Re: Rubber mounts between body and frame
I Feel Sick... remember when I said something about breaking the glass first time I hit a bump? Well didnt make it that far- went out tonight with my son, he says 'dad- why is there rain on the back window?'. I looked over at the car and said 'I dont knoooOH SHIT...'
Apparently a improperly shimmed body, or mismatched mounts, and temperature changes, or all of the above can explode a window- I'll put a pic on the cars webpage tonight. It actually did look kinda like it had rained on it... warmed up a lot this afternoon, must not have happened long before we went out as you could still hear it crackling as we looked at it.
Now Ive got a dilemma...to replace the mounts the safe way, gotta pull the doors/steering/parking brake, etc, etc, haul them back to brother in laws, bring hydraulic lifts/body cradle back, etc, etc-basically undo the past couple weeks work
remove the inner column mount, loosen front mounts, remove rear mounts, rear bumper, and try to lift just the rear end up (how?) the inch or so needed to pull the two original soft mounts out. Worst case I'd lift it wrong, kink the roof, break the windshield, and call the junkyard to come get it(this was my original worry, and why I made full length rocker lifting cradles to begin with).
I'm guessing that although I was pretty careful to shim the mounts for even pressure, using the softer mounts above the axle was a huge mistake- tightening these bolts probably just crushed the soft rubber, binding the body on the harder urethane pads a couple feet ahead and behind these...As I had lifted the body at least 30 times, welded, pounded, etc without incident, and am pretty confident all the mounts/pads were shimmed OK, dont know what else could have done it. Body bolts had only been torqued for a week or two...thing that really pisses me off, I was thinking about removing the rear window last night so I could replace some trim clips and start prepping roof for paint, but came in early and started watching TV...