave any residue as far as I know..since they did dry for a day before hand..the oven burned off anything before we made diner!! I don't have any plans next weekend..except hopefully putting the diff back in!..then its spin the car around and do the front bushings..still looking good for a month rebuild!!

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5/8/11 5:18pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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Got the diff out ..and diff..Dern mushroom would not release..of course it did after I popped the diff out..dern itso now its cut clean and rebuild time!!

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5/8/11 8:51pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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Rich, did you just cut your exhaust? Are you putting new on it? I decided when I do the exhaust on mine I am going to try butting the pipes together and use the wrap around clamps. That way it will be easier to remove when working on the car.
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5/8/11 8:59pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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Yup..sawzall power!..I will either use the wrap clamps or weld it..not really a big deal..got that clump of rear in the back of the car for the ride to work..can't wait for that stinky ride..

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5/9/11 11:50am - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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Ok at work this morning I torched off the u bolts so now the parts are separated properly..inside the diff now my side clearance are .066 and 0.69.. I really think its to much..also the one side is mushroomed over a bit..so do I replace the side yokes and call it a day or do the blue print diff that are really nice but the stock unit will do the job..the yokes are a buck a piece and the rebuild is another 300$..

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5/9/11 1:15pm - Reply: 'Suspension Rebuild on the '73'
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Replace the yokes and build it yerself...save the $$$ for something else you KNOW the car is gonna need.
Too much yoke/center pin clearance can be from yoke wear, OR posi clutch wear. The yoke in your pic above doesn't look worn to me, but it's hard to tell from the pic, so....


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Ok so I soaked the u joints and ended up torching them in many places..I love my blue tipped wrench! ! So I get the u joint out and the dern cap broke off!! so I cut that out also and quite for the day..soaked the other joints and broke off all the clips also..so hopefully today I can get them all out!!

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Again Rich, thanks for the thread and all the pics.
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