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Old September 11th, 2011, 03:15 PM
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Is this a factory suspension part on the 1964 Police Car package? Cub Stabilizer?

Hey all
Once again I found a project car that needed a home and raided my savings account. This time it's a 1964 Cutlass Convertible. I'll be creating a thread showing pictures of the car later tonight. But with it came several boxes of parts, including some early 1970's Olds parts. The guy I purchased it all from had this big brass colored cylinder that he had been told was part of the police suspension package in 1964. It has a Cub Sabilizer decal on it, plus and Oldsmobile decal. Anybody know the background on this part? John

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Old September 11th, 2011, 03:58 PM
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Interesting, I have no idea but was wondering what it would stabilize and how it would be installed.
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Old September 11th, 2011, 06:15 PM
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Come on... I guess it take an engineer to notice what it does just by looking at the pictures. It prevents your baby bear cub from slipping and busting his a$$.

It looks similar to the stabilizer support to a Piper SuperCub aircraft. It is at the tail section.
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Old September 11th, 2011, 06:20 PM
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Looks like a flux capacitor to me. Pretty big one, too.

You never find those things these days.

Nice car, John!

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Old September 11th, 2011, 07:06 PM
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"A" body equivalent of the Camaro vert ballast weights that bolt into the rear corners of the trunk?
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Old September 11th, 2011, 07:12 PM
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Well... whatever it is its full of something! It weighs 78 pounds, and when I thump the side of the tube it sounds like springs or rods or a combination of the two.

Thanks for the lead Rob, I guess someone could have put the Olds sticker on it somewhere along the way. The previous owner was told it had some way of reducing the force of body roll. I'll do some google work on the aircraft application idea.

I didn't need another project, but this one looked too cool to pass up Eric. I've got pictures uploaded to:

http://s90.photobucket.com/albums/k2...20Convertible/

I'm trying to get a few more things done outside before dark and will try to create a post giving details on this car tonight or after work in the next couple days. John
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Whats inside , whats inside ????????????????????????
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Old September 12th, 2011, 06:49 AM
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It's not a factory part. Someone simply stuck the GM sticker on it. It appears to be a spring-damper that was added as an aftermarket thing.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 07:43 AM
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Be careful with that, I saw a similar item back in the 70's and it was full of mercury.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by 2blu442 View Post
I didn't need another project, but this one looked too cool to pass up
Wow, John, nice find! I wouldn't have passed it up either!

Funny, my first Cutlass, a '70 convert., came from Chico.

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Old September 12th, 2011, 09:14 AM
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I think i've heard of those before...
I was at a carshow and this old guy was lamenting he couldn't find any of the rear anti-sway "tubes" they had back in the day, I told him, there were all kind of sway BARS available, and he said no- specifically it was a big *** tube they would bolt into the rear of their cars and it has some sort of offset mechanism that helped to keep the car stead when cornering.

No idea for sure... but that thing appears to be exactly what that guy was telling me.

Are there holes in the trunk floor matching its mounting points?
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Old September 12th, 2011, 08:24 PM
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Mercury... that would make sense with as heavy as it is. Why couldn't it be gold BB's instead

Ben, I don't think this piece was on the car, it came with several boxes of odds and ends stuffed into the car. It appears the cars been through two owers before me without any work being done to it. Everything happened by the owner before that. The two guys I know about both planned to resto-rod the car. But life happens and priorities change, so now I'm providing a home for it. If I can only hold out to retirement.... no way I'll be sitting in a rocking chair being bored!!! John
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Old September 13th, 2011, 03:36 AM
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If I can only hold out to retirement.... no way I'll be sitting in a rocking chair being bored!!! John
My father retired at 52 after about 35 years of work - the one thing he always says is, "How did I ever have time to go to work?"

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If it were filled with mercury, you wouldn't be able to lift it. I would weigh more like 378 pounds! check out this chart ... http://www.simetric.co.uk/si_metals.htm
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Years ago I traded in a car that had one of those bolted to the inside of the trunk. The customer told me it was designed to keep the car "straight" in the event of a swerve or severe body roll as in a corner--not a roll-over. At the time, I thought the guy was pulling my leg, but it turns out he was not. I have never seen another one until now. I have no idea if they actually work or not; maybe on old-timer might recognize it and chime in.
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