Just curious, were you using the standard rubber bushings, or some
stiffer Delrin or Urithane bushings?
>Sent: Sunday, July 28, 1996 6:24 PM
>Subject: Deadly Defect
>I must say that I'm glad to be writing this, and not dead on the road. I
>just had the crap scared out of me. I had just gassed up the Tiger, and
>pulled out of the station when the left front tire collapsed into the
>fender and valance, mangled beyond repair. Five min. later, and I would
>have been zipping down interstate rt. 95. I'm shaking thinking about that,
>and the fact that I was out on the highway last night with my 5 year old
>son in the car.
>I know your all thinking "Ahhh, exploding ball joint!", but here's the
>really frightening part. All the joints are still intact. The lower fulcrum
>pin sheared itself in half at the rear mounting point. The bolts and
>bracket are still in place on the crossmember! The metal is sheared
>Thirty year old brit. part, you ask? Nope, this is a part that was
>purchased from one of our leading parts suppliers! It only has 3 summers
>use on it. I don't think this fulcrum pin has 10,000 mi. on it. This is a
>purely street driven car. It's never raced or driven in the winter. If ANY
>of you have purchased these reproduction lower fulcrum pins STOP DRIVING
>YOUR SUNBEAM NOW!!!! YOUR LIFE IS AT STAKE!!!
>I'm going to contact the vender that I bought these fulcrum pins from and
>inform him that he's got a real serious problem on his hands. I know he's
>just reselling a part, but it's got to be made clear that these parts are
>lethally defective. I hope he's apreciative of the fact that he is talking
>to me, not my widow and her lawyer.
>Please, get under your car and check for cracks, if your using this piece.
>I don't want to be reading any obituaries on this screen! pjb and the