So embarked on a little mission creep yesterday. Have been meaning to do the trailing arm bushings for some months. I've done them on a couple other cars in the last year, and it makes a giant difference to smoothness, ride, and handling. I've had this car 20 years, I've never had them off, I'd guess they've never been done. Got them out in an hour yesterday. They're not the worst I've ever seen, but worth doing.
Was cleaning the rear axle (orig 4.56) and whatnot, and got to thinking and thinking. If I ever had a reason to change it, I'd go for a 4.10. I do more freeway driving than I used to. The more I considered, the more it seemed now was the time, even though this one is fine. I can do straps, center T arm bushings, the works at the same time, and won't have to do axle seals on the 4.56, which it needs. I have a credit with APE, so Larry Jr is happy to prep a Bosch axle for me to go in. So that's in progress, and this will sit now standing on its nose til the new axle arrives.
Also, it's hard to see, but the LR wheel, the center area around the lug nuts is all wonky and bent, and the lugnuts were all loose. I am sensitive to getting the rear wheels on right, not bending the center hole, and for the life of me I couldn't figure out what happened here. Til I thought about what use I'd recently put the car to; Randy Pobst drifting it at Thunderhill. That's all I can figure. I have never seen the bolt circle bend on these wheels, ever, but Randy gave the car a harder workout than it's ever had in my driving. Right rear is fine, fronts are fine. So I think the cost of my Motor Trend day is one 1750 wheel. Fair enough.