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…

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…

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…

Round to the back end

Spent an enjoyable afternoon out in the garage – football on the radio, Liverpool winning , rain drumming down on the (now mostly leak free) roof and taking apart the rear suspension. For some reason, the driver’s side is rusted up more than the passenger’s  I might have thought it’d be the other way round, using the…

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…

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…

Springy things

Not a lot going on at the moment as I’ve been rather busy with work, but set to this morning to clean up a set of single leaf springs I picked up months back. Lots of surface rust removed with a flap disc in the grinder meant that the air in the garage was a little thick…