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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / eBay ... bad deal :(

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Nov 30th, 2017 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sooo ... I need to replace a lower control arm on my work van. I need to add that this van is just about ready to go to the crusher. It's a real piece of crap at this point.

Anyway with that in mind I find one on eBay and order it. $60.00 was cheap enough for me and a half decent 20 year old used piece will be fine.

Well Big Brown showed up about half an hour ago. I open the box, pull it out and take a look. After the initial excitement had waned I realize something is askew.

I had expected the usual corrosion and signs of 20 years of use ... but?

This is the best PIC of the problem



P/S lower control arm ... the skirt is crushed in :(

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Nov 30th, 2017 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Looks usable to me.




BlondeStrat
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Nov 30th, 2017 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I contacted the Seller with my concerns and five PICs to show the problem.

We shall see how this turns out ;)

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Nov 30th, 2017 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Looks usable to me."

For my purpose I tend to maybe agree. I might be able to pound it out a bit ... the flange shapes and flare are part of the strength of the piece.

My van can have as much as 250 gallons (@ 8 pounds) of water and then all my equipment in it ... it can be heavy.

I was not expecting significant structural deformation that was not mentioned in the listing. Had it been mentioned I would have kept shopping.

(This message was last edited by BlondeStrat at 07:13 PM, Nov 30th, 2017)

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Nov 30th, 2017 06:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

I only saw one pic of it and from that view it looks fine.



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Nov 30th, 2017 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I certainly would not call it "fine" in it's current shape.

These heavy gauge stamped steel parts get their strength from the shape they are stamped into.

If useable it will need to be returned to something close to it's previous shape.

That 90 degree flange around the edge is a pretty big contributor to the strength of the piece and it is virtually gone/flattened in the crushed area.

I might be able to drive a wedge into the crush to spread it back out to shape and then re-form the flange. I suppose I could weld a gusset in to provide some new strength.

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Nov 30th, 2017 06:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

The pic you posted does not show much damage.

Not very hard to strengthen it.

What is wrong with your current part.

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Nov 30th, 2017 07:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

The area where the bushing connects to the frame is fatiguing. Bushing is shot. The steel is literally beginning to crack and break.

The good part is this bent one looks strong in that regard.

I have a plan (mentioned above) on how to reshape the thing and as you say, not too hard to strengthen it. Add a gusset in the newly re-formed gap or even box it in.

Doesn't need to be pretty, but with the weight I can sometimes carry I don't want to have concerns with it once it's an the van.

With the metal fatigue and separation starting I can't really install a new bushing in the existing arm. :(

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