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Old 05-20-2005, 07:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I can't seem to get even close to enough tension no matter how the torsion bars are installed to hold the deck lid up. Do the bars have to have a full 360 degree twist on them to have proper tension? BTW, it is a '67 vert.
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Old 05-20-2005, 07:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I do not know the answer, but have seen the question before. You should be able to find what you want with a search.
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Old 05-21-2005, 12:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, I searched before I posted. Every post on the topic is mostly people talking about how much it sucks to install them, but nobody ever said if they need to be twisted all the way around or what to do if the trunk lid still won't stay up. So I'm still looking for the answer.
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Old 05-21-2005, 01:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm about to do the same, again. Didn't know there was a rh/lh piece. I installed them once by positioning the shorter end into place and then bending and sliding the longer (rear most) pieces into place. They look good but lid won't stay open even in the max setting. That's why I think there's a rh & a lh. Oh by the way in my '67 Ford shop manual a nice pic and a "how to do" showing the special tool. The tool looks eay to make as that's what I'm doing. Flat steel stock about 1" wide, make a slit in the end about twice the dia. of the rod, then a hole center of rod couple inches down the bar, be the same dist. as the small end of rod where the "U" shape is. Just slide on tool and twist I guess. Haven't gotten that far yet. When all else fails use a pipe wrench and a big adjustable wrench.
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Or do as I am, and change from the factory '67 design to the '68 round-spring type, and bolt it in...
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Old 05-24-2005, 09:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have tried switching the RH and LH rods, it still doesn't stay up.
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Old 06-03-2005, 12:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Apparently the torsion bars are worn out. I am confident that they are installed correctly after talking to some people here and locally, and it still will not stay up. I might check out that '68 desing or go junkyarding from another Ford if I can find one that is the same bar.
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