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Catch up 13 December 2009

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Well that was the last of the historical posts. From now on the updates will be further apart as I don’t work on the car that often.

I have painted the oil cooler so it is now ready for refitting. I may well leave the freeze plug as is, it’s not causing a problem and the cooling system is not pressurised so I think it will be OK. I’ll make a final decision when I go to refit the oil cooler.

I bought some more bits from the guy selling stuff near me. A pair of used rear wheel arch vinyl covers as mine are rotten, a pair of ‘D’ window seals, one new, one good used and a pair of clips for the jack handle in the boot. I also bought a drivers side armrest cover on Ebay. It was advertised as being in the original grain, but of course it isn’t. I’ll probably buy a vinyl repair kit and attempt to repair the armrest I bought and also use this new cover to repair the one currently fitted to the car, I’ll then see which one looks the better.

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Grit in my eye 12 December 2009

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31st December 2008

Progress has been slow as usual but it has been happening. The rear axle is back under the car and the trailing arms and torque rods are connected. While doing this I decided to redo the paint on the panhard rod mount on the body. I only managed to get one coat of hammerite on it before I got some grit in my eye. By the time that was sorted out it was too late to put a second coat on immediately and I have to wait six weeks for the first coat to cure properly. With the cold weather I am probably going to give it a bit longer as well. I had given up on getting an alternator bracket from Scandcar so I bought an IPD version from eBay, whereupon Scandcar got back in touch and sent another bracket which has now arrived. So I now have two alternator brackets to choose from. The IPD version is the nicer of the two so I’ll probably go with that one.

Freeze plug 12 December 2009

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24th August 2008

I should have mentioned that while cleaning up the manifold gasket surface that I noticed the freeze plug on #2 cylinder does not look particularly secure. It is at an angle with one edge practically coming out of the boss. I prepped and painted the axle tunnel over the last couple of days which is a great relief. All that exposed metal was making me quite anxious.

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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.

Cold chisel 29 November 2009

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8th September 2006

Well I got the off side support arm off eventually. It took another 4.5 hours with a blow torch, hack saw, 4lb club hammer and a cold chisel. The fitting kit came and includes twice as many of the locking caps as needed so I think I am not the only one ever to break them. The weekend will probably be mostly sanding and painting of the support arms and possibly the axle and mounting brackets. I am also off to pick up a set of bumper brackets that will fit the correct bumpers for the car. The bumpers currently fitted are from an earlier car. It’s going to be a close thing for me to get the car driveable again before the weather worsens too much.

Splashes 23 November 2009

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8th May 2006

Well it rained on Saturday but I did manage to get the car out for a short ride on Sunday. The fixed seats are great; I am no longer straining my neck to see over the front of the bonnet. More rust removed and replaced with splashes of grey primer. I am going to have to get a full respray done I think as I am realizing that all the paint is in fact beyond salvage. I am just a bit reluctant to do it yet as that will mean taking it off the road while I remove the exterior trim and lights, bumpers etc. There is plenty of evidence of a respray being done in the past and I think something went wrong with it. I may try and get it done over next winter.

Splotches 23 November 2009

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5th May 2006

I have not been able to do very much recently. I had another session of rust removal so there are more splotches of grey primer now. I also managed to uncover some body filler which maybe the sign of lurking horrors. I also have some new screws and nuts to hold the grill surround on with although that took some trial and error. The screws are stainless steel so I hope they will last a while. I’m hoping to be able to get out for a drive tomorrow.