Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Miamisburg, Oh.
Torsion Bar front mount broken!
I found something very odd (to me) on my Ebay Calico Impala.
If you've never looked at it, the front of the torsion bar mounts in a frame cross-member using 3 bolts.
The front part had busted CLEAN THROUGH the sub-frame! The metal of the cross-member was still bolted tightly to the torsion bar too!
I hate that I didn't get a "before" picture, but here's the finished product after a few hours work. What you can't see is that we cleaned up the 4"x3" broken piece of the busted out cross-member (and cleaned the area), put a V-edge on it, and welded it back in place.
The picture is of an 'overlay' that we made to further support the area, it's just metal stock from Lowes - $10. We added some welding on the opposite side also.