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  • Front End Sag on 1929 Sports Coupe

    One of our club members was driving his 1929 Coupe to his garage behind his house. While driving on a grassy area, he heard a very loud clunk from the front end. When he got the car into his garage he noticed the driver side of the front end was much lower (about three inches) than the passenger side. When we looked at it yesterday, we saw the shock arm and link on the passenger side were in a straight line and at about a 45 degree angle down to the spring perch. We removed the arm from the shock and the front returned to being level. We put a large wrench on the shock where the arm goes and there was some resistance when we moved the shock both up and down.
    Has anyone heard of this happening before and what might have caused the problem?
    Dave

  • #2
    Hi Dave
    I had a few cars lean due to a seized shock.. when i popped the shock link off the vehicle sprang back
    3 ~ Tudor's
    Henry Ford said
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    • #3
      Hi Mitch,
      I wish I had taken a picture of this. All four shocks on the car had been rebuilt by Robert Paul about four years ago.
      Dave

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      • #4
        How about a broken spring

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        • #5
          Before I placed the MGB shocks on the rear of mine, the left one was frozen solid and kept the left side of the car lower. After replacing the shocks in the rear only, it still leans but the ride is like on a cloud.
          You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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          • #6
            Can you make it lock up again at 45 degrees?
            Is the shock otherwise working OK?
            I never heard of this, and at first thought something must have broke inside the shock.

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            • #7
              Would have something in the link bound up? I lnow not much in the link, if the shock is ok something bound up!

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              • #8
                I had thought the front spring was either broken or the center bolt had come out of the front cross member. We did remove the front spring and it was okay as was the square bolt head fitting into the cross member. The center spring bolt was a little loose so we tightened it and peened the end over the nut. We did find a small crack in the front cross member just in front of where the spring bolt goes through. This has now been welded.Will check on the link being locked up and further check the shock.
                Thanks for all of the input as this was very puzzling to me when I saw it.
                Dave

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                • Mitch
                  Mitch commented
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                  I never saw a stuck link, just a shock
                  can't see a link doing that

                • George Miller
                  George Miller commented
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                  That might be it. Let us know if it is fixed. We all learn from this kind of thing.

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