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Spiral binding 12 December 2009

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21st February 2009

I bought the blanking plate for the head to seal off the feed to the oil cooler, but I need to get some gasket material to use with it and it also needs painting. I also bought an inlet ring and a freeze plug. I removed the rear brake backing plates that I had put in place so that I could get at the rear bearings. After a bit of an effort I managed to get the axle half shafts free, using the brake drums as a slide hammer. There was not enough space to use a real slide hammer. I put fresh grease into the rear bearings, the stuff in there was old and probably diluted with gear oil as it was quite runny. I’ll have to keep an eye on it and see if the inner grease seal needs to be replaced. I started to peel off the insulation tape that is wrapped around the wiring loom so that I can re-wire for the alternator. The braided covering underneath is in quite poor condition. I ordered some new cable and terminals to cope with the higher charging current that the alternator will supply as well as some spiral binding.

Double flares 29 November 2009

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26th September 2006

I painted the brake drums with high heat paint which turned out to be a very matt black, I had expected it to be gloss but never mind. I disconnected the shock absorbers again and dropped the axle until the prop shaft was resting on the bottom of the tunnel in an attempt to remove the springs and seats but that was not enough. I gave the axle a going over with a wire brush until I got bored, which did not take too long, and then slapped some Hammerite over it. Having reconnected the shock abosrbers I just need to reassemble the brakes and hubs etc and tighten up all the bushings bolts and I could be driving the car again. Of course that also includes replacing the hard brake lines which will mean learning how to do double flares which could be interesting. It looks like an old repair failed to replace the captive nut for the axle limiting strap on the off side which is why they were missing from my car. So it looks like a quick trip to the welder may be on the cards to get that sorted.

Painted mounts 29 November 2009

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23rd September 2006

The support arms are back in the car which took a bit of fiddling to get the bolt holes lined up. The shock absorber mounts got painted during the week and the shock absorbers are now in and I have sanded down the brake drums in preparation for painting them. The spring supports will probably wait until I do the springs which will be at a later date. I am getting impatient to drive the car again. If I have enough time tomorrow I will paint the brake drums and sand down the rest of the axle but that may be a bit optimistic.