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#331 OFFLINE   Hooli

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 11:00 AM

Adjustable spanner - what are you are plumber ?  :shock:

 

Well he is doing pipes....

 

 

 

 

I always re-anneal copper washers before use, god knows how long they've been sitting around before you get your hands on them.


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 09:15 PM

I knew there was a reason why I didn't put that parts order in yesterday!
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New fuel tank and solid state pump ordered. Hopefully this will allow me to put the fuel system issues to rest and make it useable again. Apart from maybe some carb tinkering.

I left off the suspension and other bits off this order and try to resist ordering everything in one go. Instead, I'll try and just order when I get time/can afford to do bits. Otherwise it'll either just sit in boxes and not get done, or I'll get fed up of looking at it and send it into the garage to get it done and have the enjoyment* of fitting it myself.

Hopefully it won't get too cold, too quickly and so give me a chance to do suspension work next month. Suspension needs minimum 1 shock replaced and all bushes. Springs ideally too. I'll probably go polybush for bushes, partly because durability and partly because they're split in two pieces and so look easier to fit.

Midland sports classic bushes are £65 for a full set, while Moss are £200. No idea the price difference. Surely there can't be too much difference in quality?
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Posted 30 September 2017 - 01:20 PM

Another weekend, another visit to Moss again. Mrs SiC is starting to comment how often I'm visiting there now and how much I'm spending. I didn't tell her that this time I spent enough to get the 10% discount they're doing at the moment. Admittedly £50 of that is a refundable deposit for the damper.
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I'm hoping the damper is buggered internally, not that the back gasket has leaked or something. Otherwise I've just chucked £30 down the drain...

Speaking of down the drain, yesterday I had another poke of the fuel pump. Looks like the leak I had was one of the fibre washers that sat inside the banjo lip. I assume the problem was, I put the washer on the bolt and did it up. What I probably was supposed to do is put it inside the banjo lip.

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As the washers have got fuel on them, they've gone hard and crushed. So I can't fit them in. I've bought new ones today, so I'll change them out, but I didn't have any last night. Instead I found an o-ring that fitted in fine.
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Tightened up, it doesn't seem to leak anymore. I was worried it was that new pipe that had failed as the banjo. Result!

Out of interest, why is there fibre washers and not o-rings? Also this does seem to be holding pressure fine, is it safe or is it likely to leak like this?

I'm not going to leave it like it as I have new washers now but wondered if it's good enough to at least for me to move the car so I can take off the dampers. I think I've drained more fuel out sorting this pump, than I have used in the last few months...
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Posted 30 September 2017 - 01:26 PM

... ah yes, all fuel tanks have an *expensive hole in them ;)

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 01:39 PM

Some O-rings are made of poor rubber.
I'd opt for a Viton rubber, good fuel and oil resistance


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Posted 30 September 2017 - 03:02 PM

I'd probably use copper washers there.  If it's fuel tight, leave it! I know you're spending a lot, but the costs really do settle down after a while.. (just tell her that?!) 



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Posted 30 September 2017 - 03:16 PM

Some O-rings are made of poor rubber.
I'd opt for a Viton rubber, good fuel and oil resistance

 

That. Provided it's a fuel proof O-ring it'll be fine.

 

 

ETA. Fibre washers because that's what the factory used to keep the rivet counters happy.



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Posted 30 September 2017 - 03:58 PM

It was from my box of general o-rings. So probably not fuel safe!
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Posted 30 September 2017 - 04:00 PM

I think most O-rings are now days. The ones I've seen in fuel systems feel like exactly the same material as the box of el-cheapo ones I've got.


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Posted 30 September 2017 - 08:09 PM

Plucked up the courage today to do some suspension work. High energy device like springs and fuel systems scare me. It doesn't help that a family friend on my wife's side is an experienced, careful professional mechanic who had a spring let go into his face at work. Ended up in hospital for a number of weeks with a very bashed up and cracked face.

The problem is the offside suspension damper, not really damping.



This one actually looks pretty decent from the outside and possibly been replaced previously.
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I jacked up the car, put a stand underneath and then put the jack under the spring pan. Using the jack I pushed up the pan to take some of the tension off the top of the lever arm. Once up, I put a zip tie around the back of the kingpin/trunnion/something bit and a bit of wire. Then undid the bolt at the top and released the jack.

