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Old 11-02-2003, 07:51 AM   #1
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Why check your vintage U bolts

I purchased my 58 Overlander from very close to my house so I didn't think there was a problem with towing it the five blocks. Well luckily it held together. I replaced the brakes, shocks, wheels, tires, and recut the drums.
After doing all this I noticed that the passenger spring didn't look right where the bolts went through. I took off one of the shackles and found that the rubber bushing inside was shot. No problem, I order new nylon ones. Well when I went to remove the u bolts from the spring I couldn't tell what they used to bolt them on with. They looked like they had used some sort of press on clip. It was very thin and pefectly round. Below is what I removed these are whats left of the factory nuts. The drivers side u bolts and nuts didn't look that bad but why only replace one side. When I went to remove those they both snapped in half with very little effort. I hate to think of what this would have done to the undercarriage.
I hope this will help someone else and keep them from having a major problem when it's such a minor fix.

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Old 11-02-2003, 08:21 AM   #2
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That's incredible. Thanks for the tip.
I'm doing the same. The U-bolts and hardware looked to be in very good shape and re-usable. This is a no-no because even good looking hardware has been "stretched" if it was torqued properly in the original installation. An add-on to your tip: Never reuse u-bolts and nuts.
I had a little trouble finding the correct bushings, seems that 5/8 ID bushings are not a common stock item anymore, everthing is 9/16. But the spring shop I use had the larger size.
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Old 11-02-2003, 10:12 AM   #3
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That's incredible. Thanks for the tip.
I'm doing the same. The U-bolts and hardware looked to be in very good shape and re-usable. This is a no-no because even good looking hardware has been "stretched" if it was torqued properly in the original installation. An add-on to your tip: Never reuse u-bolts and nuts.
I had a little trouble finding the correct bushings, seems that 5/8 ID bushings are not a common stock item anymore, everthing is 9/16. But the spring shop I use had the larger size.
Just a thought-- 16mm is almost exactly the same size as 5/8". You may be able to find these a little easier than the inch size.
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I think your right to replace the u-bolts even if they look good. I was unable to find the correct size at the local places but did find them at a wholesaler in West Palm FL. Also I could not find the 5/8 bushings so I drilled out the 9/16 ones. That worked out good with them being nylon but would not have worked if they were rubber.

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Yeah, the ones I got were just like the original-steel/rubber/steel. I wasn't sure how well nylon (or the ever popular urethane would work. The steel ones are hard to remove, and just as hard to install.
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where are they?

Do I have these on my '67 Tradewind and if so where are they? Thanks.
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Nah. These type suspensions ceased to exist in 1961 (60?).
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Finally get a break. I was afraid this was one more thing to add to the list. Thanks.
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Thanks for the pic. I will definitely replace the bolts on my 55 flying cloud after seeing that!

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