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Posted: 1/10/2006 1:50:58 PM EDT
Well sort of. I (and I say *I* lightly, and under duress) broke a drag link on my swaybar. How, might you ask? Why, by hooking onto my swaybar with a tow strap and a Blazer, of course!. Snow handling isn't one of this car's finer points.

Anyway, I suggested that hooking onto the swaybar wasn't a good idea, but a man who shall remain nameless insisted that a cold-rolled steel swaybar WILL NOT break. He was right. The drag link did.

This man who may or may not be married to my sister felt pretty bad about it. So we decided to not cry over spilled milk, let bygones be bygones, shake hands, and holster our weapons. We then went to work fixing the problem.

Normal people with lots of money might call a dealer, wait 3 days and take it up the ass. We're not normal. Why do all that, when you can fix it yourself? I don't know either. Ladies and gentlemen, I present "An Illustrated Guide to Fixing a Fuck-up":


First, survey the damage. Yup it's broken. Second, cuss Ford for not painting the differential.



Next, grind the part down and have a closer look. Yup, broken. It's a clean break though, and it could be welded up without a problem.



Next, fire up the MIG and get to it. Threaten the welder with dismemberment if penetration is not sufficient.



Next, grind the weld down so that everything looks nice.



Grab a beer from the fridge and admire your handywork.



Finish cleaning the part, hang it from the rafters with bailing wire, and powder coat it.



Toss it in a $25 dollar oven purchased for just this sort of thing, and wait an hour.



Next, forget to take a pic of the completed part. Anyway, it came out REALLY glossy and it was re-installed. It actually looks 10x nicer than the other one. One of these days, I'm going to pull the other one off and re-powder coat it so they match.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 1:54:01 PM EDT
Future thread title from SubnetMask:

"Why does my car pull to the right?"
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 1:54:53 PM EDT
Dude you powder coat? thats awesome can i send ya some stuff
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 1:56:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HKTackDriver:
Future thread title from SubnetMask:

"Why does my car pull to the right?"



The alignment is just fine.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 1:56:43 PM EDT
I can hear that guy from tool talk grunting...good job.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 1:57:04 PM EDT
I can't tell how many times I've almost bought the Hotcoat system.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 1:57:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FMJshooter:
Dude you powder coat? thats awesome can i send ya some stuff



I don't see why not, within reason.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 1:57:55 PM EDT
considering it has a straight axle assy and not an independent rear, I doubt it will pull.



Gary
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 1:58:12 PM EDT
is an entire ford 9" housing within reason .

J/k
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 1:58:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:
Well sort of. I (and I say *I* lightly, and under duress) broke a drag link on my swaybar. How, might you ask? Why, by hooking onto my swaybar with a tow strap and a Blazer, of course!. Snow handling isn't one of this car's finer points.

Anyway, I suggested that hooking onto the swaybar wasn't a good idea, but a man who shall remain nameless insisted that a cold-rolled steel swaybar WILL NOT break. He was right. The drag link did.

This man who may or may not be married to my sister felt pretty bad about it. So we decided to not cry over spilled milk, let bygones be bygones, shake hands, and holster our weapons. We then went to work fixing the problem.

Normal people with lots of money might call a dealer, wait 3 days and take it up the ass. We're not normal. Why do all that, when you can fix it yourself? I don't know either. Ladies and gentlemen, I present "An Illustrated Guide to Fixing a Fuck-up":


First, survey the damage. Yup it's broken. Second, cuss Ford for not painting the differential.
alan.strawinski.net/images/mustang/Broken_Drag_Link/051216022312.JPG


Next, grind the part down and have a closer look. Yup, broken. It's a clean break though, and it could be welded up without a problem.
alan.strawinski.net/images/mustang/Broken_Drag_Link/051216022358.JPG


Next, fire up the MIG and get to it. Threaten the welder with dismemberment if penetration is not sufficient.
alan.strawinski.net/images/mustang/Broken_Drag_Link/051216022956.JPG


Next, grind the weld down so that everything looks nice.
alan.strawinski.net/images/mustang/Broken_Drag_Link/051216023658.JPG


Grab a beer from the fridge and admire your handywork.
alan.strawinski.net/images/mustang/Broken_Drag_Link/051216024152.JPG


Finish cleaning the part, hang it from the rafters with bailing wire, and powder coat it.
alan.strawinski.net/images/mustang/Broken_Drag_Link/051216025354.JPG


Toss it in a $25 dollar oven purchased for just this sort of thing, and wait an hour.
alan.strawinski.net/images/mustang/Broken_Drag_Link/051216024938.JPG


Next, forget to take a pic of the completed part. Anyway, it came out REALLY glossy and it was re-installed. It actually looks 10x nicer than the other one. One of these days, I'm going to pull the other one off and re-powder coat it so they match.


you pretty much deserve a broken Mustang...
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:00:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FMJshooter:
is an entire ford 9" housing within reason .

J/k



I don't think it will fit in the oven...
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:06:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:09:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JFP:
you pretty much deserve a broken Mustang...



