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  • Steering. When I built this, I didn't have a die for bending the bar that is the panhard bar. Now I do... and I need to correct a few things. When I put the Reid racing knuckles on, I put some high steer arms I had. Problem is it destroyed the Ackermann due to their design.... I don't do rocks, so hanging the steering bar in front of the differential isn't as bad a thing as it would be if I lived somewhere where they pound on rocks.




    sad things is I've had these parts for years....





    gratuitous Corvette shot and work bench



    the biggest issue (beside ackerman) is the panhard bar is too short - that I fix next...






    I'm not sure why Reid drilled the taper the way they did - had they put the the TREs in upside down, there would be more clearance. I like the ability to lube that joint, so I'm not putting heims in - but if I had a wish, it would be that... ah well, it should be fine

    next up is cut out some new brackets for the upper panhard bar mount.... the goal is parallel with the steering cross bar and the same length. For those who wonder what it does as is - don't hold onto the steering wheel when accelerating.... if you do, you'll be in on-coming traffic. Not a huge deal if you know about it, a great anti-theft device if you don't....
    Last edited by SuperBuickGuy; March 10, 2022, 11:49 PM.
    Doing it all wrong since 1966

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    • With your panhard bar being shorter than your drag link, wont this create a little bind as the suspension travels and the two run in different arcs?

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      • Originally posted by 1946Austin View Post
        With your panhard bar being shorter than your drag link, wont this create a little bind as the suspension travels and the two run in different arcs?
        no
        I suppose it could in some situations but not this one
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        • My wife wanted opening side windows for her JunK .... today was install day for one

          and yes, the window broke coming out

          she wanted complete removeable - so it's completely removeable...
          Last edited by SuperBuickGuy; April 17, 2022, 09:22 PM.
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          • no updates since we moved... whoa... not much of one today.... I got the soft top bows powdercoated.


            that said, no news is good news as it means it's working just fine....
            Doing it all wrong since 1966

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            • time for its winter coat

              did 2 things this year, first, powder coated the top bows

              and also ordered hinges that make it easier to swap doors.... which I'm waiting for... but outside of that - it's ready for snow

              Doing it all wrong since 1966

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