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Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Got the sway bar done
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: December 22, 2014 05:09PM

I took Jim B's advise and made up some tooling for my 20 ton HF press. The ram piece is a 3" diameter steel bar with a V groove turned into it and then cut in half. I welded a piece of 1 3/4" x 1/8" wall tube to it so it would fit over the 1 1/2" diameter ram on the press. The lower rollers are 1 1/2" aluminum bar with V grooves riding on 3/4" grade 8 bolts.

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I practiced on an old 1" diameter sway bar that I had to see where the bends actually came out in relation to the marks I made on the bar so that I would end up with the proper amount of straight section between the mounting blocks.

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To get the small reverse section at the end of the bar I had to tilt the press so the other end of the bar wouldn't hit the ground. A 4x4 and a 2x4 did the trick.

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Here is the finished bar. It is 7/8" 1144 stressproof steel. It was easier to bend than I thought it would be.

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Now I have to make the links to connect it to the lower A arms.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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10/23/2007 12:59PM

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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Got the sway bar done
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: December 22, 2014 07:22PM

There are a number of ways to do that. About 3 decades back Dan B and I heated the ends of one in a coal forge, flattened them with a hammer on an anvil, and punched holes through the ends with a tapered punch. That bar is still on Dan's car today unless I'm mistaken. Obviously you could also attach threaded (female) rod ends either by cutting threads on the bar or by brazing, welding, etc.

Jim


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Got the sway bar done
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: December 22, 2014 07:38PM

I have a piece of tubing that is a slip fit over the bar. I'm going to slit it and weld on some smaller pieces of tubing to make a clamp. I'll then weld on some tabs for a heim joint. I'll probably use the stock poly bushings on the A arm end.


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Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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Registered:
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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Got the sway bar done
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: December 23, 2014 09:43AM

An adjustable clamp I'm guessing, so you can vary the length of the arm? Excellent idea.

Jim


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
(718 posts)

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Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Got the sway bar done
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: January 07, 2015 05:38PM

Here is what the links look like

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