The two came apart pretty easily and used needed a few taps of the mallet to completely split the two apart. Once the jack was released, the spring mostly had the tension removed. Releasing the jack was the most nerving part for me. Apart from the corner of the spring pan, it was safe.

4 bolts removed that were holding the damper on and it was free.
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The damper gave pretty much no resistance when the arm was moved. I didnt film the recon one, but it requires significantly more effort to move the arm.


Popped it up on the bench and it became clear why it wasn't working.
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It was completely empty!
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Now I had previously tried to fill it up through the fill port at the top. It overflowed everytime I tried. I can only guess that the fill hole to the chamber doesn't allow the air to escape quick enough.

I took the front valve bolt out and drained the remains of the fluid inside, which was really rather yucky.
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Yum.
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I flushed the insides out with some cheapy Wilko engine oil to try and remove as much of the detritus as possible.

I then set about filling it back up again with shock oil. Old bits of stud work off cuts came in very handy to prop the unit up. This is why I hoard!
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I cleaned up the cork gasket and used this sealant to seal the gap between the flanges and gasket material. I had previously bought it to reseal the Saab 9-5 (that Hooli now has) gearbox valve body cover but never got around to. It's special stuff that only seals in areas of no air and also stays suspended in oil - which prevents it clogging up stuff if you use too much.
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I now apologise to whoever has to open this up again next! The screws were made of the cheapest, softest metal I've known. Also this head was rounded off before I got to it anyway. I didn't have any replacements, so this had to do.
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Then I had to reassemble it all. I had bought replacement bush and bolt kit for the top bolts, but in hindsight the bushes didn't look too bad. I can only guess they may have been changed when the kingpins were done recently.
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I replaced them anyway as I had the bits. Longer term I want to replace all the bushes with Polybushes anyway. The bushes on the bottom of the arm at the pivot point look a bit more worn and they flex about when putting pressure on the bottom arms.

Getting the lever arm down over the bush was a bit of a fight. I undid the bolt in the middle to give me a bit of movement so I could pry it apart. Still required a flat head screwdriver to persuade into place an plenty of percussion maintance with a rubber mallet to get the arm into place. The new bolt went through without too much trouble, I torqued it up and put a new split pin through the castellated nut.
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At this point I had spent most of the afternoon doing this, so it was now dark, dinner was nearly ready and it started raining! I gave quick push on the suspension again and ... it still bounced. Damn it.

I guess this is why people hate these lever arms? Hopefully it's just some air in it that needs to work its way to the top. I did try my best to get as much out as possible though. I just hope it didn't puke all its fluid out of the back again. I did try to make sure the back was done up as tight as I could possibly do - even using my impact driver to make sure of it. The RTV does take 24hrs or so to set, so hopefully it wasn't because of that either.

I might have to do it again tomorrow and take a video, as maybe it's better but as there is still some bounce it's hard to judge.
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Posted 01 October 2017 - 11:11 AM

Should bounce 1.5 times if you push down on the wing (down, up, settle), any other little wobbles are acceptable and usually in the rest of the suspension and tires.

If it keeps going like a horny dog then you've got a problem

There was a good place in Bedminster that did all kinds of seals and rubber stuff, I'll have to ask my old man if he remembers where it's at.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 12:36 PM

I'll give it another bounce test later. It might not be as bad as I'm remembering it. Well if it is, then I've got either air in it or its leaking back out again! The other side seals look pretty tired and split but it seems to be ok, as seen on the video. It definitely isn't as hard nor give a single bounce like the other side's do though.

Longer term I'm tempted to buy a pair of brand new ones if they keep giving trouble. The conversion kits look tempting, even if pricey but I'd rather give the original lever arms a chance as I don't want to spoil the magic* of what the car is.
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Posted 01 October 2017 - 04:46 PM

Looking at the two videos, I think it's much better. How it is now:


For comparison, how it was:


Passenger side is definitely better. Not sure whether to just put this reconditioned dampener on the drivers side instead and be done with it. Of course that may not be much better...
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Wife history (that she used/owned but I had frequent use of): 2002 Renault Clio II 1.2 16v (Billabong!), 2006 Mazda MX5 1.8, 2004 VW Golf 1.6 FSI, 2005 Renault Scenic II 2.0 (went bad from the drive back when buying it!), 2002 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 16v (now phil_lihp ex-colleague), 2005 Renault Laguna II v6 (Now angle)

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 04:54 PM

Seems a lot better. I counted four bounces to a dead stop before and only two after.
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Posted 01 October 2017 - 05:07 PM

SiCs 'dead cat car bounce' on YouTube  :-P

 

Keep it up...

