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bent drag link
Posted by: Anton ()
Date: December 28, 2017 09:13AM

Hello Everyone , and Happy Holidays to you all...

Well , my holidays went well till I tried to lift my 67 by the front crossmember to check brakes and the the car slipped of the jack and bent the drag bar..
Is it possible to straighten it on the car or I have to take everything apart???

Thanks : Anton

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Re: bent drag link
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: December 28, 2017 10:09AM

possible.. but a pain..





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Re: bent drag link
Posted by: Allan Lacki ()
Date: December 28, 2017 10:30AM

Hi Anton,

I think it would be easier just to replace it. There should be plenty of spares out there that other Corvair guys would sell to you for a very low price. Check with your local chapter of CORSA.

Be safe! You probably know this already, but never depend on a stock Corvair jack or even a hydraulic floor jack to keep your Corvair up in the air. Use a sturdy pair of jack stands or get yourself a good car lift.

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Re: bent drag link
Posted by: rowin4 ()
Date: December 28, 2017 10:30AM

Sure it's possible to straighten. But if it isn't just perfect you will have a steering problem. Suggest a front end alignment after the try or even after a replacement.

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Re: bent drag link
Posted by: TerribleTed ()
Date: December 28, 2017 11:22AM

Kind of depends which way it is bent. If it is bent up it may be difficult to apply enough down force to pull it back in shape. I straightened one that was badly pulled forward from some idiot with a tow strap or something. I was able to pretty easily make is useable again by forcing it rearward with a porta-power supported on the front lower panel body flange. It was borderline making damage to the body but the flange carried the load in this case. I would think using a large vice and a pipe over the link for leverage would allow it to be straightened with it removed from the car. Not so sure heating and bending would be a good idea with this part...may or may not effect its strength..I am not sure. An unbent part would be ideal...rebuilt while you are there is an even better idea whether you fix yours or replace it.

If you opt to straighten it, it does not really need to be perfect. Twisted would not be good but not quite straight should give no trouble as long as it is not hitting things when steered from lock to lock and it is long enough to allow proper tow-in adjustment. In any case you really need to do a wheel alignment after repair or replacement.

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Re: bent drag link
Posted by: hjackson3149 ()
Date: December 28, 2017 11:33AM

good afternoon
depending where you are I have one that you can have for free

I'm in so fla.

Hank Jackson
South Florida
69 Monza PG
everybody has to believe in something and
I believe I will have another.
one for the Road!

The Three Stages of Christine

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Re: bent drag link
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: December 28, 2017 01:48PM

If you try to straighten that on the car you will be putting undue pressure on the idler arm and steering box.

It really needs to come off and go on a press to straighten correctly. If you have to pay labor for any of that just replace it. The labor to straighten will eat up what the drag link would cost used.

Ken Hand
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Re: bent drag link
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: December 28, 2017 04:48PM

The only part of the alignment it affects is toe. No need to have it aligned easy to set with a tape. Side to side on the adjusters affects steering wheel centering.

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Re: bent drag link
Posted by: Anton ()
Date: January 01, 2018 05:50PM

Thanks guys for all the good advice ..

One of our senior member offered a good used one for free,so I guess this my next project ..
Now just have to wait for some warmer weather up here inn Toronto..

-26 Celsius out there..

Happy New Year !!!

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Re: bent drag link
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 01, 2018 05:52PM

brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr





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Re: bent drag link
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: January 01, 2018 06:36PM

Anton Wrote:
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> Thanks guys for all the good advice ..
>
> One of our senior member offered a good used one
> for free,so I guess this my next project ..
> Now just have to wait for some warmer weather up
> here inn Toronto..
>
> -26 Celsius out there..
>
> Happy New Year !!!


Translation for us Americans, . . .
-26 C = -14.8
Yes, NEGATIVE 14.8 eye popping smiley
not just 14.8

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Re: bent drag link
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: January 01, 2018 06:44PM

OWE. That's cold. I have to wonder why you are working on a car when it is that cold (I assume you were in a heated shop?).
I have heard of people getting badly injured or even killed when cars fall off jacks.
I believe that can happen. I would purchase very good equipment before doing anything on a car.
You don't always get "do overs" in life.

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