Rebuilding the front end

Posted by admin November 16th, 2008

The front end suspension on this car is from a 1967 Corvair. When I purchased the car, the front end was completely rusted out. The cross member was rusted completely through and lacked any structural integrity.

Corvair front end rusted out.

Corvair front end rusted out.

Rusted!!

Rusted!!

Taken completely apart and inspected. Some parts could be restored.

Taken completely apart and inspected. Some parts could be restored.

Sandblasted, rustproofed, and painted.

Sandblasted, rustproofed, and painted.

A new cross member was purchased from Clark’s Corvair which was frieghted to me. Though covered with light surface rust, the new cross member was in good shape. A quick sandblasting, rustproofing, and paint and I was ready to assemble all the parts back together.

The steel had arrived for the front nose as well. After carefully measuring and leveling, the new steel was welded into place. A new support for the rack and pinion was also fabricated.

The next step was to mount the fiberglass nose of the car. I was going to fabricate some hinges but needed a good firm mounting point. To do this I would attach two steel plates that I could weld the hinge onto.

The final hinge welded and mounted in place.



The front nose now hinged forward.

The back hinge I also had to fabricate.


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