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Old 01-11-2002, 12:30 PM
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i have a 23 t bucket with a droped axel in front with what look like maybe 1960 chevy drums. i have made sure i don't have any worn king pins or loos t rod ends but man when i get up to about 65 mph this thing starts to hunt. it doesn't seem like i have any play in the wheel while sitting still but it does at 65 mph. any idea if what could be wrong? i have what looks like a corvair box in reverse, it's filled with grease and it all feels tight. when i first put it on the road we measured the front and the rear of the front tires to be sure it was toed in or out about 1/2" i think

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Old 01-11-2002, 01:03 PM
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If you don"t have panhard bars one on the front axle and one on the rear axle it will hunt. With a dropped axel and traverse leaf spring on the front you will have side to side axle movement which can give you bump steer. Also with out a panhard bar on the rear if you are using fourbars and coil overs you will have side to side movement of the rear axle, this will cause wandering. A paphard bar mounts to the axle and to the frame to stabilze the track of the axle. I got mine from the Duece Factory in Cal.
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I had a similar event a couple of years ago with a Model A. It used a Vega box and cross steering. The problem was with a loose pitman arm. Just a few thousandths of an inch at the arm equals a real handful of steering problems on the road. All that was needed was to torque down the pitman arm retaining nut.

Does your T have cross steering or side steer (the exposed sprint-car type on the drivers side)? Is the axle supported by a four bar, hairpins, split wishbone? The reason I ask is that if it is using side steer, you may have a bump-steer problem. The geometry of all these pieces needs to be correct. With side steer, the drag link will need to be about the same length and angle as the hairpins. Otherwise when the axle moves up and down, the car moves right and left.
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henery and lake

i do have the hairpin bars up front and my car does have side steering like a sprint car. i don't think i have any bump steer.

any other ideas??
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Old 01-12-2002, 06:20 AM
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You still don"t say if you have panhard bars or not. My Model A has side steering, Mustang box and I had that problem. Panhard bars from the Duece factory and a steering stabilizer from So-Cal solved the problem. Also on side steering your drag link has to be parelell to yor four bars or hair pins. The drag link should also be close to the same lenghth as the hair pins. Hope this helps. David Shands.......... Retired Master Mechanic
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YES I DO HAVE PANARD BARS BUT MY DRAG LINK HAS A BIG DROP IN IT TO MY PITMAN ARM. IT HAS TO BE A DIFFERENCE OF 8-12 INCHES IS THAT A PROBLEM? HOWVER IT IS PARR. TO THE PANARD BARS
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