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Purple Martin
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:42 am    Post subject: any special tools to replace front beam? Reply with quote

Do I need any special tools to replace a king-pin front beam?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe a puller to pop the tie-rod ends.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bring this back everytime someone asks about front beam R&R...
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Homemade copy of the VW fixture, easy and cheap to make from a few plumbing parts. Makes it a simple, safe, one man operation.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gotta make one of them. I pulled my front beam out last night as ever since I fitted adjusters I had a bad front end squeak. Turned out I had forgotten the rubber pads on the top of the beam where it bolts to the body. The only way to fit them is to take the beam out again... I used the wrestling technique to get it back in but that would have made it a heap easier.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me too Laughing The beam is the last remaining area for resto on my car and I keep putting it off as it's so damn awkward to manipulate. Project for next weekend methinks.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

61SNRF wrote:
I bring this back everytime someone asks about front beam R&R...
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Homemade copy of the VW fixture, easy and cheap to make from a few plumbing parts. Makes it a simple, safe, one man operation.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, and thanks for the idea 61SNRF!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put some words with the picture (EDIT: The pipes and fittings are 3/4", not 1/2" as shown. Too much work to undo, sorry Embarassed )...
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You may have to adapt the base depending on what type floor jack you have. If necessary, you can bolt a plumbing "floor plate" to your base and work up from there. You want it solid and strong, the beam probably weighs over 200 lbs drum to drum. You can also use Red Locktite on the fittings. Be sure to use some way to lock them together. Even though I got them as tight as I could get them initially, they still came loose with a beam on there=not fun!
Not sure of the type of plumbing pipes and fittings available in NZ. Here in the US it is sold as galvanized water pipe. Makes it simple because all the pipes and fittings just bolt together with no welding. Total cost was under $25.
If you can weld, substitute any sturdy steel stock and it will do the same thing.
Once built, it also serves well as a stand to clean, paint or work on the beam.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good job thanks. Yep pretty much the same stuff just metric Smile . Like the VW 'branded' floor jack.
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