That drill’s bigger than my garage

OK, to recap – when you shear off the high-tensile bolts in the ARB brackets, I found you have to take the brackets off to get the remains out. Not having a suitable drill at home, I used one of the ones at college  The thing is seven foot high and has a chunk of…

It’s just a big Airfix kit really

OK, first up – those pesky ARB chassis brackets. Each had one broken bolt stuck in them that had sheared off when removing the ARB and which was rusted in solid. No amount of Plusgas was freeing them up, but to be fair, it wouldn’t have done much good as there wasn’t really anything left…

Crushed nuts

That last TCA nut didn’t want to give up without a fight, but in the end it couldn’t compete against the combined might of the angle grinder, cold chisel and lump hammer  It’s definitely been changed since the car was built, so I’m guessing whoever did it chose to use salt water on the threads instead…

And off it comes

Steering rack and both track rod ends now successfully off the car – the jacking-up tip worked a treat  Replacements are being picked up from the nice people at General Traffic tomorrow at a mere twenty quid for the rack and four quid each for the TREs  The other nut on the TCA rose joint isn’t shifting…

Stripping the front

Isn’t it amazing how doing nothing for years can sometimes be good, and sometimes be bad? Trees, for example – do nothing with ’em for a few million years and you get petrol  Steel nuts and bolts, however, you can’t even leave for twenty seven years …  This weekend has been spent stripping down the front…

Victory is mine

Well, after a battle of Tolkeinesque proportions, the bushes and their sleeves are finally out of the rear springs  Taking onboard everyone’s advice, I started by attacking the bushes themselves with a blowlamp. Whilst it was fun, the novelty wore off real quickly once it got smelly … and then the muesli-eating kids from a few…