Jump to content

1936 Buick Special Intermediate Steering Arm Bearing


Recommended Posts

Hi All,
 
Getting ready to remove the "Intermediate Steering Arm" from my 1936 Buick Special because its shot and cause really bad death wobble. This looks like a challenge. Does anyone have any suggestions or has done this before? Any pointers would be great. Looks like there is a bracket that it's attached too. So, does this bracket get loose and slide forward/backward?
 
 

20210331_094206.jpg

20210331_094209.jpg

20210402_162739.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

I have never removed mine, `36 coupe 40 series,  but i have the bearing(not for sale). Bearing info: New Departure 916    Disconnect the steering linkage and both tie-rods. Looks like the front pan (just above bolt head)needs to be removed. Then remove the 4 bracket bolts, knock the center bolt upward and arm and bracket, should slide on out. Good luck.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

Thank you yes, I got it out and found the replacement on Bobs! I'll use the old bearing to press in the new one, it was shot and I believe this to be the main cause of the death wobble. 

Robert 20210403_200313.jpg.b30bc9119d2f04658c78aca574d96f50.jpg20210414_100005.jpg.fa55837adff1dcff445fa9f788cc1c5f.jpg

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

Okay, update today, (had some time). We installed the driver’s side lower pivot pin using a 20-ton press. Also, we installed the new “idler control arm” bearing for the steering (from Bob’s Automobilia) as well. My bad returned shocks finally came back from Cars LLC. So, I am going to forward them to “Apple Hydraulics” to either take them apart and fit them to “other Lovejoy” shocks of the period or maybe rebuild these. New inner tie rods too. So we are getting there, the whole 36 Special front end will be rebuilt since 1936….Stay tuned…

20210423_194830.jpg.0b9cc642557e53a3279151be8efc86a7.jpg20210423_141713.jpg.5632a6136f9cababc9234bdd67b82745.jpg20210423_141708.jpg.70ecab5b6630330667a828d5e6938b98.jpg20210423_132928.jpg.b8978c2eb82e487684456f356193d3fd.jpg20210423_132923.jpg.6de97c93cef60f0c791d7fd0ff7fbeae.jpg20210423_194840.jpg.9e9076a874e3fcef9baf92f4b6491c49.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

Before spending the money to ship the shocks to Apple Hydraulics, I would suggest you ask Apple Hydraulics if they are the ones who said that the shocks could not be rebuilt. If I recall correctly, it was Cars who I sent a brake master cylinder to for resleeving a few years ago. The master cylinder was shipped back to me from Apple Hydraulics. Perhaps Cars uses someone else for shocks but they apparently use Apple Hydraulics for brake master cylinder resleeving.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

Good point MCHinson, yes, Cars LLC was the first attempt at shock rebuilding. Since they are located in NJ, maybe they did go w/ Apple. A year ago I had the steering box rebuilt and the funny thing is if I went w/ Laress company directly, it was going to cost me about $700, but since I went through RockAuto, they gave me a price of $300 for the same service. Strange things happen, it was like a middle man in reverse w/ a discount. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...