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Old 11-06-2008, 03:25 PM
7kman 7kman is offline
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1978 320 with a shimmy.

What is causing this and how do I fix it?
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Old 11-06-2008, 03:28 PM
Lanc3r Lanc3r is offline
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What is causing this and how do I fix it?
Considering the car is 30 years old, what have you done already?

Generally the Control arms, brakes, wheel bearings, tie rods, shocks and anything I havent mentioned are pretty worn.

Put some effort into your question.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:28 PM
7kman 7kman is offline
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New rotors, new control arms, upgraded to 1983 steering rack with new bushings, and new steering shaft. I am also getting a rattle into the steering column whenever the front wheels hit a bump.

I may go back to the 78 rack and rebuild it with a new damper. Is there an easier fix?
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Old 11-07-2008, 06:47 AM
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New rotors, new control arms, upgraded to 1983 steering rack with new bushings, and new steering shaft. I am also getting a rattle into the steering column whenever the front wheels hit a bump.

I may go back to the 78 rack and rebuild it with a new damper. Is there an easier fix?
There is a guibo in the stearing linkage. Id think of that with a stearing column shake, or a mounting bolt is loose somewhere.
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Old 11-08-2008, 02:20 PM
geraldgj geraldgj is offline
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I have just replaced my lower control amrs and the took care of my shimmy.
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Old 11-13-2008, 04:39 PM
7kman 7kman is offline
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Thanks for the input, I am going to remove the steering column and look for guibos, and replace my control arm and sway bar bushings.
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Old 11-15-2008, 10:15 PM
PBC///2.7 PBC///2.7 is offline
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how are your rims???
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