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Torsion bar adjustment didnt work....

 
xRedRoosterx xRedRoosterx
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 01/09
Posted: 01/28/09
02:23 AM

I just bought a 1973 dodge dart swinger. the front end was lowered and constantly bottoms out. Also every time I take a sharp turn the wheels rub against the fender.

I decided to adjust the Torsion bar. I raised it to a decent hight where the tires wouldnt rub. Then I drove it for 20 yards and it went back to how it was. Confused

These are my questions:
-Could the shocks be shot and need replacement?
-Is it common for shocks to wear out to this degree when lowered
-After adjusting the torsion bar is there a special way of locking in the height?
-Most importantly, who really "let the dogs out"? Tongue

Cheers,
-Rooster  
1973 Dodge Dart Swinger 318V8

drmopar drmopar
Guru | Posts: 1445 | Joined: 02/08
Posted: 01/28/09
12:03 PM

Yea replace the sub frame, it is most likely rusted out and the torsion bars need to be anchored to something solid, the guy who told you he lowered it probably lowered it when the frame broke hitting a bump.  

xRedRoosterx xRedRoosterx
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 01/09
Posted: 01/28/09
12:29 PM

Is that it? I thought it was going to be something complicated like replacing the subframe......aww shoot Frown .
Thank you Dr Mopar, cheers
-Rooster  
1973 Dodge Dart Swinger 318V8

RBolig RBolig
Moderator | Posts: 948 | Joined: 12/03
Posted: 01/28/09
01:26 PM

If the subframe where the torsion bars mount is ok, the torsion bars may be losing their resiliancy. if so, they're about to snap.  
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xRedRoosterx xRedRoosterx
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 01/09
Posted: 01/28/09
03:13 PM

awesome.

So say that there is rust where the Torsion bars mount, can I cut and weld a new piece?

Or will I have to replace the entire sub frame?  
1973 Dodge Dart Swinger 318V8

drmopar drmopar
Guru | Posts: 1445 | Joined: 02/08
Posted: 01/28/09
10:06 PM

In the old days we used to just weld in pieces, today you can buy sections and weld up the entire area.
Start checking with BE&A or year one, if they don't have what you are looking for they will be able to advise were you can buy the sections.
Good Luck.  

xRedRoosterx xRedRoosterx
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 01/09
Posted: 01/29/09
12:17 AM

thank you dr mopar.

I went in again tonight and found the sub frame un-rusted and un-bumped.
I did notice that if I physically pull up on the bumper the car remains at the adjusted stance then if I turn the wheels or bounce the car it drops to a lowered stance....
help Confused  
1973 Dodge Dart Swinger 318V8

maxwedgemaine maxwedgemaine
New User | Posts: 26 | Joined: 01/09
Posted: 01/29/09
06:05 AM

How close is the 3/4" bolt head from the inside of the lower arm? Hom many threads can you see above the bolt head? Usually the suspension reacts very fast to 2 full turns of the 3/4" bolt head.
Dom Rinaldi  

maxwedgemaine maxwedgemaine
New User | Posts: 26 | Joined: 01/09
Posted: 01/29/09
06:09 AM

Rooster
I forgot to mention. Shocks have nothing to do with height, they only control ride. There is no locking of the bolt for the adjustment.
Also now that you mention it I just realized the dogs got out. Got to go and find out where the hell they are.
Dom Rinaldi