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Old 01-18-2003, 01:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Today I wrestled with reinstalling the two trunk torsion bars on my coupe's trunklid hinges....What a PIA I finally got both on after about a half hour, a smashed finger, and about a thousand curses....

Is there a trick to this, or is it just one of those jobs that experienced mustangers dread ? Dickson
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Old 01-18-2003, 01:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. I don't know if there is a trick to it. I'll be interested in knowing if someone has found an easy way to do it. If they do, we'll make them write up a FAQ!
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Old 01-18-2003, 02:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Dickson,
Those are probably the springs that I traded to you, huh. Sorry to be the source of such misery.[IMG]/forums/images/icons/smile.gif[/IMG]
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I have a home-made tool that can do a spring in a few seconds. I've meant to post the measurents a long time ago, but moving every 12 months or so has put the kabosh on that. It's pretty simple. I wonder if I could sell the silly things... 65-6 is slightly different from the 67-8s. I think I did make a post with the measurements... maybe that was the old forum... You know what, they are a PITA without the proper tool, err, a proper tool. Maybe someone with a factory shop manual could post a picture of what one looks like. You know what, maybe I could put my tool in the VMF tool crib for loan... or for sale with costs going to VMF... I guess I need a patent first... Crap. amother thing on the "to-do" list. If I can get to my tool box this weekend with moving things and unpacking I will get those measurements... Hold it, you did yours already... oh well... another useless tool in my ever growing collection. Damn it's boring here. I need a job soon... (rants continues on, softer and softer until fading into the background...)
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I did my torsion bars last night too.
I fabricated a tool from a flat ironbar ( 5 x 20 mm ) and drilled 7 mm holes for both of the adjustable end of the torsion bar end. One of the holes is right at the end of the bar and cut open from the end. Then it was pretty simple installing the torsion bars, though with some strain holding the bar.
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Bob - Those are the very ones.....[IMG]/forums/images/icons/crazy.gif[/IMG]

I was using your hinges/torsion bars, and the trunklid that came with the car....The lid's kinda rough but useable (for the coupe). Luckily, I had another very rusty trunklid that I could use to see exactly how the bars went in.....Not that it made installation any easier, but at least I knew I was doing it correctly....Dickson
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I guess it is rough, after sliding down I-55 at 70mph[IMG]/forums/images/icons/crazy.gif[/IMG]
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Actually, that little trip just knocked off some of the rust for me, lessening my prep work just a little....[IMG]/forums/images/icons/wink.gif[/IMG]

Had one rust hole of mention, and a lot of pinholes....Metal2Metal is great stuff...... Dickson
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