1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham

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Out with the 2.75"-bore Wildwood calipers; driver front is "semi-seized", front passenger, even closer to being 100% seized. Second time on my car these calipers show this type of failure. Furthermore, they were loose and were making thumping noise until I decided to shim the caliper bodies in their sadle...

Ordered a new pair of 2.75" Afco calipers, but they look backordered.
 
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Before I could do any work on the front calipers, I sent the car for part 1/2 front end rebuild.

I got a kit of lower & upper A arms BMR Suspension AA030H, new sway bar link & bushing. Installed at a local shop (I have a coil spring phobia so not touching this king of job anymore), drove the car a bit, what a diiiffffeeerrrence.

Part 2/2 will be full steering linkage rebuild & new alignment: inner/outer tie rods, center link, idler arm, adjuster sleeves. All Moog, hopefully will get the parts SOON before winter storage comes along.
 
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I finally received the last missing link for the front steering... all Moog...

Due for some alignment, very visible...!!

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The alignment & steering link overhaul is coming up in a couple of weeks. Will be wonderfull to steer the car with 100% new joints and rubber parts!

In the meantime, I got the shift linkage accuracy much improved; I was still able to shift the new 200-4R transmission with the old 200C shift linkage, but it was pretty lame.

I got used to it over time, but when I sent the car to the garage for front suspension work, the guy said... "What the hell happened to your shifter..?"

so there. fixed : Thread 'shift linkage & transmission swap' https://gbodyforum.com/threads/shift-linkage-transmission-swap.85374/


So, A good reminder for me - having someone else drive your car once in a while makes you remember what needs to be tweaked :)
 

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Added bonus: fixing the shift linkage fixed the backup lights... ;)

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New links, bushings, ball joints - everything front suspension is new, except coil, shock and sway bar, which are still recent Buick GN specs.

So, in short, with the already updated quick ratio steering box & jeep steering shaft, the car drives like new.

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This thing called "winter" comes with "winter storage"... so long, Cutlass! See you in 2023.

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