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  • Forbird
    Apprentice
    • Nov 27 2023
    • 62

    1962 wild ride when going over bumps

    When I go over large bumps and dips on the freeway it’s hard to keep the car from going into the next lane. It rocks a lot. It’s like it wasn’t to swerve when it hit a bump. All of the shocks have been replaced but not the springs. When I had it at the mechanic to get all of the wheels bearings and brake parts replaced he said that the springs are okay but I am having doubts. Any recommendations? The springs might be the originals.
  • simplyconnected
    Administrator
    • May 26 2009
    • 8811

    #2
    I would check the rear axle arms and their mounting bolts, particularly at the body pivot areas.
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    • Forbird
      Apprentice
      • Nov 27 2023
      • 62

      #3
      I have leaf spring in the rear. I didn’t think leaf spring cars had rear axle arms.

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      • simplyconnected
        Administrator
        • May 26 2009
        • 8811

        #4
        Somehow, I thought you have a 58' Squarebird. Sorry
        How are your bushings and sway bar?. - Dave
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        • Forbird
          Apprentice
          • Nov 27 2023
          • 62

          #5
          I had the mechanic do a full inspection and he didn’t find anything wrong with them but it would probably be a good idea if I took a look for my self.

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          • YellowRose
            Super-Experienced


            • Jan 21 2008
            • 17275

            #6
            Have you considered adding front and rear ant-sway bars to that Bulletbird? You get them from Lance Harrington of Tbird Southwest in La Grange. He has them made at a plant in NC as I recall. As I recall, he has them made for 1958-1966 Tbirds. A good number of our members have added front and/or rear anti-sway bars to their Tbirds... Contact Lance Harrington 979-249-4200 at Thunderbirds Southwest. Some of our Tbird Parts houses also sell them, but if that interests you, call Lance who can tell you all about them since he is the one who has been having them made for years....

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            • Forbird
              Apprentice
              • Nov 27 2023
              • 62

              #7
              I will look into it. I guess I just assumed it had a front sway bar without even looking.

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              • jopizz
                Super-Experienced


                • Nov 23 2009
                • 8420

                #8
                It does have a sway bar but it's pretty small. Lance sells larger ones. They can help with oversteer or understeer issues. I'm not sure that's what you are experiencing.

                John
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