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  • Front suspension bracket - mod front bracket nut/bolt to ease installation / removal

    As come up in another thread by Bob and a further correction by Mike

    Note - Early cars have a single hole for these bolts, later cars have slots.

    The issue is the factory method / drawing shows the nut on top for the rear position, front bracket on the steering rack mount.

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    For ease of service the nut / bolt can be flipped, a small retaining bar welded across the top of the two bolts means no need to access the head to lock it up to tighten as access is extremely difficult whe the steering rack mount is attached to the body

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    A poor mans captive stud.

    Ho[pefully this never needs disturbed again.

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    you may also notice I have flipped the nut/bolt positions on the fixings for the suspension bushes as again, it can be difficult to remove the bolts towards the rear of the car once the bracket is in position.

    Same is true of the front suspension bracket, especially if it is high pivot early as thr front to rear fitting of the bolt, once the brackets are secured to the body, the bolts cannot be removed as the front valance is in the way. A bonus of this and the rear method of bolt being inserted from rear to front is the bolts can never actually escape from the bushes even if the nut comes loose. I reverse mine as you might see in pictures but I do that as my own choice so I need only pull the bolts to drop a suspension arm one at a time if needed.

    The factory may have assembled them as complete units then offered them up to the car on the line so these were not concerns as the whole assembly was on/off . ( Dave Lane ?? )

    / John

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    that they did , and the whole rear suspension including engine , box , driveshafts etc


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      Made a plate to go above wishbone\steering rack mounting plate with welded in bolts so bolts drop through rack mounting plate , opposite way to how they came out of factory . (weldings not my forte)
      Thanks for pointing this out as it's a mod worth doing (still needs coat of paint)
      Also made a plate with tapped holes that rear mounting bolts for wishbone attachment , from memory it can be a bit awkward getting lock nuts up into slot between mounting plate and floor, tapped hole in bottom is to put a bolt in to hold and move plate to correct position to line up with bolts.
      l also drilled and tapped two holes to meet the 3\8" UNF bolt holes and inserted grubb screws to lock wishbone fixing bolts in final position as l have got rid of nyloc nuts .
      Thought about lock wiring but restricted space makes that a no go.

      New springs arrived so Bob , now for Shocks (NO l already know the price)
      Attached Files


      • John A. Ross
        John A. Ross commented
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        Lovely work indeed Bob.The rear threaded block just makes so much sense and i would never have thought about that. Totally cool