 

 

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:41 AM

A bit of a quick update from the weekend.

Fitted new fuel pump.
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Required a bit of bodging to fit as the pump is not as fat as a standard SU.
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The fibre washers from Midland Sports Classics are a much better fit in the unions than what Moss supplies.
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I also cut off and crimped new spade connectors on, as the originals were horrible looking. Electricity won't like flowing through this.
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Powered up the car, poked my head under the pump to check for fuel leaks and found this...
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Luckily I envisaged this potentially happening (pipes were rusty) and bought new pipes at Beaulieu Autojumble.
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I fitted these, but as it was getting dark I made the mistake of rushing. This lead me to fitting it in the wrong route and I had to take it out again. So unfortunately it has a whole bunch of kinks are bends that aren't supposed to be at places and I can't bend them too much more without work hardening and cracking the pipes.
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I'm not happy with the job and I'll probably buy a new pipe and redo it. No doubt it's fine, but it's messy.

Old crusty pipe.
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While underneath the front I fitted new anti-rollbar bushes.
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The bar itself wasn't too bad around the bush but I still gave it clean up with a wire brush.
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Bushes weren't perished but the holes were elongated. Enough to be able to wobble the bar up and down when jacked up.
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Also the fuel tank have arrived now, ready to fit. The first wasn't packaged with any protection and so the tabs ended up being bent. It was sent back to Midland Sports Classics and they sent a replacement with no quibbles.
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1974 MGB GT - A stereotypical classic car.
2007 Honda Civic EX CTDi - The reliable runner that is like the family pet.
2010 Aldi A4 - Owned to placate the wife on my crap buying


My history: 2003 Clio II 1.2 16v (First car), 2003 Honda Civic 3dr 1.7 CTDi (Isuzu lump), 1992 Mazda MX5 1.6, 2005 Mazda RX8 192bhp, 2005 Saab 9-3 1.9TiD 150bhp, 2007 Honda Civic 2.2 CTDi, 2004 Renault Scenic 1.6 Auto (Now Kiltox FiL), 2004 Saab 9-5 2.3t (Now Hooli), 2004 Smart Roadster 80bhp
Wife history (that she used/owned but I had frequent use of): 2002 Renault Clio II 1.2 16v (Billabong!), 2006 Mazda MX5 1.8, 2004 VW Golf 1.6 FSI, 2005 Renault Scenic II 2.0 (went bad from the drive back when buying it!), 2002 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 16v (now phil_lihp ex-colleague), 2005 Renault Laguna II v6 (Now angle)

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:44 AM

Next question for the resident MGB experts...

I've bought V8 bushes to redo the inner wishbone as Polybushes are a fair bit more expensive. However I'm wondering if I should return the V8 ones and just fork out to get a set of polys? Is it worth the additional cost (like 10x more) and the much less hassle (V8 need pushing in, poly just assembled)?

Not sure which ones to get if I do, but probably buy the expensive/overpriced superpro ones from Moss as they're local and I can do it this weekend.
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2007 Honda Civic EX CTDi - The reliable runner that is like the family pet.
2010 Aldi A4 - Owned to placate the wife on my crap buying


My history: 2003 Clio II 1.2 16v (First car), 2003 Honda Civic 3dr 1.7 CTDi (Isuzu lump), 1992 Mazda MX5 1.6, 2005 Mazda RX8 192bhp, 2005 Saab 9-3 1.9TiD 150bhp, 2007 Honda Civic 2.2 CTDi, 2004 Renault Scenic 1.6 Auto (Now Kiltox FiL), 2004 Saab 9-5 2.3t (Now Hooli), 2004 Smart Roadster 80bhp
Wife history (that she used/owned but I had frequent use of): 2002 Renault Clio II 1.2 16v (Billabong!), 2006 Mazda MX5 1.8, 2004 VW Golf 1.6 FSI, 2005 Renault Scenic II 2.0 (went bad from the drive back when buying it!), 2002 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 16v (now phil_lihp ex-colleague), 2005 Renault Laguna II v6 (Now angle)

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:49 AM

.... You seen my 'crusty fuel pipes' m8 :/

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 09:25 AM

Use the bushes you have. Pressing them isn’t usually a massive war, though I’ve never done MGBspecifically.
Polybushes can get squeaky noisy and we saw a few that had failed very quickly. Don’t know if they hadn’t been greased or whatever but I not so convinced they’re as fit and forget as people hope.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 09:42 AM

Polybush quality seems to vary a fair bit.   Because people who drive Morris Minors seem to want to pay 7/6 for everything there are some bushes at that end of the market that seem to be reconstituted jelly babies.   Get the Supaflex ones.   As for rubber -  I haven't seen anything for BMC cars that I would personally waste my time fitting for quite a while.

