Spring is finally here, the weather has improved and it's time to get out on the car again.
As with most years, I've had a bit of a winter project going where the jobs can be done inside the garage (which seems to be ever shrinking as I gather more parts). This year there was someone in the UK that was looking for some stock a-arm cross shafts. Knowing that I was going to be replacing mine with offset ones, it seemed like a good time to look at replacing the bushes and shafts.
Sadly I didn't take any progress pics, but in order to get the bushes out I bought a cheap ball joint press and cut a slot in the receiving end of it, so it would slot over the center shaft. Getting the bushes out was hard work with the manual press, but all-in-all, easier than I was expecting.
Oddly, the front bushes on both sides had problems with the rubber separating from the inner sleeve, with the latter having to be carefully cut and chiselled off.
With the bushes out I attacked them with a wire brush in a drill and cleaned them up. They've now been coated in epoxy and I'll look at fitting the del-alums and new cross-shafts next time it rains and I can't work outside. I think I'll need to fab up some small support brackets to help push them in.
Back to the car itself, work continued with the repairs to the trunk floor. I can't find the progress pics for this, so will have to make do with the current state, where the floor has been welded up, cleaned and trunk/tail support piece welded in.
With that corner now done it's time to start on the passenger side. I don't want to weld the tail panel in until both trunk drop-offs are done. As with the other side, the first job is the outer wheel house. First job is to cut the quarter further up to give me access to the full flange.
I wanted to do the repairs to the inner panel first, getting it structurally sound before removing/attaching the new outer wheel house. To make this easier I trimmed off the bulk of the panel. I had a leave a large chunk intact at the front, where I previously did my own patch work. This will need carefull removing.
I could see that the rear section of the inner panel was a bit rusted, so I needed to start removing some of the remains of the outer panel to see how much would need replacing. A (un)welcome return of the spot weld cutter...
Thankfully it was just the last few inches, so I was able to concentrate fully on the repairs to the inner panel. First off I dug out the replacement panel and primed it both sides in the area I'd be cutting out.
To make sure the patch would be the right size and fitment, I cut a card template from the new panel, using the indents as a guide. I could then offer it up to the old panel and make sure it was suitable fit.
Once happy, I marked where to cut on the donor panel, and then cut it out. This was then offered up to the old panel and a line drawn around it.
This was then cut out, allowing me to see what repairs are needed behind it.
Looks like as well as some of the tail panel lip needing some repairs, I'll have to do some work on the shock tower
Till next time...