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Hot Rods Hallelujah - I found that dammed rattle

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Jun 26, 2020.

  1. I have been living with a rattle under the old sedan for a while and have checked all the obvious things like shocks, exhaust clamp and hangers but yesterday I stopped but my pal Earls garage and was determined to locate the rattle, since he has a lift that picks the car up on 4 points on the flame the suspension hangs loose, laying on my back at home had not yielded any results.

    I built this car more than 30 years ago and at that time I installed a parallel 4 bar on the rear, lo and behold 2 of the rubber bushings on the top of the drivers side bar are completely gone, nothing but the metal sleeve that was on the inside of the rubber bushing remains, so basically when I hit even a minor bump in the road there was a rattle.

    I used a piece of heater hose for the time being to use as bushings, not a exact fit but , driving home there was no rattles.

    I got in touch with TCI and they said they haven't used the rubber bushings since the late 80's so I am going to replace them all with greasable urethane bushings, maybe they will last me another 30 years. HRP
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2020
  2. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 7,368


    Now, you'll just have to listen to the voices in your head-and your wife . :)
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  3. If I listened to the voices in my head, well suffice to say I would be locked up somewhere. :rolleyes: HRP
  4. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 2,523


    The voices in my head "are my wife"! Least that's what she tells me! Joe
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  5. But what I want to know is did you have to use spell check to spell hallelujah correctly??;)
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  6. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,092

    Atwater Mike

    Good thinking 'hanging' the suspension, Danny. Under tension you can hardly pry them away from the brackets to check them. (I found some loose ones at my friend's muffler shop, on his drive-on lift)
    Hanging the axles opens up any and all inspection points. Kudos.
    (My '55 F100 has a noisy rattle under the right rear I'm gonna find when the 103* weather cools off...I'm raising it 36" to change the front axle, rear leaf springs, remove 350 T.H. for a reseal, rewire truck complete, redo the exhaust system and renovate & re-floor the bed.
    Might just find that damned rattle!)
  7. Don, No I just look dumb, what tends to trip me up is those simple words and 99% of the time I'm typing too fast. HRP
  8. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
    Posts: 578

    3W JOHN

    I remember us trying to see if anything was loose on top of the mountain on the deuce run last year.
    good you got it figured out.
  9. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
    Posts: 578

    3W JOHN

    I'm not good at spelling, i don;t know if he's right or wrong.
  10. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 24,935

    Jalopy Joker

    good that you found where the rattle was coming from - some can be a real pain 20200626_161649.jpg
  11. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,123

    from Alabama

    You may want to consider good quality rubber. There has to be something out there.
    You may be trading a rattle for a squeak. My dad went urethane when he replaced the bushings on his truck.

    It sounds like a bed in a cheap motel.
  12. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 947


    Doh! I thought you had a heartbroken grandchild who dropped their rattle in your car and then couldn't find it after you took them for a ride. Silly me!

  13. John, I crawled under that car several times trying to find the problem since that day, I know you and I both tried shaking the bars but with the weight off the suspension it was easy to find the problem. HRP
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  14. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 3,466


    Funny how a little cotton in the ears stop the rattles;)
  15. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 875

    from landis n c

    Bless your hart!! I had the same problem several years ago on my coupe. I found the problem by being able to move the car body left and right. My car has Pete&Jakes suspension so I used their poly bushings and it works like a charm. I did discover that using poly bushings requires some lube. I used marine type Mercury brand anti-corrosion grease. It's salt water tough and looks like peanutbutter coming out of the tube($8.00)..Get it @ a boat store.I did this several years ago and no squeeks……...
  16. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,893

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    They are likely same ones i have in my 4bar rear,the replace ones i've had seem to not last as long as the first set. The newer ones have been some type of plastic crap. I love too find better bushing that don't crumbule away. Could be I do need to add real tie rod ends.
  17. bigboy308
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 139

    from Merlin, OR

    I thought you might have found that reclusive 9/16" socket that is always missing!!
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  18. AldeanFan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2014
    Posts: 552


    Its always a great feeling when you find a mystery noise!

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  19. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,296

    from texas

    Had TCI on my old coupe. Had to replace the fronts once but never had to do the rear.
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  20. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,744


    Southern folks know how to spell it from birth
  21. Your biggest problem is your mufflers are too quiet. You shouldn't be able to hear a rattle.
  22. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 3,928


    Voices! Happens to me all the time only without the rattles.

  23. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,445

    from oregon

    Danny, for your listening pleasure, you earned it.

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  24. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 920


    I love when you finally find it!! I hate rattles too...
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  25. Gizzy
    Joined: Jan 20, 2008
    Posts: 672

    from N.W,Ohio

    I feel ya...I've been chasing a squeak in my front end for a couple years now
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  26. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,944


    Spent a full day looking for a rattle in the front of a customer's car years ago, checked every suspension bushing, bumper bracket bolt and everything else as he swore the rattle was in the "front" of the car.
    He came and got the car and came right back and said it still rattled. Went for a test drive and he pointed to the defroster duct and said "see right there it rattles in the front" Cost him 200 bucks to have a #2 pencil removed from the defroster duct because the shop charged him for the time he caused me to use by not giving a good description of the problem.
    Best one was a guy who complained about a clunk the rear after I had worked on the front end. I popped off and said it was probably his wife's bowling ball in the trunk. Went for a test drive and on every turn there was a clunk opposite of the turn in the trunk. Rolled back in the shop, opened the trunk in front of the service manager, service writer and co owner of the dealership and sure enough, there was a bowling ball rolling around in the trunk.
  27. I used to be a good speller, but as I get older, I rely on spell check, my grammar gene died I think. Even this post had to have corrections.
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  28. hudson48
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
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  29. spanners
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 906


    I've found urethane bushes tend to squeak if installers don't use the grease that is supplied with them and the mounting bolts are tightened while there's no load on the suspension.
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  30. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,871


    I am curious, - don’t you have regular checks to ensure your vehicles are road worthy.
    Here, we have 6 monthly checks, by a qualified mechanic/tester, which would pick up such problems early. Called a ‘warrant of fitness‘.
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