On Tue, 4 Feb 1997 17:20:47 +1300 "Guthrie, Don - HO"
>I need to fix a couple of things (well, about 6 actually) to pass a
>pre-reg safety check. Two I'd like some help on if anyone can:
>1) Loose steering column - diagnosis points to a worn bushing. I
>hearing that it's not difficult to fit a new bushing (something about
>just pushing the new sleeve in and shunting the old one further down
>column) but the Haynes manual isn't very helpful on the actual
>Any advice from the Scions on the steps involved in this job?
>2) I just can't seem to get the two U-bolts which hold down the
>rack firm enough against the mounting points on the chassis to avoid
>side-to-side movement of the rack. The problem is keeping the U-bolt
>the plate which goes over the rubber bushing butted up against the
>chassis mount while tightening the bolt ends. I've tried vice grips to
>hold them together while tightening the bolts but as soon as I release
>the grips they just fall away from each other by a half-inch.
>'74 TR6 PI "No sir, no airbag... but see, there's plenty of bounce in
I built a tool some time ago that let me push the rack mounts apart while
a helper tightened them down. It's hard to describe, but I'll try. It
is made of 1/8th by 1 inch steel stock. The main bar is about three feet
long. in the center of that I loosely bolted a shorter bar, so it
formed a "Y" shape. Make two of these,on to go on each side, front and
back, of the rack. Wedge the two "y" legs against the mount and pull
down on the long bar. The shorter leg pushes out on one mount, while the
longer bar pushes out on the other.
Or you can buy the solid aluminum rack mounts sold by TRF, SICP and Moss.
I bought a pair, but have yet to try them. Some folks say you get too
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