Strut rod adjustment instructions?

Discussion in 'General Ranchero Help' started by Truckpoor, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. Truckpoor

    Truckpoor In Second Gear

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    Although I have some information, I do not have specific instructions on how the strut rods are adjusted and the lock nut set. My strut rods have two nuts on the front, one being a castellated nut with a cotter key. Mine are a stepped size thread with the locking nut being threaded smaller than the main rod nut. This indicates that there is not supposed to be a lot of adjustment on the rod. At least, that is my take on the situation. However, I bought a new strut rod made for a regular Fairlane, which does not have this type of stepped configuration. The new rod also is slightly shorter, and both nuts are the same size. I had some trouble finding a new strut rod and bought one from Macs at a guess as to whether it fit or not as one was not shown for 69 Ranchero. Any information or suggestions on reading material to help with my dilemma would be helpful and appreciated.

    On another subject, I've bought new springs for the rear of my Ranchero, but of course getting the old springs off has turned in to a pain. Mainly the two eye bolts at the front of the spring ae the problem, and apparently the steel bushing inside the rubber bushing has rusted solid to the eye bolt.It looks to me as if the only option to removing the springs is to cut the spring off close to the eye bolt and then rotate what is left and cut it into two pieces and try to get it off that way, that is if it will come loose from the rubber bushing. May have to burn the bushing off. Don't want to do that but may be the easiest option. Any suggestions, or better way to do this?
     
  2. Carl Steinbarger

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    Maybe you could grind or cut off one end of the bolt and drive it out or cut both ends off and let it fall out...
     
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  3. Basstrix

    Basstrix In Maximum Overdrive BRONZE MEMBER

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    The strut rods set the caster angle for the front wheels. Get as close as you can to prescribed caster and let a front end shop take it from there.

    You might try heating up the bolt then dousing the area that's rusted together with penetrating oil. Are you able to get to both end of the bold with an abrasive cut-off wheel? If so, you may be able to cut one end of bolt off and drive it out with a punch or cut both ends off so the spring will drop out of the mount.
     
  4. Truckpoor

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    Ended up hot wrenching the first spring I've taken off. No fun laying on the ground with the car on fire from burning rubber dripping down. Kept a sprayer tank with water handy, already pumped up to put out the fire. had to do that 3 times before I was done. cut the spring eye twice so it would be in thirds and I could knock it off. Then I had to cut the tin sleeve off around what was left of the rubber. I was lucky in being able to cut the rubber off, cut easily and was no problem other than a mess, both me and the tools took a bath in gasoline to get the rubber goo off. Now I've got one spring off, I decided I did not like the looks of the rubber insulators and am looking for replacements. Looked up the part number and seems to be C4Gy 5741 A from what I saw in the parts book. Carpenter sells a CC6OZ but according to them and my parts book it will not fit. Any comments on this. Anyone have a good source for the insulators? I've done some searches on the internet, but it seems all the internet does for you anymore is try and sell you something you really are not looking for and is little help it seems to me.
     
  5. Truckpoor

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    I posted a few minutes ago in another thread of mine on what I found out about the rear spring insulators, but I will post it here also. It seems those will work for my V8 69 Ranchero as I install those. The difference appears from looking at my old ones is in length as the originals appear to be longer. However, from my talking to different people supplying the insulators, some suppliers are selling the same insulator for both C4Gy and C6oz, and even C4DZ. Although appearing to be shorter and somewhat thicker the originals that came off my Ranchero, when installed the C6OZ insulators pushed out each end of the brackets. Hopefully it is a non-issue.
     

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