Anyway, while playing with the steering rack I also decided to clean up the anti-sway bar from the '64. I pulled the old mounting rubber off and took a flap disk to it to clean up all the gunk.
|All cleaned up. Hey where'd that beer come from?! I hope it was after 5pm! Good reason to not have a time stamp on my pics.|
|Link removed. The ball end bolts the lower A-arm while the other screws into the anti-sway bar.|
|Where the link attaches.|
|Using the vice to help break away the stud in the link bushing. Not as bad as other bushing problems I've had, that's for sure!|
|It should be resting flat on the bench (and, yes, the bench is pretty level). The end rises about an inch from where it lays flat.|
Interesting, though, that they are both bent in the same way, though not to the same extent. I posted about it on my favorite forum. It got quite a bit of play with discussion ranging from "it's just bent" to "they did that on purpose to account for the weight of the driver". Of course, this would assume that Triumph designed the car around the assumption that only one person would be in it AND that you would have different parts for both the left-hand drive and right-hand drive cars. The part numbers are the same.
Though I've come to believe that the bend is not intentional (otherwise I would expect the same "bent-ness" from both bars made only 2 years apart), I find it odd that all of the forces acting on the car during the need for anti-sway are focused right to that point and cause some 3/4" to 1" tempered steel to bend and NOT cause other deformations elsewhere in the car...or at least none that I could find. Like I said, interesting.
That's it. Here's to 100 posts. Maybe by about post 1283, the car will be done!