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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-12-2016, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Lean on the left rear

Not sure if this goes in "Suspension" or "Body" but here goes....

'64 Impala wagon. The left, rear corner seems to be sagging. I bought new coil springs and shocks for the rear. Last night I jacked it up and set it down on jackstands placed just ahead of where the rear trailing arms attach to the frame. I got out from underneath it and the sag was still there while it was sitting on the jackstands, completely off the suspension in the back. I measured the jackstands and they were both 14" tall. From the ground to the wheel opening is 30" on the right, 28.5" on the left. I'm thinking something is messed up with either the frame or body mounts. The rear bumper is even across the tailgate. Since it's attached to the frame, I figure it has to be in the frame.

My dad doesn't believe it - he says I have to get it up off the front suspension, too, to be sure. Over the weekend, however, I the front up on jackstands and the front appears to be even. My great uncle bought the car new and it's never been in an accident that would have tweaked the frame. Do these things get bent out of shape over time? Is there something else I could be looking at?

I didn't bother putting the springs in. I probably will, but I didn't get to it last night.
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My car has a left-rear lean as well, I think more on the order of 2:" now. I wont' drive it until it's fixed.
I have a full new suspension in the front and back and this lean started over a year ago, maybe 2 and has gotten gradually worse. (suspension bits torqued only after car's weight is on the wheels)

For my ride, it appears to be a rusted out coil pocket. From underneath, I can put my hand on top of the left-rear pocket adn feel the coil poking through. Since it's a convertible, I suspect their was a drainage issue or leak and that caused the top of the spring pocket to rust away.

I realize you have a wagon, but it is worth checking out anyway.

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/blog.php?u=1432
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From underneath, I can put my hand on top of the left-rear pocket adn feel the coil poking through.

I realize you have a wagon, but it is worth checking out anyway.
That's not good. I have mine sitting on jackstands under the frame (coil springs out of the equation) and it still leans. But I'll check out those coil pockets anyway - I'm replacing them soon.

The wagon is likely the same frame, I think.
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Rubber bushings rot with time. Worse yet they promote rust as they slowly rot away; self vulcanizing to the frame tabs that are supposed to be holding up the body.


Verify all bushings are in good shape and that the tabs are sound (uniform in shape) as they will bend as the rusting makes the metal thinner.


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HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
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