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I have seen a few requests for pics of the '73 and up LCA's with sway bars including myself. Now that I have a pair here is what they look like. I cleaned up the factory welds and while the welding machine was out, boxed in the LCA's with 2" x .125". If you would like to modify your LCA's with sway bar tabs let me know and I can measure everything out. A piece of angle would do the trick.  We're here to help each other. Jim lusk sold me these fine examples.  ;D







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Its funny you should post these Tom. Thats actually tonight's project at my house. Is boxing them in more for handling, or strength for slamming it down the 1/4, or both?
 

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mopowers said:
Its funny you should post these Tom.  Thats actually tonight's project at my house.  Is boxing them in more for handling, or strength for slamming it down the 1/4, or both?
Post pics when you are done. Are you doing them the same?

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mopowers said:
Its funny you should post these Tom.  Thats actually tonight's project at my house.  Is boxing them in more for handling, or strength for slamming it down the 1/4, or both?
Post pics when you are done. Are you doing them the same?

Tom
I planned on doing them the exact same way. I won't put any sway bar mounts on it though. If they turn out okay I might post pics. But man Tom, you make it hard to be proud of any of my welds. I might just grind them down smooth so you'll never see how ugly they were. :)
 

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Those look a whole lot nicer than when they left here, but I had to leave something for Tom to do (I removed the bushings to fit the box I had).
Jim: Thanks a bunch for removing the bushings. That is a pain in the ass. I was using an air chisel with somewhat success until you told me about welding onto the sleeve. doh Nothing a bead blaster can't handle for the rust. You gave me a hell of a deal and I say thankyou again. I have a 5000 psi electric / hydraulic press for the new bushings.

I will start mocking up the front end pieces with the 1 1/8" front sway bar this weekend and give pics. If any you are near Tacoma and need something welded and your thirst is parched stop on by.

Tom

Mopowers: I heard you did some work on your K member. Do you have any pics? I boxed the LCA's for cornering stability and I had the itch to weld something today.
 

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they look great, u da man! is that tig?
 

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Alright Tom, no laughing!!  Now keep in mind I got my first welder about 5 months ago.  I'd never touched a welder before that.  I just boxed them in and welded the sides of the bump stop mount thingy.  I hung them up afterwords for easy painting.  I'm still trying to decide if I should do any boxing in on my K frame.  Its a little different on my early A than yours.  I'm just not sure if it would do anything for me but add weight.  what do you think Tom?



 

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No mark I used the mig. I did buy a "new to me" Lincoln 250 for tigging my roll bar. I am out of shielding gas. doh Also if I was to tig the reinforcement of tne LCA's, the welds would look almost concave as not much filler metal would be needed. Also, how can I be the man if you're the man.

Mopars I promise I won't laugh but the pics aren't there. I'm going out to hang the suspension.

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mopowers said:
Alright Tom, no laughing!!  Now keep in mind I got my first welder about 5 months ago.  I'd never touched a welder before that.  I just boxed them in and welded the sides of the bump stop mount thingy.  I hung them up afterwords for easy painting.  I'm still trying to decide if I should do any boxing in on my K frame.  Its a little different on my early A than yours.  I'm just not sure if it would do anything for me but add weight.  what do you think Tom?

They look good. The only thing I see, is the hole big enough to get a 3/4" socket in to it to adjust the torsion bars?
 

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Yeah, I realized that this morning. I "adjusted" the hole to allow for that this morning. They're all painted and ready to run now. As for the rest of the car...
 

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Those look good. Nice and beefy. Yes my holes will take the 3/4" socket with room for the bolts to pivot. I am not going to get to the front end assembly this weekend. I have decided to massage the shock tower sheet metal on the passenger side for more room.

Tom
 
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