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Suspension & Drivetrain


mambosasa

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The project has definitely taken a turn now. Things are actually going back on the car instead of being taken off.

 

Next job - the rebuilding of the suspension and installation of the drive shafts.

Wishbones

 

The far side side wishbone had to be removed and sent back to Stark for modifications to enable it to fit and not clash with the new engine.

 

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Once the wishbones where off the car, it was interesting to note that the ball joints were completely knackered. In fact, I couldn't believe how bad they were.

 

These had to go!

 

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Once removed, I then used several coats of rust remover, wire brushing and cleaning off with hot soapy water to remove the majority of the rust. This was time consuming and you will need to take your time and be patient.

 

Rust remover applied...

 

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I then took the opportunity to clean off the hubs. Very little rust or pitting on these, but just needed a good clean removing all the dirt and dried on oil/ grease.

 

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Once dried, I took the decision to paint them with POR15 instead of powder coating. I guess the decision will be down to individual preference as the cost difference is actually not that big. As for me, it was just another task to do.

 

Man at work :(

 

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I then left them over night to dry...

 

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Lovely! :D

 

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Then it was a matter of removing the rest of the old ball joints and installing the new. This is pretty straight forward job if you use the remover tool

 

Thanks to Dave (Ladders) and Neil for lending me the tool and getting it to me. Really appreciated.

 

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Not a bad job at all...

 

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