@bandit Cruise a mile road across the cruise. When I was there I avoided the traffic as much as possible. I did cross Woodward a few times just to get a glimpse of the scene. My SS was stuffed full of old shingles in Ferndale during the Cruise back when it was a work truck.
Of all places for a screaming chicken to be?
@bandit I've done it the way you have photographed as how not to do it, takes some serious finagling to get the TOB to line up (including the stud it indexes on). Fortunately the opening in my scattershield for the clutch fork is big enough I could get a few fingers in there to help guide it. There wasn't room in-car to do it the way you did, things would hit other things trying to get it all aligned with the bell on the trans.
@rusty-vandura website MSRP on the bearing itself is about $300, figure a solid profit margin to support a low volume manufacturer and we're probably talking something like $75 tops in build cost depending on the volumes of scale they're working with... I can easily waste more than $75 worth of labor time sending these emails.
I’d like to know the root cause of the failure though….my guess will be either a nicked ring from the factory assembly or some crap that’s hanging up the oring….either way, it will be interesting to see if it’s a factory issue or an installation/contamination issue.
I'm patiently waiting for @bandit to take it apart and find that it's not an issue with the o-ring. Then the real fireworks will start!
"I'm sorry, sir. By disassembling the unit, you have voided your warranty. We cannot warranty any disassembled parts as we cannot be certain that it was disassembled and reassembled correctly. It would be impossible to distinguish between any damage that may have occurred during disassembly or reassembly and any manufacturing error. Thank you for contacting us with your warranty claim. Claim denied."
@bandit I don't know if you have found an answer, but it most likely is a through hole and not a blind hole. The JZ engines are like this and the manual calls for the sealing loctite formula to secure and hold the bolt, I think 242 vs 241 comes to mind.
@mupalup just a shitty alignment done by a shitty shop years ago. Couldn’t get it to line up well with the 6 bolt wheel. Car goes to an alignment shop tomorrow since I’ve just rebuilt the suspension and steering rack, I’ll make sure they fix it.
@bandit I am looking forward to the "after" on the Mustang, but not necessarily the doing. Thankfully, it hasn't fought me much on other work, but I don't think the rear leaf springs have ever been touched, so I expect some fun there.
Great job getting that apart and back together. I remember when I did the Cougar, I gained 1-1.5" from the old worn suspension, and that was with 1" drop springs!
@racinbob Yeah sadly. The spring is a couple inches too long to fit enough into the lower control arm to rotate up into place. Some people have done it by using a floor jack and a sledge hammer to force the spring into the arm, but that sounds stupidly dangerous to me.
@bandit huh, what is it with those springs snapping like that? Was that your drivers side? I guess they are under extra strain from the transition to the flat area. Mine was broken in the exact same way
Yeah this was drivers side too. I studied these spring failures in college as part of a failure analysis class and these springs typically seem to break due to standard use and overload stress causes microcracking which leads to a stress concentration point which accelerates fatigue. Add in insufficient corrosion protection in the mix and boom you've got failure in the rusty areas.
I put Gas Adjusts on my GTO 25 years ago, and thought they were great. I put Excel Gs on my 58 Chevy about 15 years ago because they were cheap, and never liked them. I put Bilsteins on my Caballero about 10 years ago, and have proceeded to put them on every other car I've owned. They aren't available for my 58, but I will be installing a set on my GTO when it gets refreshed next.
How are your wheel bearings? All pad and caliper slides clean and lubed? Pad knockback is a thing and can be weird to deal with (and wouldn't happen just sitting there, but going down the road you'd find the pistons not being ready).