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3 minutes ago, jonathanrussell said:

I don't know if this qualifies since I paid someone to produce it. It is a mustache bar bushing press tool. When used in a press, it folds the metal bushing sleeve tight at the original angle. 

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You're the brains behind it so you for sure qualify. :beer:

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3 hours ago, jonathanrussell said:

I don't know if this qualifies since I paid someone to produce it. It is a mustache bar bushing press tool. When used in a press, it folds the metal bushing sleeve tight at the original angle.

That is a great tool, back when you could get a hold of those bushings I had to cut the top lip into petals and fold them down in order to secure the bushing.

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56 minutes ago, Namerow said:

Are the Nissan OE bushings NLA?

Yes, they have been NLA for a couple of years now.

You would think a substitute could be found if a bushing mfg catalog could be looked over. We still use this kind of bushing in all kinds of modern applications.

I tried at one point but I don't have proper Hoover skills!

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1 hour ago, grannyknot said:

I have one NOS mustache bar bushing on the self and hoping to find another one of these days.

I wonder how hard it would be to make a 3D printed mold and then match the durometer for pouring replacement bushings?

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4 hours ago, grannyknot said:

I have one NOS mustache bar bushing on the self and hoping to find another one of these days.

So you could take detailed measurements for looking for a source?

3 hours ago, Jeff G 78 said:

I wonder how hard it would be to make a 3D printed mold and then match the durometer for pouring replacement bushings?

I have thought of this too. the washers would be another reburb thing that would be really nice to have

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2 minutes ago, Patcon said:

So you could take detailed measurements for looking for a source?

I have thought of this too. the washers would be another reburb thing that would be really nice to have

The NOS part could be scanned, so wouldn't even need to measure.  Same goes for the washers I'd imagine.  Make a mold and encase the cleaned original washers with rubber to make the nubs.

Note that I know very little about home 3D printing, but from what I have seen, it should work.

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20 hours ago, Patcon said:

You would think a substitute could be found if a bushing mfg catalog could be looked over. We still use this kind of bushing in all kinds of modern applications.

Were straying way off topic here but finding a bushing that is already in production that fits is probably the all around best solution.

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