There she blows

Right, had some time in the garage this afternoon – football on the radio, tea in a Thermos, the smell of woodsmoke wafting in through the gaps in the roof  First of all I hooked up the fan to the defibrillator to check that the thing actually worked  and gave myself a surprise as it almost…

Got myself a fan

Back in the mists of time in November, a parcel of treasure did arrive from the land of ebay …  Originally Posted by Stu.C  … a radiator fan from an Escort RS Turbo… I forgot to check the address of the chappie that sent it, but I’m guessing this Escort lived in a seaside town and…

You put your left toe in, your right toe out

Well, I managed to get down to the local garage this morning to get both the alignment on the front and my general nut tightening abilities checked out  Good news was that my nuts are fine  However, it seems my ability to adjust the steering rack/rods by eye is rather lacklustre  I had “about an inch…

Refitting is the reverse of removal

The ladies tell me that an extra inch can make all the difference  On the left is the old 8″ drum setup, rather creaky, stiff and tired looking, but otherwise still serviceable. On the right is the replacement 9″ setup, off a 2.8, with new cylinders and springs, all greased up. I’m betting that there’s somewhere…

Stop that at the back !

Back in July last year I refurbished a set of rear brakes from a 2.8 ready to put them on the car … then put them in away in bags on the shelf while I “just popped over” to France. Turns out I forgot all about them  Thought it was time I did something  I’ve read up…

How big are your nuts ?

I couldn’t get my verniers inside the rim of the new wheels to measure the hole size, so Steve Law at Speedshack very kindly put a couple of second-hand ones in the post to me so that I could check for sure … they’re 5/8″ it turns out. Excellent service from Speedshack  Now comes the question of…

Nuts and blocks

First up, I’ve been talking to Steve Law at Speedshack and apparently I need sleeve nuts, rather than longer studs and new nuts, so we’re just sorting out the right size  So that it didn’t become one of those jobs I kept meaning to do, I’ve jacked the back up to remove the spring pads – given that nobody…

Serendipity

It’s funny how one day you can be idly thinking about something in a “maybe one day” kind of way, and then a couple of days later the planets align and a deal drops into your lapĀ  I’d been browsing an old copy of Custom Car from the late 70s, devouring the adverts as much…

How low is it now then ?

Rather annoyingly, I’ve just realised I never measured the drop from the top of the wheelarch to the floor before I started all this, so I can only really say “a bit lower”.  The front springs are quoted as two inches lower than standard, whilst the single leaf rears had almost three inches less unsprung curvature and…

Start the new year out on the road

After a couple of weeks away from everything, I managed to get some time over the last couple of days out in the garage  I managed to resist the urge to drop the back axle off and spend some time tidying it up – mainly because I’m sick of the car being off the road on…