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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by JGL on Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:21 pm

Ragtacker wrote:Autosol ... whoever invented that gets a gold star! Looking sharp fill it up and cruise!

That stuff comes from Australia I think.
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by smoken340 on Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:16 pm

JGL wrote:
Ragtacker wrote:Autosol ... whoever invented that gets a gold star! Looking sharp fill it up and cruise!

That stuff comes from Australia I think.

It's originally from Germany.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by JGL on Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:36 am

smoken340 wrote:
JGL wrote:
Ragtacker wrote:Autosol ... whoever invented that gets a gold star! Looking sharp fill it up and cruise!

That stuff comes from Australia I think.

It's originally from Germany.

I stand corrected, I should have looked on the tube or box. confused
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Ragtacker on Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:24 am

smoken340 wrote:
JGL wrote:
Ragtacker wrote:Autosol ... whoever invented that gets a gold star! Looking sharp fill it up and cruise!

That stuff comes from Australia I think.

It's originally from Germany.
Its awesome stuff. If theres a bit of cloudyness I use work it in with some xxxx steel wool then polish works like crazy.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:58 am

I picked up some Autosol and it really seems to work. I hope to get the wheels cleaned up and the trans cooler lines replaced while I'm waiting for my suspension parts.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Grumpy427 on Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:01 am

Awesome news Cley.
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:46 pm

Another great thing is I found an A-body width 8 3/4" rear complete except no center section for $250.00. I picked that up on the weekend. I have a B body housing that I was going to get cut down, and I may still but now my next focus after I get it back together will be this A body housing.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Grumpy427 on Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:55 pm

Thats a good price for a housing and axles etc. Do you know if they are small bolt pattern or large?
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Ragtacker on Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:43 pm

Thats an excellent price is right , hens teeth and 8 3/4 hard to find
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:23 am

It is a small bolt pattern.

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Post by 89on35s on Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:44 am

Well the brown truck full of joy and happiness should arrive next week with my suspension parts! I ordered 1.03" torsion bars, Tubular upper control arms, Lower control arm rebuild/reinforcement kit, Tie rod ends and solid adjusters,
RCD shocks and Sway Bars for both ends. I got it all from PST Suspension cause of the 10% FABO discount, and I thought if I got all the parts from 1 place I'd save on some shipping costs. Shipping was only 130 bucks US from New Jersey to Saskatchewan.

PST was great to deal with so far!

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Ragtacker on Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:10 pm

Watch those crooks in the brown truck their brokerage is obscene at least it is out here. sounds like a nice bunch of goodies
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by JGL on Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:38 pm

Ragtacker wrote:Watch those crooks in the brown truck their brokerage is obscene at least it is out here. sounds like a nice bunch of goodies
UPS is famous for robbing us Canadians, I and many others have been burned by them so I try and use anybody else but them.
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by smoken340 on Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:40 am

Not all that fond of the brown truck either, their brokerage fee's are sometimes higher than the cost of the parts.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Mon May 01, 2017 10:54 am

I just got the call that I owe them another 230 bucks for brokerage and buggery fees. It was here in a week though. Live and learn I guess.

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Post by smoken340 on Mon May 01, 2017 1:04 pm

You may be able to get them to lower the price by complaining to a manager. I know that I was able to do it the one and only time that I used them. I will no longer buy from anyone that uses them for shipping.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Ragtacker on Mon May 01, 2017 7:10 pm

Same here Dan
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Thu May 18, 2017 7:00 am

New parts make me happy! This is the single largest shipment of new parts I have ever received. Not cheap, but going to be so well worth it.



My booger welds look better than the factory stuff! But that doesn't take much!



Here it is starting back together.



At this point I stopped taking pictures and started working! I am done except bleeding the brakes and doing the alignment. I'm taking the long weekend off then getting her back on the road before the end of May. Likely next step will be wheels and tires, but that will be a while from now. I think it will be great as is. I'm looking forward to making some miles.

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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by JGL on Thu May 18, 2017 7:10 am

I see you lost your shirt in the process, it is lying on the floor.

Looks like you did not forget anything. Good job!
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Grumpy427 on Thu May 18, 2017 7:31 am

Hey Cley. What did you all buy, new parts are great.
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by 89on35s on Thu May 18, 2017 8:08 am

I bought Tubular Upper Control Arms, Lower Control Arm stiffening plates, bushings and pins, 1.03" torsion bars, 11/16" tie rod ends and solid adjusters, Bilstien RCD shocks and front and rear sway bars. I had a factory sway bar in the front but the new one is twice as thick. My old shocks were new stock replacements and loose as hell, and I had stock small block torsion bars. It handled like shit so I expect a huge improvement.

The only thing I an not sure of is my Super Stock springs in the back. When I set up the ride height I won't be putting it too low since I drive on Saskatchewan roads! I may use a 1" lowering block in the back and adjust the height so it looks good from there. I have a couple weeks to think about it before I can get back to the garage. I'm coaching Football 4 nights a week so time is tighter than usual right now!

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Handles like a dream!

Post by 89on35s on Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:53 am

All I can say is WOW! These suspension upgrades make a night and day difference in the handling of this car. I am so happy to be driving it again, and with the way it is so stable just amazes me. I got the alignment done, fixed all the leaks and hit the road. I need to adjust the fuel pressure down a little and throw a timing light on it but it does start, run and drive great now. I think this will be a great summer.

Here it is before the alignment. Front is a little low.



And here it is after the alignment. Sitting a little high but I am thinking the torsion bars will settle a little. Then I'll get the toe adjusted when they do.


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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Ragtacker on Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:09 pm

I likey
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by JGL on Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:47 pm

In my useless opinion, the first pic was a little low and the second a little too high, but that is just me. It's your liking that matters.
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Re: 74 Duster - My first project.

Post by Grumpy427 on Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:22 pm

It looks like you have long shackle hangers in the rear? can you lower the rear and inch or so. then drop the front to level the car out. Mine sits up in the rear due to a 28" tall tire and a strong arc in the spring. I would like to drop mine 2" but need lowering blocks to do that.
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