<VV> Re: 64 broken leaf
corvairduval at cox.net
Fri Oct 7 18:28:30 EDT 2005
I have three times driven a 64 with a broken leaf. Twice in the Spyder
conv and once in a Monza sedan. The shower of sparks is amazing and gets
a lot of attention from other motorists. The sedan failed while car
pooling to work. 5 people in the car! I-95. It was back when I-95 in
Richmond was a toll road from Richmond to Petersburg. The springs never
break for me, the bolt fails. So, the bolt breaks and the car slumps,
luckily near an exit. Had to pay a toll to exit, toll taker comments on
the shower of sparks following my car. We stop at the first service
station with a lift open and I talk the mechanic into removing the rest
of the leaf. I say rest because the end with the broken bolt is now
ground off to the bolt hole! So against his better judgement, he removes
the spring and we go on our way. The car must have ridden on the bottom
stops the whole way, 10 miles to work and 30 miles back home. Quite an
exciting day for the carpoolers. When I went to install the replacement
spring, I found the mechanic's vise grips still clamped to the good bolt.
The Spyder broke a bolt in city traffic so I was able to jack it up and
remove the spring before severe damage was done. I replaced the bolt
with a new one from Clark's. A few years later I was vacationing in
Virginia Beach and the new bolt failed at the cotter key hole, luckily
again in city traffic. So I removed the spring and completed the
vacation and drove back to Richmond before putting another new bolt in.
I now always carry a bolt assembly in the tool box. I complained to
Clark's and they said it was me, no other complaints of broken bolts
from other buyers.
By the way, the local spring shop in Richmond can re-arch the rear leafs
to regain ride heigth and correct camber. They do mostly heavy duty
trucks, so they are used to doing odd things to springs.
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