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Old 07-27-2017, 06:49 PM   #21
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After you have found and cured your problem you will see why its advisable to add a steering damper.
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:50 PM   #22
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Could try swapping out the rear tires for the front (if the same size). Free anyways.

Somethings loosey-goosey...
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:07 PM   #23
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I have that occur occasionally in my '29. Steering box needs a rebuild...lots of steering wheel play.
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:15 PM   #24
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Hi all; Bought a Model A on the cheap because of this and found the wishbone pivot loose. Repaired and it was a good car. Newc
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:32 PM   #25
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The first thing I would check is for correct toe in.
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Old 07-27-2017, 08:23 PM   #26
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My deuce pu has split bones with 37 Hudson steering leading to 32 spindles all with original 32 tie rod ends. I have 6 degrees of caster and 1/8 toe in. I have ran a steering damper from the beginning and it drives perfect at any speed.
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:48 PM   #27
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My death wobble upon first drive was due to the fact that one of the tires had a bunch of dried mud in it...

I like the (1976 ish) VW Super Beetle front steering damper...

Have a friendly person move the steering wheel from side to side, just 1 to 3 inches.
You're underneath, touch all the joints one by one, both sides of the joint at the same time.. You will find out where there is any slop.

I'm running about 10 degrees castor angle, small toe-in 1/16".

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Old 07-28-2017, 09:11 AM   #28
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Are you using a dropped axle? Anyway if you do not find the problem put a steering damper on it. You can get one from So-Cal speed shop or off an early VW. I use one on all my cars it will end the problem.
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Old 07-28-2017, 10:32 AM   #29
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My 39 CS had the same problem,I couldn't find the problem without a major remove and replace program. I nstalled a damper,problem gone!
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Old 07-28-2017, 11:34 AM   #30
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I am having the same issue with my AV8.
32 frame, split 37 bones, new axle, 7 degrees caster, bias plies.
First time I thought it was just gen bump I hit, our roads are pretty crappy. Second time I started looking for a problem, only thing I could think of was tightening up the drag link ends( ball and spring style).
I thought I had it, but about a month ago at about 35 mph I hit one of those same gaps in the road and it came back with a vengeance. I had to come to a full stop.
I'm still looking for the problem. Whatever you come up with, I'll give it a try.
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Old 07-28-2017, 12:10 PM   #31
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Solid axles don't like bumps! Is the steering box tight?
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Old 07-28-2017, 12:17 PM   #32
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I agree with Gary, had that problem on my roadster going over tar strips that were slightly at angles. Adjusted the toe-in, no more shimmy. Paul Selfe.
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Old 07-28-2017, 06:09 PM   #33
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A weak front spring will change the castor, Had a model A same problem replaced front spring problem cured
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Old 07-28-2017, 06:59 PM   #34
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A weak front spring will change the castor, Had a model A same problem replaced front spring problem cured
You know, I had to think about that one for about four seconds, but you're right.......as the chassis altitude decreases (with a weak spring), the rear of the wishbone goes down. BUT..........that INCREASES the caster in a POSITIVE direction.......which ain't a bad thing! DD
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Old 07-28-2017, 09:17 PM   #35
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The problem may have been more in the shackles than the spring, than might account for the fix in changing the spring. Hard to believe it was a weak spring alone as removing leaves to lower the front (which would weaken the spring) is a common practice.
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Old 07-29-2017, 06:52 AM   #36
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Default Re: I test drove the 32 today Not good

When I had Model A's the problem was in the wishbone ball being loose. I think I use the rubber ball to correct the problem back then. I have not check that as yet. I got a car on the lift so I need to finish it first.
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Old 07-29-2017, 07:36 AM   #37
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I got a car on the lift so I need to finish it first.
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Old 07-29-2017, 07:51 AM   #38
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If everything is right, it shouldn't. That being said, my rpu with split bones did it, bad. Mostly when I'd hit something on a diagonal like a bridge seam.Everything was new, alignment done and 7 degrees caster. Steering stabilizer fixed it. Look under any newer vehicle with a solid axle (like Jeep) and you will see one from the factory.
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