Structural Inspection

Received car back from Victoria Frame, the structural inspector with the following list of repair items and recommendations. Will need to work though the requirements and reinspect.

Requirements (Frame, Suspension):

  1. Right outer tie rod has moderate play and needs replacing.
    1. ACTION: Replace with new.
  2. Left front upper control arm rearmost pivot nut/bolt is loose.
    1. ACTION: Install shims and tighten nut.
  3. Rear shock upper mounts are too wide & need shims.
    1. ACTION: Install shims to reduce gaps.
  4. Left & Right rear upper control arm mounts need to be shimmed/tight.
    1. ACTION: Install shims to reduce gaps.
  5. Left rear lower control arm rearmost mount is missing a weld at the frame (all other ok).
    1. ACTION: Install missing weld.
  6. Front upper tie rod end/control arm joint at hub are extended too far out and need:
    1. ACTION: Option #1: fabricate larger upper control arm to allow tie rod end to thread in to sleeve fully.
    2. ACTION: Option #2: Reduce front track width to bring tie rod end into sleeve as much as possible
  7. Pop rivets on the left side floor to frame may not be fully engaged
    1. ACTION: Replace rivets.

Recommendations:

  1. Front wheel bearings and/or brakes are noisy.
    1. ACTION: Re-check after some KMs put on car.
  2. Rear wheel bearings are noisy.
    1. ACTION: Re-check after some KMs put on car.
  3. Steering coupler shaft feels like the u-joints are binding – possibly at too much of an angle.
    1. ACTION: Reduce u-joint angle by installing second u-joint or rotating steering rack.
  4. Tires are lumpy and shifty.
    1. ACTION: Buy new tires.
  5. All rims are bent
    1. ACTION: Buy new rims.
  6. Wheel weights look ready to fall off.
    1. ACTION: see above.
  7. Bare welds under rear sheet metal.  Recommend coating.
    1. ACTION: Install coating on weld (paint).
  8. End caps could be made to block off open ends of frame rails at rear.
    1. ACTION: fabricate caps (rubber? silicone?)
  9. Minor fluid leaks