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Closing The Gap

Replace those work-out rubber body mounts with high-strength urethane

One of the most time-consuming and aggravating jobs in any restoration project is getting all those once-perfect door, trunk, and hood gaps to line up as they should. Most times, we all seem to chalk up those large and/or uneven gaps to either just plain vehicle age or our own misalignment when reinstalling panels we've removed for one reason or another. Both excuses can, and do hold true, but the most common reason for this misalignment is the latter--age.

Let's face it, old age sucks. We're all facing it whether we want to think about it or not. Heck, gravity and wear and tear certainly takes its toll. How many of us are as physically tight, trim, and perfectly aligned as we were 20 or 30 years ago? Well, if all those years of getting up to change the channel (for all you youngsters out there, TV remotes weren't common until around the time of the Second-Gen Camaro), or grabbing another brew out of the fridge or cooler, or wandering down to the end of the driveway to get the mail--not to forget the earth's plain old gravitational pull--can do this to our bodies, think of what 20 or 30 years of pot holes, temperature extremes, burnouts, and stop-and-go driving have done to our classic Chevys. Those chewy old rubber body-mount cushions aren't up to the task any better than our own aging and softening bodies are. Fortunately, in just a few hours time, we can rectify our sagging cars and go a long way into bringing them back into shape--too bad whipping our own bodies back into shape wasn't a fraction as easy.

Energy Suspension offers fresh new body-mount kits (along with an expansive line of urethane suspension component kits) that are just the ticket for solving these dilemmas. In this example, we chose its PN 3-4142 body-mount package to revive an old Camaro project car that's been hanging around the Primedia Tech Center waiting for some much deserved attention. It's a really straightforward task, with its most difficult aspect breaking free those original (and almost always rusty and crusty) body-mount bolts. So, just like the instruction sheet from Energy Suspension says, spray the car's caged nuts generously with your favorite rust buster, and then get to work. l

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Energy Suspension
1131 Via Callejon
San Clemente
CA  92673
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