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Panhard Rods

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John Bourke
A view of the panhard rod and body bracket prior to installation

John Bourke

A close up of the body bracket for the panhard rod and the eye of the rod (front wishbone eye welded to cds tube with a steel wrap to develop full strength.)

John Bourke

Shows the axle after the panhard rod pin had been welded on.

John Bourke

A view looking forward under the LH rear spring - NB the specially made rear shackles to clear the chassis rails-the panhard rod body bracket and special lower shock bracket in the background.

John Bourke

A general view of the rear suspension

John Bourke

Curtis Jacobson
Fitting a panhard rod to the rear suspension of my MGBGT has made a tremendous improvement in cornering. It prevents lateral movement of the axle better than the leaf spring mounting can. The first photo shows some of the freshly fabricated parts.

Curtis Jacobson

The second photo shows the same bits installed.

The rod has oppositely threaded hex-stock ends to facilitate easy length adjustment. I had fun making a few turned, clearance/spacer bushings that are shown inserted into the spherical bearing sections.

Looking at the body-mounted bracket, you can see that I provided for possible future suspension changes that might change the ride height and thus the mounting height of the bar. The bar sits parallel with the road and as low as feasible when the car is on the ground and loaded.

The other fabricated part is a backing plate that fits inside the luggage area. The big hole in it lets it dodge an embossment in the floor of the luggage area. The rear axle, in case you're curious, is a narrowed Ford 8.8 unit.

Curtis Jacobson

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