Hello again. This has to be the friendliest mailing list I've ever posted to.
I've so far had three offers of physical help, a phone call to talk about my
problems, fourteen (yes, fourteen) emails with advice and one offer of
marriage. Okay, I made the last one up.
Right now the car is stranded at a friend's house (due to rain and darkness,
both of which require a functioning electrical system). I'm away this weekend
for my brother's bachelor party (we're doing the Czech Wrecks 2008 rally) but
I'll be back onto car things the following week. It does seem like my easiest
next port of call is to try tightening up the U-bolts on the rear axle. That
sounds simple enough that even I could do it.
Many thanks again - it's very reassuring to know as I whack something with a
spanner that there's a Midget Army out there ready to save the day...
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Sent: 25 August 2008 11:12
Subject: [Spridgets] Front suspension causing car to have mind of its own (and
First off, hello - have been lurking here for a few weeks reading about holy
sprites, but I've now bolstered up courage to ask something.
I have recently become the proud owner of a '65 Sprite. I have no idea what
I'm doing. I've never lifted a finger to repair my own car before, and so far
this has been a genuinely interesting exercise in doing things not quite the
right way. I've managed to fix up a few obvious things that are wrong and am
in the process of stopping it from overheating (bah), but now I have a
question that I don't even know where to start with.
The car has a habit of rather violently leaping in some random direction
(well, actually, come to think of it it's always to the right) whilst zooming
down the freeway. Well, I say zooming, but it's probably about 50mph. It's a
reasonably unsettling manoeuvre - I am 100% sure that it's not a steering
problem and is some sort of issue with the way in which the wheels are
connected to the body, or with the suspension. The nearest thing I can equate
it to is that it feels much like a giant hand has come down and given the
of my car a shove to the right.
Any ideas? I've done the moron diagnosis of waggling the tires and peering to
see if anything has fallen off, but there's nothing obvious. Also they appear
to have forgotten to put shocks on the car in the factory, because I can't
where they are?! Are they in the strange magic box that's at the top of one
Any help much appreciated,
Chris (Seattle, WA right now, but formerly Edinburgh, UK)
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