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Rear suspension Rusted

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by Bullethead104, May 8, 2019.

  1. Bullethead104

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    20190503_123024.jpg Hi Guys
    If you remember the last time I did the driver side rear suspension. The car still wiggle a little so I order the suspension arms ( front and back). So, here's a pictorial:
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    More photos but I don't know how to or where to put them. Any questions please ask.
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    Four Days later and that dam bolts will not turn even with a four foot cheater bar on a three foot breaker bar soaking in the Krud Kutter. So, it's to the machine shop to have the bolt cut and drilled out. Before that does everyone have any suggestions?
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    I used a propane torch on the spindle with it in a vice. Socket and 2 foot breaker bar with about 3-5 minutes of heat and bolt turned and then came out.
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    Update: All back together with a new bolt P/N NA01-28-113 ordered from EBay. I brought the spindle with the bolt through it and the machine used two torches to get the bolt out but not without damage. It warped. Now it's trying to get the wheels aligned. I started with measuring the center of the tires in the front and back. measuring 55 3/4 inches. Took it for a ride and had to tweaked the wheel. It's a process.
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    Getting that, or the other I forget, rear bolt out if the rear wheel knuckle? whatever you call it, was the most force I've ever needed to exert. My 12 ton press wouldn't budge it, then resorted to a mid sized 18" or so sledge hammer. Hours, or days I forget again, of beating and propane heat it gave way but needed the mushroomed head cut off.

    As usual I said, the car will never last, and proceeded to put a 10.8 but common steel bolt I'm sure is more prone to rust than the alloy original.

    Needless to say that bolt is never coming out again...

    I think I have a thread on it here or as well.
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    Thy must have used a cutting torch to heat it if it was bad enough to warp.
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    The machine shop used two hand torches and had it in the press, all at the same time. That how it became wrapped. I asked that same question when I picked it up. How did it wrap? The drivers side was drilled out by the same machine shop so there was a back up plan just incase the heat didn't work. The new bolt was going in one way or other. When they were done, they said the heat was worst then drilling it out.
    Wheel Alignment finally coming in at 16.5 inches from center of bolt to center bolt on the adjustment rear control arms. Can you do me a favor and measure yours to see if I'm in the area.
    Thanks
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