I had a long post I typed up Friday night, but some how VMF timed out and it was all lost...so I'm keeping this one really short...cause it was a waste of time to see if all out POOF before my eyes the first go around.
Anyway, I had a real mishap last weekend, Saturday night coming back from a BBQ with a lady I work with, and who's husband own's a '66 Mustang convertible similar to one I had as my first Pony, but mine was a 6 cylinder with a 3 speed manual that I swapped from a '67 (Hurst shifter) and his is a 289 C4 Auto. Anyway...she asked me if I was going to bring it over to the BBQ and I said if everything is running well I will since I haven't it taken it very far or out much at all this season. Anyway to keep it short my '69 Convertible was driving fine, and I decided to take it on this hour cruise and everything was fine going there, but not on the return trip! When I left the BBQ, there were no issues with the suspension/ride feel at all...everything appeared normal and I went to get some pure gasoline (non-ethanol) 91 octane at Stewarts, which you can only get in Ulster county around here, since most close stations only sell the blended fuel. Anyway, I went up there and back down 9W and everything was find taking it up from 30MPH to 55 and the same on the return on the Western Bank of the Hudson River, and then I got on I-84 eastbound heading for home. Well it drove fine, going over the Newburgh Beacon Bridge, thru the tolls, and past the correctional facilities, doing about 65 MPH, then there is a construction zone after the I-84 Diner in Fishkill, where the speed drops down to 55 MPH, which I did. I was in the left lane, and all of a sudden my steering locks up, and smoke (burning rubber) is powering up over the hood from under the Mustang, and I'm skidding (wondering what the [email protected]
#K just happened?) and luckily no one was next to me in the right lane as I made my way over to the shoulder! When I got to the shoulder there was a cloud of dust that kicked up and covered the convertible and me (like moon dust!), and I came to a stop... I had to wait many minutes before I could get out of the '69 Mustang due to heavy Saturday night traffic, and you guys how own a '69-70 know who long our door are (like wings when open) and I didn't want to get hit getting out of the car, after just making it this far successfully without killing myself / anyone else or destroying my Pony... I was stunned to say the least...didn't expect this! Well I could out finally walked around the Mustang checking the tires looking to see if any blew out but no did, and all held air. However when I got on to the guiderail and looked at the front passenger side wheel/tire it was kicked out at the bottom of the rim and leaning into the fender well at the top. I knew something broke!
Well after a State Trooper came to assist, and attempted to reach my classic Insurance tow service (Nationwide Roadside Assistance through American Modern Home Insurance co, GIECO's classic car insurer) with his cell since mine wasn't working, and he wasn't able to connect past the automatic answering menu...great when you need them they aren't there to assist you! So he had to call a local tow company, who came with his show truck/flat bed and $344 later I was back in my driveway! However he said as he pulled the Mustang up onto the Flatbed looks like the front hub is pulling out or away from the car.
The next morning I jacked up the Mustang to see what happened, and after I got the wheel/tire off the car, I saw that happened. The grease cap/nut/bearing that holds the rotor/hub onto the spindle was loose, and the spindle snapped about 1.5" in from the nub/cotter pin. I was like how can this happen? I know the '68-69 Spindles are a smaller diameter than the '70-73 mustang spindles but I never thought I'd break the ones I installed since I don't abuse the Mustang and don't race it or drive crazy with it. I barely put 500 miles on it a year these days, less this year because of various factors.
Anyway I've ordered a set of NPD aftermarket '70 style spindles which are thicker than the '69 spindles and I'm going to put the '70 tie rod ends on when NPD sends them to me because they sent '69 inner tie rods by mistake, and told me to keep them...so I have an extra set if I want to change them out at some point. They also recommend changing the wheel bearings because they're supposed to be larger than the '69 bearings. Is that true, since I've got SSBC slotted rotors on my '69 now after doing a disc brake swap many years ago. If memory holds, the rotors came with bearing races already pressed in the rotor hubs and will they need to be changed to fit the '70 style aftermarket spindles? Not sure? or do I need to get a new set of Rotors that will fit the '70 style spindles?
Any other suggestions to keep this '69 Front end together, and not have any repeat of that nightmare! Wasn't the ending to a perfect weather BBQ and cruise with the top down I wanted! But what ever is? Haven't had a nice night out with it in a long while!
ACK! Well...frustrated to say the least, and lucky to be walking and able to tell you about it, and to have my Mustang in one piece (minus the spindle!).