Oh, I got what was coming to me. *I'M* not the guy who broke it, but I could've put my foot down and said "Oh hell no, you Blazer drivin', tow-strap-hookin' Neanderthal!" At least my stupidity is compensated with tools from "Oh Now You've Gone and Done It Dumbass, Inc". I'm a huge shareholder.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:16:21 PM EDT
I can't believe you did not think of the mounting of the bar.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:18:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By killingmachine123:
I can't believe you did not think of the mounting of the bar.



I can.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:22:48 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:24:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2006 2:28:57 PM EDT by Janus]


You should be severly beat for driving a 2005 mustang in the winter.

Salt, rust, snow, ice, those are not good things for an American car.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:26:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Paul:
Rust on a 2005



Dang I don't miss that crap. My eight and ten year old cars don't have a lick of rust save under the hubs where the condensation from the hot brakes sometimes collects. I grew up in Chicago with rust and just figured since I joined the Navy and started living in warmer climates that they just figured out how to treat medal to prevent rust.




Every differental on a 2005 Mustang I've ever seen is rusty. Mine looked like that before a single grain of salt ever hit it. It's not painted, and cast iron is gonna rust. Even in California.

I'm going to pull the rear off, blast it and powdercoat it sometime this year. This is also my stang's last winter. Truth be told, I haven't driven it in a couple of weeks. Rust scares me.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:29:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Janus:


You should be severly beat for driving a 2005 mustang in the winter.

Salt, rust, snow, ice, those are not good things



The car is driven up on ramps and pressure washed immediately after being driven. It's also it's first and last winter. One year of mild snow and salt (it's been a light year) isn't going to hurt a thing. I've seen cars around here driven daily for 10 years with nary a spot of rust. The owners are quite meticulous, though (like me).

At any rate, the plan is to park it as soon as I get a beater truck.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:30:09 PM EDT
Pustang<Blazer
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:32:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By akethan:
Pustang<Blazer


You got that right!

<----------
2005 TrailBlazer owner
Former 2000 Blazer owner
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:33:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By deej86:

Originally Posted By akethan:
Pustang<Blazer


You got that right!

<----------
2005 TrailBlazer owner
Former 2000 Blazer owner



Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:34:30 PM EDT
Hey Subnet check out the new sigline
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:35:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By deej86:
Hey Subnet check out the new sigline



Heh.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:39:00 PM EDT
Speaking of Mustangs:

Once upon a time, my dad purchased a 1986 Ford Mustang LX four-cylinder. POS didn't even begin to describe it.

No working tachometer, radiator troubles, no working door lock, and the trans went out.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:43:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:

Originally Posted By Paul:
Rust on a 2005



Dang I don't miss that crap. My eight and ten year old cars don't have a lick of rust save under the hubs where the condensation from the hot brakes sometimes collects. I grew up in Chicago with rust and just figured since I joined the Navy and started living in warmer climates that they just figured out how to treat medal to prevent rust.




Every differental on a 2005 Mustang I've ever seen is rusty. Mine looked like that before a single grain of salt ever hit it. It's not painted, and cast iron is gonna rust. Even in California.

I'm going to pull the rear off, blast it and powdercoat it sometime this year. This is also my stang's last winter. Truth be told, I haven't driven it in a couple of weeks. Rust scares me.



Mine isn't. It's painted, and the cover is shiny. A couple brackets that attach to it are rusty though.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:50:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By deej86:
Speaking of Mustangs:

Once upon a time, my dad purchased a 1986 Ford Mustang LX four-cylinder. POS didn't even begin to describe it.

No working tachometer, radiator troubles, no working door lock, and the trans went out.



Ahem. Speaking of Blazers, The Blazer that pulled me out has a broken temp guage, burns oil, a hood that shakes, sloppy steering, horrific gas mileage, an out of balance driveshaft, a slipping transmission, interior rattles, fading brakes, and alot of wind noise. So, what's your fucking point?

Comparing a new 300hp Mustang to an 86 Fox body with a 4 banger, is kind of asinine. Further, drawing comparisons between a Mustang of any vintage and a Blazer - two COMPLETELY different vehicle types - is overwhelmingly retarded.

For the life of me, I will NEVER understand people's insistence on perpetuating car "A" vs car "B" arguments. KNOCK IT OFF. Do you people have any idea how ridiculous this crap is? If you've got detailed fleet service records, talk to me. Otherwise, STFU.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:52:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gunlvr8:

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:

Originally Posted By Paul:
Rust on a 2005



Dang I don't miss that crap. My eight and ten year old cars don't have a lick of rust save under the hubs where the condensation from the hot brakes sometimes collects. I grew up in Chicago with rust and just figured since I joined the Navy and started living in warmer climates that they just figured out how to treat medal to prevent rust.




Every differental on a 2005 Mustang I've ever seen is rusty. Mine looked like that before a single grain of salt ever hit it. It's not painted, and cast iron is gonna rust. Even in California.

