Does anyone know who makes (or used to make) a steel "insert" that could be welded into the 88 cradle in a spot that was notorious for cracking? I used to have this piece but unfortunately sold it with my stash of parts, and now am regretting it. Can't find the original link.
I have a complete set of them that has not been installed on one of my 88s as of this date. I will look in my parts supply and see if I can tell who I purchased them from. I think that they were designed to be either welded or bolted into the proper locations.
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Don't forget to make sure that you have a large pair of beefy washers as well.
This thread prompted me to have a look underneath my (84-87) Fiero, where I discovered that I had installed inadequate transmission mount washers. The washers were too small, so it looked like the transmission mount nuts could potentially tear through the holes in the cradle.
From my collection of automotive treasures (or rather, junk), I found some suitable washers. After some wire wheeling, I installed them on my Fiero.
The correct washer is at least as important as the doubler; the doubler is limited in that it has large slotted holes to allow for assembly tolerances.
Only washers can have a hole that fits closely to the stud.
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I finally located my box with the 88 cradle reinforcement bracket and have an address for the person who supplied me with them. This bracket has been in storage for about 7 years and I now see a small amount of surface rust on it. IIRC, you could either weld or bolt this reinforcement on. The shipper name/address is as follows but I cannot guarantee whether he is still in business or has any more stock.
Carl Clevenger 3748 Los Santos Drive Cameron Park, CA 95682
Hi Everyone, I will be re-producing a variation this bracket shortly. If you have any interest what-so-ever send me a PM. I have a close friend who has been making custom machined products like this for over 15+ years and has the facilities to make them. We will do a good job. I will start with a small batch and make them available shortly. ETA for production at the latest will be within 2 weeks. Again, send me a PM if you want one.
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When I had your cradle here, I welded the piece in place. However, before I did that, I made a CAD drawing of it. I think I also made a drawing of the bends as well. I'll take a look. Send me a message or text.
If someone else is going to make them, then I won't bother since I have a lot of other things to do with my spare time... so let's wait and see. I do have access to lots of machine tools, so it would not be an issue to make.