Opel Rekord B/C

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Johann66
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Opel Rekord B/C

Post by Johann66 » Thu 06 Sep 2018, 09:44

Ball Joint Lower control arm. Urgently need new or good condition part. Two will be a bonus! Can be contacted at 0823359146 cel: Here is a pic that shows the damaged ball joint that has been filled with Smooth Cast 65D from AMT Composites. No play and still movable.
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Re: Opel Rekord B/C

Post by kavesh » Thu 06 Sep 2018, 09:46

Hi Johann

Looks very similar to the Elcamino balljoint.

Have you checked with Wayne Mckenzie?

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Re: Opel Rekord B/C

Post by Johann66 » Thu 06 Sep 2018, 11:42

I will keep him in mind! Having the re-conditioned ball joint fitted for the time being! Very tight fit still movable! :o
The recon ball Joint is working well and control is much better!
The El Camino is very similar but larger! Would have been no problem!

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Re: Opel Rekord B/C

Post by Johann66 » Fri 14 Sep 2018, 20:48

Attached is a technical drawing of the required ball joint, I need two. Please let me know if you can assist. I can import but the cost is huge!
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Re: Opel Rekord B/C

Post by Johann66 » Thu 20 Sep 2018, 10:54

The Commodore/Rekord ball joint fits! Shaft is 31mm too long. All it requires is a spacer! The costly option is to machine it down! Made my own spacers! Paid R240 for two new ball joints! Very happy man!
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Re: Opel Rekord B/C

Post by ZA Perana » Thu 20 Sep 2018, 20:35

Interesting because it shows the degree of commonality on cars that are separate by over a decade....
Alfa GTV 3.0
Ford Capri Perana V8
Chevy Lumina Supercharged

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Re: Opel Rekord B/C

Post by Johann66 » Fri 21 Sep 2018, 10:06

I checked the ball joint yesterday and found that I will have to shorten the rod! Not enough free space. I will go look for an engineering firm to do the machining for me! I have some friends in the business! The rest of the ball joint is exactly to the original specs!! :D

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Re: Opel Rekord B/C

Post by Johann66 » Fri 21 Sep 2018, 20:13

Here is a pic showing what needs to be done!!
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Re: Opel Rekord B/C

Post by Johann66 » Mon 24 Sep 2018, 20:00

Is there nobody that is capable of doing the machining?
The tensile strength of the shaft; is it machinable?
What is required is:
Reduce upper taper from 16mm to 14mm
Machine 12mm x 1.5 thread or 14mm x 1.5 thread!
I have cast the inner of the ball joint but is wary of strength!

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