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« Reply #195 on: November 04, 2015, 01:57:35 PM »

Looks like your sway bar is a droopin

It has 2 attach points at each end (I can see one in your pic - nice red poly bushings too) their should be another just like that on the other end
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2 other small brackets evenly spaced securing it to the frame/cradle

However this all may be a moot point because it's jacked up and your wheels be hanging pulling it all down making it appear cattywampus  :confused:

Oh and I got PAGE 14
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« Reply #196 on: November 04, 2015, 03:02:49 PM »

Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but should i take the wheels off?
I did try to wiggle them side to side etc, to test bearings and what not, it all seems pretty tight as far as that goes.  ^^0^^
Whoo hoo - page 14! I didn't get it at first.  confused?  If we combined all of my stuff under one subject I might have a nice long build thread well past 14 I suspect -- wow OMG/Shocked. Thanks for putting up with me guys!
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« Reply #197 on: November 04, 2015, 10:50:18 PM »

Do you have ramps?
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« Reply #198 on: November 04, 2015, 11:54:27 PM »

No ramps, but ironically I was just looking at some in a Harbor Freight ad yesterday.  We used to have some, not sure what happened to them..??.  Guess it might be good to invest in another set  shy
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« Reply #199 on: November 05, 2015, 04:10:07 PM »

Before you start buying ramps and stuff let's try to determine just what the problem is. (I never liked ramps anyway, they don't leave a lot of room to work) (But that's me and my prejudices are showing - read that old age)!!

I'm not certain how you support an 88 up front so the suspension is under compression like it is on the road, but even doing one side and then the other should permit a reasonable diagnostic. Is there a lower A-arm on the 88 fronts?

Once the problem is known then comes time to spend some hard earned dollars.

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    « Reply #200 on: November 05, 2015, 04:31:11 PM »

    Should I risk driving it to the meeting or should I come in the Jeep? confused?
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    « Reply #201 on: November 05, 2015, 04:35:31 PM »

    You can try with both of them on the ground - one sway bar don't cha know
    That's just my opinion and we all know that opinions are like noses and they all smell
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    « Reply #202 on: December 10, 2015, 08:06:28 AM »

    Planning to replace the front cross member on Laura's car this Saturday morning. I can trailer the car to Longwood if we aren't going to have enough concrete to work above. Otherwise, at the bat cave. More details to follow.
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    « Reply #203 on: December 10, 2015, 11:15:30 AM »

    Saturday's the Space Coast Fiero's Christmas get together.  dead

    Going to have to miss this one.

    Marc
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      « Reply #204 on: December 10, 2015, 07:00:48 PM »

      I have to work  sad
      Would love to help
      When will next day be?
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      « Reply #205 on: December 11, 2015, 09:00:20 PM »

      looks like we'll start about 9:00 at the bat cave (Osteen)
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      « Reply #206 on: December 11, 2015, 10:19:07 PM »

      Thank you Chuck for posting an update on our plans -- and thank you for helping me with all of this cancer removal.   shy  Marc and Pappy - sorry you guys can't make it, that's what I get for waiting until the last minute to say anything.  rolleyes  Anyone else that wants to stop by is more than welcome to.  smile

      So, after the front end is finished, the rear cradle will be next in line.  I found one near Jacksonville through a post on pff.  We'll probably pick it up sometime late next week.   The guy has a ton of Fiero stuff.  If anyone else wants to purchase something from him, I can pick it up when we go for the cradle -- here's the link to his pff post.  http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum4/HTML/072202.html

      I'll try to take lots of pictures and post a progress report. Hopefully all goes smoothly!

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      « Reply #207 on: December 12, 2015, 06:49:16 AM »

      looks like we'll start about 9:00 at the bat cave (Osteen)

      Lets make that 10:00!   rolleyes shy
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      « Reply #208 on: December 14, 2015, 10:39:47 AM »

      Just an brief update and a huge thanks to Chuck and John for everything  Thank You I'll post pictures later, but for now here's a quick run down -- We hoped to finish in 1 day, but a bolt problem on the 'to be installed' cross member left us needing another organ donor and chucks parts care was the lucky victim.  So on Saturday the front suspension was removed from two cars (the bat mobile and the parts car); the transplants began early Sunday morning.  By Sunday afternoon we had the bat mobile back together. 
        replaced the front cross member, coolant tubes and braces on both sides, installed new sway bar bushings, new outer and inner tie rods, and new end links (replacements from Rodney I've had a couple of years). 
      I have upper and lower ball joints from Rodney also -- but I guess they're a bear to install so that is still pending.  Also pending -- radiator transplant, and rear cradle suspension ---
      I'll add pics soon -- Planning to taking it for an alignment today, but still need to top off the coolant and tighten the lugs.  Thank you again guys, ya'll are the best!
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      « Reply #209 on: January 07, 2016, 05:06:20 AM »

      Happy New Year Guys --
      Better late than never, here finally are a few pics from the front cradle swap a few weeks ago-- smile

      The primary goal was to swap out the cross member, plus I also hoped to install a few new replacement parts during the surgery. When Chuck and John arrived with a replacement front cross member Saturday morning, the plan was to remove the front cross member / suspension from the BatMobile, transfer the suspension onto the replacement cross member, and install that back into the BatMobile.


       


      Everything came out of the BatMobile OK -- but we hit a snag transferring the BatMobile suspension onto the replacement cross member. After battling a stubborn bolt and an issue with the control arm, Chuck suggested we consider another option.  The three of us  drove to Longwood, loaded the Fiero carcass known as 'chucks parts car' onto a trailer and had the organ donor in the driveway ready to be cannibalized roughly 2 hours later.  





      There was a point where it looked like a junk yard out here - three sets of suspension, a car on jacks, a wrecked car on a trailer, and lots of scattered misc parts  shy --


        
      The donor cross member and suspension was removed from the 'parts car' and several suspension parts were swapped out.....





      We also transplanted the coolant tubes and coolant tube brackets on both sides from chucks parts car to the BatMobile ..



      Sunday afternoon we had the bat mobile back together.  
      A huge thank you again to chuck and John for all their help!!   Thank You  :cheerleader:

      The next  morning I  drove to tires Plus and asked for a lifetime alignment (if Midas were closer to us I'd go there!).  The mechanic was hesitant at first and pointed out how badly corroded the RR subframe was.  OMG/Shocked I told him I was aware of it and planned a future replacement-- he said I should do it ASAP as there was risk of collapse. He then shook his head slowly and stated  'wow, you're brave'. Certainly NOT what you want to hear from a mechanic.  -- rolleyes



      So, the  most important issue now is the rear cradle / suspension ---  rolleyes
      I picked up a replacement cradle before Christmas --   shy Yippee!
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