Okay, I'm going to make a little diagram here. They should go on like this:
-(OIO)-- The dashed line would be the strut rod, the ( and ) are the washers with concaves facing in towards each other, the O's are the bushings, and the I is the frame. Hope this makes sense. The concave of the washers face in towards the bushings.
Wish I had a freakin digital camera! Hope this helps.
Thanks. That was a nice diagram. But the problem is, I seem to have an "extra" washer, which by the way things stack up, has to go between the bushing and the frame. The problem is, I do not know which side. I called Canadian Mustang, and the guy said he'd seen it done both ways, which did not give me a warm fuzzy feeling. Does yours not have this "extra" washer? Maybe a better way to describe it is flange...it's flat with a turned up edge. Thanks.
i installed "big kit" and found Can Must very helpfull and responsive to e-mail installation questions. you will probably get faster responses here on VMF but use them as a backup - it usually takes 1 working day to get response. to add to first response which is clear to me make like your bushings are books and you are putting them in bookstands which are your washers.
on my '68 coupe there is the following from front of strut.
front washer (cup to rear)
strut rod goes thru frame that has welded washer like things with edges on front and backside of frame piece
backside has ring that looks like washer with 1/2 in. raised edges that back bushing sits in - do ;not remember if this was separate or attached to bushing.
then back bushing
then back washer
sthen back nut
probably confused you more than ever. IMHO that washer like thing is a seat-like to keep busting from tearing up on frame hole
No, that's not confusing. The washer with the 1/2" raised edge is what I was wondering about. How did you know it went on the back side? The guy at CM said the front side. Did your kit come with directions?
I think I know the washer you refer to. I was also miffed when I found them. I bet you've got 4 of them don't cha. And they're about silver dollar sized and out of fairly thin metal with a raised lip and hole. Well, to give credit where credit is due, here's the response that "SuperCJ" wrote to answer my question,,
"The washers"metal caps" are for the lower arm. They are placed against the arm one on top one on bottom of the hole for the stabilizer bar bushing,cupped side out. They are seats for the bushings."
He went on to say in another post that many of the original lower arms had pressed in cups for the sway bar bushings and the repo arms don't. So Canadian sends these to put on.
Thanks for posting that! I wondered what was up with their lower control arms not having the bushing flanges. I ended up using old sway bar metal cups on their for this purpose, but now that I read your post Torquewrench, I'll put those extra silver things where they belong.
no instructions - i looked at it and thought that when you hit a bump the wheel will be driven backwards pushing forward on the bushing and with cupped flat washer will push rear bushing into frame and not tear up bushing with frame hole. will e-mail CM and ask them and get back to you - it usually takes them a day. i'll send you PM. i have Osbornes and shop manual for my '68 and they show sleeves that look like 2 or 3 inches at each end with nothing between front and back bushings.