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« Reply #640 on: January 28, 2024, 09:28:29 AM »
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The other thing I have seen done is welding a section of RHS between the facing ends of the original mounts.


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« Reply #641 on: January 28, 2024, 07:47:41 PM »
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Please excuse my ignorance; but does the shock mount problem extend to the utes/wagons?

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« Reply #642 on: January 28, 2024, 08:01:38 PM »
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Yes, utes and wagons are also prone to breaking the top shock mounts.  (The top mounts that Neil provided for me came from an FB wagon.)  I'm not familiar with the utes, but I think you get access to the top shock rubbers through one of the body members that the floorboards attach to.

But it's also worth saying that I have an extreme case here.  The car has had superlift shock absorbers on the rear, and they had seized up solid.  So the next thing to give way was the top mounts.  It all depends on what kind of use the vehicle has had.  Superlift shocks are notorious for causing fatigue failures of the mounts, and if the car's been used as a paddock-basher, you're at risk (obviously).  Examine the top mounts for fatigue cracks.  They'll also look like rusty zig-zag lines.

I also had to weld up the top mounts on the HD X2 I bought in '85.

For "normal" service, the factory top mounts will be fine, as long as they're not cracked or torn.

B.t.w., I also have a pair of ute/van rear springs for FE-FC, surplus to requirements . . .

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« Reply #643 on: January 28, 2024, 08:21:24 PM »
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Thanks Rob,

As you thought the mounts in the ute can be accessed from under the tray floor. I assume the same for the wagon. I'll definitey check mine a bit more closely; they appear OK but I don't want to go to all the effort of restoring her only to have her fail after the first big bump.

I'm interested in the springs as a spare if they are surplus.

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« Reply #644 on: January 29, 2024, 07:44:28 AM »
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Hi to anyone reading this ..I also have a set of FC sedan rear springs , re-set 2 inches ...not required ...north west Sydney ..free ..0405 703 413 ..
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« Reply #645 on: February 04, 2024, 09:52:18 PM »
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I began modifying the HT shock mount crossmember to suit the FC -

Firstly, I moved the fold at the front 12 mm rearwards.  Apart from folding the metal itself, I had to drill three spot welds in each of the large anchor plates at the front, then slice maybe 8 mm off to clear the new fold line (I'll seam-weld along the cut to restore some strength now that three of the five welds are gone).  And I checked that the shock mounting plates don't foul on the new fold.

Second, mark up and cut a 90 mm section out of the middle, then tack-weld the two halves together.

And third, make some cuts and folds to accommodate the two ribs in the floor.



In the HT, this section of boot floor in front of the fuel tank is flat.  I was hoping that it would be also in the FC.  It is, to a first glance, but in fact it's slightly domed up.  So I'll need to "relieve" the floor in a few places to make the donor HT part sit flat on the underneath.

I'll also have to make new returns for the right and left side.  One thing at a time, though.

Provisional verdict: I think I can make the modification work.

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« Reply #646 on: February 17, 2024, 12:19:25 PM »
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Imgur has decided, in its infinite wisdom, to "change things a little around here".  One of many casualties is the "resize image" button.  Trial and error has now shown me that "large thumbnail" corresponds to 680x480.

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I've briefly turned motor body trimmer.  Because I have to move the HT rear shock top mount crossmember about half an inch forwards to get the mounts in the right place.  Which means modifying the upswept floor section behind the rear seat squab (cut transverse slot, bend metal forwards, and re-weld).  And I need to confirm that the change in the bodywork's profile doesn't hit the rear seat squab's wire frame.  It's easiest to strip the squab down to find out.



This is what remains of the squab cover.

And the squab wire-frame in place -



The whole frame's out of whack.  I think it got run over at some point when it was out of the vehicle (I can't think of any non-series-of-pratfalls chain of events to explain this . . .), but that's beside the point at the moment.  The good news is that there's enough clearance to accommodate the modification.  For once the engineering gods are smiling.

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« Reply #647 on: February 17, 2024, 09:03:13 PM »
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Damn hot rodder……..


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