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Messages - Chuck W

Lounge / Re: Reuse steeringwheel bolt?
I have never replaced a steering wheel bolt or lock-nut... like ever.   :dunno:

If it has some thread locker on it, reapply fresh.

(Unless it's some weird TTY bolt, or the like, which would be odd for the application)
User Rides / Re: 84 Tbird project
Yeah, my old '84 XR-7 had them. Looked good. Marginal in the dry. Scary as hell in the wet.  :dunno:
User Rides / Re: 84 Tbird project
The Cougar/TBird TRX wheels were better looking IMO, but the std ones aren't too bad.

The original metric tires were TERRIBLE.
User Rides / Re: Chuck's '83 TBird
Looking back at that first pic, I need to hit the front suspension with some Simple Green and the power washer...

I originally was worried that the panhard axle mount would bang against the fuel tank strap mounting boss on the frame, but it looks like the axle will hit the bumpstop a good 3/4" before that happens.

I still think I want to look into some stiffer rear springs.
User Rides / Re: Chuck's '83 TBird
Not much has been happening with this, other than driving it a bit.

I did take care of the slight PS ride height issue yesterday by adding in another one of the spring shims I had.

I did a bolt check on the rear suspension, and only found one fastener loose (One of the jam nuts on the PS upperlink), so that's nice.

I did have a loud bang a couple of times while driving it over the past couple of weeks, after hitting kind of a sharp bump in the road. Couldn't see any contact on anything when I checked it out at that time, but I think I found the culprit.

The bolt axle mount for the panhard bar was sticking out about 1/2" or so from the nut and looked like it fouls on the plastic gas tank cover. It causes it to bang against the tank, which can be kind of loud. There's no risk of it hitting the gas tank during the suspension travel, just that cover that is spaced out about 1" from the front of the tank.

I flipped the bolt around, so the shorter bolt head was facing rearward, and it looks like that should solve that problem.

Electrical Tech / Re: Instrument Cluster Lights out
That'll help for the short term, but you should consider modifying the lighting system to have power for the LO-HI beams run through a couple relays, instead of through the switch.

Misc Tech / Re: Sport Seat Bolt Size
To the floor?

One is an M8x1.25 and the other is an M12x1.75

The bolts that attach the seats to the rails should be the M8x1.25