I'm going to pull the rear off, blast it and powdercoat it sometime this year. This is also my stang's last winter. Truth be told, I haven't driven it in a couple of weeks. Rust scares me.



Mine isn't. It's painted, and the cover is shiny. A couple brackets that attach to it are rusty though.



Well, I'll be damed. 05? How did I get shafted.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 2:56:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:

Originally Posted By deej86:
Speaking of Mustangs:

Once upon a time, my dad purchased a 1986 Ford Mustang LX four-cylinder. POS didn't even begin to describe it.

No working tachometer, radiator troubles, no working door lock, and the trans went out.



Ahem. Speaking of Blazers, The Blazer that pulled me out has a broken temp guage, burns oil, a hood that shakes, sloppy steering, horrific gas mileage, an out of balance driveshaft, a slipping transmission, interior rattles, fading brakes, and alot of wind noise. So, what's your fucking point?

Comparing a new 300hp Mustang to an 86 Fox body with a 4 banger, is kind of asinine. Further, drawing comparisons between a Mustang of any vintage and a Blazer - two COMPLETELY different vehicle types - is overwhelmingly retarded.

For the life of me, I will NEVER understand people's insistence on perpetuating car "A" vs car "B" arguments. KNOCK IT OFF. Do you people have any idea how ridiculous this crap is? If you've got detailed fleet service records, talk to me. Otherwise, STFU.


Fair enough.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 7:30:37 PM EDT
More on the rusty differential:

I'm reading this month's issue of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, and they have pictures of a suspension upgrade on a CLEAN 05. The underside of the car is spotless. Hell, there isn't even a smudge on the stickers affixed to the diff. It's rusted just like mine. I'm suprised somebody here owns one that's actually painted.

Gunlovr8: Are you SURE your is painted, and not undercoated or something? Wierd.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 7:44:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2006 7:50:48 PM EDT by gunlvr8]

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:
More on the rusty differential:

I'm reading this month's issue of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, and they have pictures of a suspension upgrade on a CLEAN 05. The underside of the car is spotless. Hell, there isn't even a smudge on the stickers affixed to the diff. It's rusted just like mine. I'm suprised somebody here owns one that's actually painted.

Gunlovr8: Are you SURE your is painted, and not undercoated or something? Wierd.



Yep. Uploading pics, be up in a minute.

That pg 1 pic, I never knew they did that.

ETA:





It's a 6 banger, built I think in May 05
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 7:50:55 PM EDT
EVERYONE knows you hook it around the axle near the diff......
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 7:57:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gunlvr8:

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:
More on the rusty differential:

I'm reading this month's issue of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, and they have pictures of a suspension upgrade on a CLEAN 05. The underside of the car is spotless. Hell, there isn't even a smudge on the stickers affixed to the diff. It's rusted just like mine. I'm suprised somebody here owns one that's actually painted.

Gunlovr8: Are you SURE your is painted, and not undercoated or something? Wierd.



Yep. Uploading pics, be up in a minute.

That pg 1 pic, I never knew they did that.

ETA:

i38.photobucket.com/albums/e114/gunlvr8/DSCF0012a.jpg

i38.photobucket.com/albums/e114/gunlvr8/DSCF0008a.jpg

It's a 6 banger, built I think in May 05



I think the rear diff is different on the V6. Hmmm....

Well, ya learn something new every day.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 7:59:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
EVERYONE knows you hook it around the axle near the diff......



Well, almost everyone...

Keep kicking me while I'm down, guys.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 8:06:43 PM EDT
For future reference, watch out for the brake lines on the rear axle.......
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 8:08:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
EVERYONE knows you hook it around the axle near the diff......



Well, almost everyone...

Keep kicking me while I'm down, guys.



The last time I have had anything to do with a tow strap and a sportscar we used a 1996 Camaro Z28 to tow a busted up prelude from WMUs campus to a highschool autobody shop. (approx 10-12 miles). The sad thing is that the camaro still out-accellerated my car, by a lot.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 9:22:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SkyCatII:

Originally Posted By SubnetMask:

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
EVERYONE knows you hook it around the axle near the diff......



Well, almost everyone...

Keep kicking me while I'm down, guys.



The last time I have had anything to do with a tow strap and a sportscar we used a 1996 Camaro Z28 to tow a busted up prelude from WMUs campus to a highschool autobody shop. (approx 10-12 miles). The sad thing is that the camaro still out-accellerated my car, by a lot.



Ouch!
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 9:33:20 AM EDT
When I buy a new vehicle I get under it and paint all of the bare metal parts. There are alot of them.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 9:38:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By FMJshooter:
Dude you powder coat? thats awesome can i send ya some stuff


Heres a friend of mines coating shop ....he can do anything for ya..http://www.coatingspecialties.com/
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 10:38:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2006 10:39:47 AM EDT by ShadowCompany]
Just take it to Brokedick Mountain. They can fix it, and your rear end too.

(sorry, couldn't help it)
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