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  1. #231
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    Back in the garage last night.

    Took it all out again!

    Loads of measuring, swearing, hammering.

    Its now all back

    Just got to tighten up all the nuts and fit the diagonal brace back in, re-check the pinion angle and wheelie bar clearance.
    Oh yes, and touch up all the chipped paint . This 2K stuff chips very easily, looks like I may have added to much harder when I mixed the paint.

  2. #232
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    Tightened up all the nuts but couldn't get the diagonal brace to fit???
    Looks like an alignment problem somewhere. The left hand side is sitting high and is solid.

    I think I may have shortened the upper links too much and the rose joint is catching the upper front mounting and locked up.

    Couldn't be arsed to take it all apart again in this heat so went on the the wheelie bars.
    They seemed to mount up OK and I'm happy with the height.

    Just got to make a new brace as the bars are mounted further apart than the kit allows for due to the shock mountings being where they are.
    Just need a piece of 22mm OD tube 600mm long and a couple of nuts.


    Only just fits now
    Last edited by fabphil; 08-08-20 at 10:43 AM.

  3. #233
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    Never assume anything!
    Whilst adjusting the various angles for the pinion and wheelie bar mounts I took off the four bars of the rear suspension, measured one pair (side) and adjusted the other side to match.
    As shown in the pic earlier in the thread the car had a tilt.
    I measured more than twice but couldn't figure out what was causing it.
    Then having a moment... laying under the car I twisted the lower near side rod and the axle started to move down into place.
    Abandoning the everything should be equal I started twisting rods.
    Soon had the axle sitting parallel to the chassis ,65mm from chassis to tyre, centred, 35mm from the inside of the chassis rails to each 4 bar link and the wheel centred in the arch...result
    Lesson...never assume that a professional car builder builds things straight!
    All four links are slightly different lengths but the axle now sits where it should.
    .

    Just got to touch up a load of chips in the paint
    Last edited by fabphil; 18-08-20 at 08:05 PM.

  4. #234
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    NEVER ASSUME A PROFESSIONAL, NO MATTER HOW RENOWNED, GETS IT PROPERLY RIGHT. I know from experience as well, very frustrating but I found out most of my bits in time. Having said that I am having a mare at the moment with regards the front end.

    One thing though, hopefully it's just the angle of the photo, is the off side rear coil over at a greater angle than the nearside one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stilltrying View Post
    NEVER ASSUME A PROFESSIONAL, NO MATTER HOW RENOWNED, GETS IT PROPERLY RIGHT.
    One thing though, hopefully it's just the angle of the photo, is the off side rear coil over at a greater angle than the nearside one?
    As you see the offside shock is mounted with a slight tilt!
    To be fair the diagonal link wasn't in place when the picture was taken but there is still a slight tilt there now the link is in place.

    This was how it was done when the chassis was narrowed and the 4 bar rear end fitted some time in the early 2000's.
    I have an invoice in my historical paper work folder for the work from a very well known car builder who should have done a better job, particularly as they specialise in rear axles.

    The axle is now spaced equally between the chassis rails so unfortunately it is what it is. I don't have the welding skills to move something that critical.
    The top mount is unusually not a cross-member between chassis rails but holes have been cut in the trunk floor and the top shock mounts are welded to the roll over hoop structure
    Last edited by fabphil; 20-08-20 at 02:55 PM.

  6. #236
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    Oh, So basically it will be suck it and see to start with, obviously you have driven it a fair bit without noticing any side effects so maybe with everything you have done it will drive nice anyway. fingers crossed.

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    Thought I'd do a door today.
    Got the plain ally panel in the bead roller...
    Happy for a first attempt, need to have the roller pressure a little lighter for the drivers door.
    Safety lock all working (suicide doors).
    Speakers mounted, not sure if I'll hear anything out of them over the engine though
    Door pull fitted. This is mounted to the internal door frame not just the ally panel.




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    I went to see a 'top notch T bucket' many years ago that got so much press it was billed as the ultimate rod.

    Got to tell you that a tractor engineer would have been proud of the engineering, especially as one coil over was 2" from the rear chassis x member and the other one was rubbing it.... no finesse but loads of 'in things' at that time.

    Dont get me wrong there was a lot of things that broke the mold and set a future. Not what I expected from an icon of the times.
    Last edited by fad15; 21-08-20 at 02:14 PM.

  9. #239
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    Well, it happened today!
    Had a busy morning in the garden splitting up a large bamboo plant into 8 smaller ones.
    Then though, I've earned some garage time.

    I wonder if she'll start up?

    Switched on the battery, opened up the fuel shut off, ignition on, press the start button....

    Thinking off all the things that could be off or set wrong, valve clearances, timing, ignition wiring and so much more, bu**er me she fired up first press of the switch

    Wasn't expecting that so didn't even have the camera to hand but the better half was standing there videoing

    So after three years and a lot of cursing and swearing I present...

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    Tinkering around today.
    My better half sorted out some vinyl lettering for the car.
    The car now has a name!

    Named after a WW2 Flying Fortress.

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