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Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Wheels & Tires / Re: Tie rod threads
« Last post by MIPS on February 25, 2024, 09:01:20 PM »
Very different in length.

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Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Wheels & Tires / Re: Tie rod threads
« Last post by maddog on February 25, 2024, 05:07:55 PM »
I'm wondering if one could use the inner and outer tie rods from a concord instead as those seem to be readily available, or do they have a different taper to them?
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Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Wheels & Tires / Re: Tie rod threads
« Last post by MIPS on February 23, 2024, 11:21:36 PM »
Just because the threads were a bit mangled I can't justify that price. Alt least, not without trying to clean up the threads again. I took it to my local mechanic and explained the problem and he went in with a fairly deep cutting die and cleaned the threads up. It doesn't change them too much but it cleaned up the flattened portion.




We then took a regular nut and ground shallow crowning into it. Popped it back into the car and heard it click in at 35 foot pounds, so it's seated and set to spec.



We still do not know what happened. We think it was a pothole and a lateral drop was enough that the crown nut used last time simply jumped the threads, allowed the taper to pop out and eventually the cotter pin wore down and failed. The suggestion was to keep an eye on it.
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Spirit/Concord Projects / Re: AMC Concord Hardtop 1981
« Last post by juhap on February 22, 2024, 01:53:17 PM »
The last patch... i hope..



Welded...



Cleaned...



After some bondo it was time to spread filler primer.





And then I had to sand it smooth...



Both sides, of course.



Then some black primer.



Air is full of paint dust...



Started to clean engine... found out that transmission crossmember was very...dirty and mount was dead...



New mount and fresh paint.



Vinyl arrived...



Inner fenders are done...





Crossmember fits well



Little bit cleaning made...



This side too..

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Body Shop / Re: Hornet/ Concord/ Eagle liftgate hinges
« Last post by Trooper on February 22, 2024, 07:53:17 AM »
Yep.
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Body Shop / Re: Hornet/ Concord/ Eagle liftgate hinges
« Last post by rshellen on February 22, 2024, 12:08:45 AM »
Actually when the drivers side broke it tweaked the right side, hope to get them off tomorrow and check out the right side, depending on what I find I may need the right side.
I'll let you know . OKay?
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Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Wheels & Tires / Re: Tie rod threads
« Last post by Taylor on February 21, 2024, 08:40:15 PM »
Would this help shipping from the U.S.?
Me being a scatter brain at times, missed adding the link.

https://www.canadianaddress.ca/

Might want to check into it.

I also checked car-part.com and didn’t find anything.
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Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Wheels & Tires / Re: Tie rod threads
« Last post by MIPS on February 21, 2024, 08:31:22 PM »
$230cad to get it to my door.......that's incredible.
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Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Wheels & Tires / Re: Tie rod threads
« Last post by vangremlin on February 21, 2024, 06:13:33 PM »
Kennedy American lists the inner tie rods as available, $98.  Don't know if any of the other AMC vendors have them available or not.  Good luck!
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Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Wheels & Tires / Tie rod threads
« Last post by MIPS on February 21, 2024, 12:45:34 PM »
Can't leave well enough alone.....
When I separated the inner tie rod from the rack the other month rather than using a separator tool I backed off the crown nut, put it upside down, threaded it back on until it was flush with the tie rod bolt and whacked it with a hammer like I've done with the outer tie rod ends and the ball joints. For whatever reason this mangled the threads and when I went to tighten the nut it spun out on the threads.
Long story short me and a shop chased the threads and put a new crown nut on last month and it tightened up fine. Then on Saturday the klunking comes back, so I look underneath and the nut's simply gone and the cotter pin's sheared off. Had to use a washer and a nail to get it back home but oh man were we close to disaster!  :o
For whatever magical reason, outer tie rod ends are still available for $13. Inner tie rod ends are not available from anyone. Since we cannot renew the remaining threads and a replacement is not available what would I do? Tap it to the next size? How would I machine that down?
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