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#31 pusb

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 07:45 PM

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Front subframe, wheels, and front suspension arms back from the shotblasters and painted in primer. Got all these parts blasted for only £50



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Posted 18 July 2018 - 06:02 PM

Got some new cones, interesting to see how flat my old ones are compared to the new ones

 

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 07:41 PM

Been building one of the hubs back up today. Got new ball joints fitted and new wheel bearings in place. Horrible messy job with all the grease needed!

 

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#34 pusb

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 08:19 PM

Can someone verify if the tension on the ball joints looks right? I've never done these before, and know its safety critical so anxious to get them right

 





#35 pusb

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 08:21 PM

Also, the wheel bearing didn't feel completely smooth when I rotated it once installed.

 

However that was joined with a noise that sounded like air bubbles in the grease popping. Can it just be that a new bearing has to bed in?



#36 Colinmac1330

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 03:13 PM

To me they look a bit loose, I am not an expert by any means but I normally shim them so that they are only movable by a spanner or with a bit of force by hand. As I say though don't quote me on this  :shy:  :D


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#37 jamesquintin

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 04:08 PM

I recently did my ball joints and they were stiffer than yours. I think the Haynes manual syas they should be quite stiff.

 

As for the wheel bearing, you won't be able to tell until its all on the car an tourqed up?

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#38 GraemeC

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 03:58 PM

You think that’s a messy greasy job? Wait until you do the CVs!

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 05:25 PM

Does this look better for the ball joints?

 


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Posted 14 August 2018 - 07:49 PM

yup, but just checking you are building them up dry..?



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Posted 14 August 2018 - 08:31 PM

yup, but just checking you are building them up dry..?

 

I am building them up dry, and then once I think they are right I am greasing them up.

 

That is correct isn't it?



#42 DeanP

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 10:14 PM

 

yup, but just checking you are building them up dry..?

 

I am building them up dry, and then once I think they are right I am greasing them up.

 

That is correct isn't it?

 

 

I'd be inclined to agree. It's easy to forget otherwise and gives them some protection during storage or while the rest of the car is built up.

 

Nice little car and thank you for sharing the build with us.


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Posted 19 November 2018 - 03:46 PM

So the bodywork is now complete, Cradley-Heathen on here has done all the welding, and done a great paint job. He also stuck the subframes on for me to make it easy to move.

 

I've got the car back today, so I can now start sticking things back on  :D

 

How its looking now then:

 

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 03:52 PM

Looks stunning mate. Nice early Xmas present.

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 01:10 PM

Started today to put the fuel line in. Not easy with the subframe already in place, however I think when I move onto the brake pipes it'll be even more difficult.

 

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Does the pipe come up too far here? I can't remember how it was before:

 

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I also managed to scrape the bottom on the pipe  :xxx:  :xxx:  I'll touch that up later

 

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