Hello, I've got a '74 Dodge D-100 that the a-arm mount where the frame
tab is rusting off..forward ones are fine though and it's the same story
for both left and right.
The castor-camber cam adjusters are fine but that part being riveted to
the frame and cross member worries me since I don't know a source for
such parts other than maybe calling a local frame shop and asking for
that piece.. I'll likely re-bush them too.
It sounds like you're in a state that uses salt on the winter roads or along
an ocean. I'm from Indiana originally.
Find a complete engine crossmember from a Southwestern junkyard on the 'net
for you vehicle, but check the condition of your frame first. No sense in
patching what isn't there anymore.
Poster still believes that intelligence, logic,
common sense, courtesy, and religious beliefs
are still important in our society, and might include
them in his posts.
Yep, I live in MA. I think this was a truck that started life on Cape
Cod...snow, salt air, salt on the roads.. Frame is okay, I smear the
bugger with grease when I've got it on my hands from u-joints or when I
do oil changes.
Granted, it's been sitting a couple years but I've changed the cab and
had a good look what's there. It could use a good wire brushing and
being shot with por-15 or something to seal out the moisture. I realize
kero and used oil will do a good job but I'm one of those that believes
in not adding to environmental issues. So, painting it with something
fairly tough would be fine for me.
I try to keep up on leaks the thing has too. Yes, it may be rusty but I
try to take care of it as best as I can. I generally don't have much
time to do junkyard crawls..or call around. I get home and I go to sleep
and try to get as much as I can.
I keep hoping someone made up something like I need, part is no longer
available through mopar since I checked this week.
I've had it in mind to cut a piece of square tubing into the shape I
need and copy the holes as best I can. Plasma cutter.. ;)
<LOL> I've done that myself, but there's never enough to do the whole frame.
Kero and oil will also prevent you from using Por-15 or any other sealer.
I understand. BTDT. Still ordering a crossmember online from a yard in Texas
won't have _you_ crawling in the dirt ;) From the factory, it's riveted
in, but some grade 8 bolts of the right dimensions will do the job.
Well, ya could, but drill the holes before you cut so the side to be removed
will help keep them aligned during drilling.
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