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    Posted: Oct/11/2021 at 11:15am
Hi!
Would anybody be able to get the overall length of the rear panhard / sway bar on a 1965 or 1966 Marlin or Ambassador?
At some point in its life, the previous owner hit something and bent that bar, I would like to get the length from the center of both bushings to weld in a new bar. With the bend in the bar, the rear end pulls side to side when going over large bumps in the road.
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The original bar is perfectly straight. Just measure yours. Or see this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4ZVVIFkhTc
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Thanks for that link, that'll help alot!

The thing about mine is that it is not straight, there is a significant bend / dent in the middle of the bar from some kind of an impact. I'll post some pictures after I pull it off.

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One of the vendors. Sells a brand new panhard rod. I think it was APD but I don't quite remember.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tomj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/14/2021 at 1:08am
Even bent, you should be able to follow the "outside" of the bend with a tape measure and get center to center length.

Or pound it "straight" and measure. It probably won't be usable, but if you hammer out pinch-flats etc you'll get very very close.

But yeah someone shoudl be able to get you a length.

It would not be a hard thing to fabricate. Just a tube with eyes.

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Probably bent where someone tied a strap around it for towing or tying down. Or maybe from pulling the rear end back to take the torque tube off instead of dropping the rear axle. That was the procedure on a 50s Chevy TT setup, but they used leaf springs.
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With the car sitting at ride height, measure the distance between the mounting holes (or studs) on the rear end and the frame mount. This would apply to any car. If the springs have sagged (or the car has been raised) a stock length bar may no longer be appropriate. You can buy pre-made bars with adjustable ends from companies like AFCO (check speedwaymotors.com) they are not that expensive.
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Thanks for the input guys!
I've already ordered the adjustable bar from the video link in a previous post, it'll need a little bit of modification but should bolt right up.
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