 

I also wonder whether people just fit new bushes without checking the state of the actual components as well.....


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 10:00 AM

If going for it buy proper polybush or powerflex. Cheap patterns are also available, try not to be tempted

 

from my experience with both staaag and range rover oem rubber bushing is nice and compliant and comfy. BUT and certainly on the range rover rubber bushes became an almost annual replacement. Poor quality of rubber was the root cause. 

 

I bought a set of Red polybushes for the main suspension components of the RR and shook my fillings out over the next 2 years. I thought about going back to rubber BUT then I found Polybush Blue. These have been on for nearly 100k miles now and still good and rattlefree

 

Have a mix of rubber and poly on the Staaag. When trailing arm bushes wear on the staaag the rear wheels dont sit central in the rear arches. arb rattles and front bottom link klonks and bonks and the whole experience is well just a bit pants.

 

Most of the stag was done 15-20 years ago and again is still rattle free and good. I have qualitay rubber fitted to dampers, subframe ends (these had to be NOS, bastard to find) and strut tops. else the whole thing is powerflex'd up. rear trailing arms, diff mounts, front bottom links and arb

 

Removing suspension arms to press bushes in is a faff that I could do without in all honesty. And with the difference comfort levels offered I see no reason for my "keepers" to not go down the poly route

 

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 03:06 PM

This is the bush set I would consider buying:
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http://www.moss-euro...s-mgb-c-v8.html

Not cheap, but it appears SuperPro is a rather large company that has been making bushes for sometime and so hopefully the quality is reasonable. But I'd mostly consider it because I can go down to Moss tomorrow and pick them up - rather than waiting till next week when an order arrives.

I guess I'm a bit suspicious of the V8 bushes that Moss sells as they're pretty darn cheap:
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http://www.moss-euro...ml?assoc=112101

£1.36 each for a bush - all 4 is under £6. Hence not sure on the quality nor longevity of them. Given that to get to the bushes, I need to remove the wishbone arms, spring pan, spring and kingpin, I only really want to do this job once.

However I also don't want a car that is rock solid and after a couple of months the bushes (i.e. if went poly) start squeaking!
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 03:41 PM

lube the poly bushes up, make sure that the bolt is coppereased before fitting and mine are pretty silent


Shitroen C4 GP 2007 1.6HDi - Wife's daily written off, farewell trusty but slightly unpredictable steed

Pug 307 - son's daily runner Sold to Arthur Foxhake

Range Rover Vogue 1993 - my daily runner

Daewoo Matiz 2002 - Sold

Jaguar x308 Sovereign 4 litre - nicked by Fathathestag might be up 4sayle soon

Triumph Staaag 1973 - cheaper than a mistress.. just

Range Rover 1972 - ongoing extensive restoration

Range Rover 1972 - complete shed but in line for restoration

Land Rover 1969 SIIa SWB - belongs to Fathathestag but maintained and welded by me

BMW E46 318i touring - sold to hhhugues

 


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 03:46 PM

Good point. I copper greased the top wishbone bushes, however I'm not sure if that was a good idea? Would the grease attack the rubber?
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 04:08 PM

If you don't want to do the job twice go for the blue polybush. I'm a masachist and Yorkshireman so used rubber bushes when I did the roadster last winter.

Start spraying all the bottom pan nuts and bolts with a good penetrating oil, I had to cut all mine off with an anglegrider as they were that seized.

You're doing a grand job, if you need more practice I've a pair of GT's that are awaiting my time in the garage.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 04:35 PM

Another vote for blue poly.

I've fitted them to loads of cars now and had no problems. I've got loads to go on the Capri shortly now too. They feel fine when driving and they will outlast modern cheap shit rubber easily, especially if you fit them properly.

Great job on this so far btw.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 06:21 PM

I think I'll get some then. Debating whether to buy some from Moss this weekend in the hope I can do them soon or just pay less online with another brand. I need to take back that lever shock absorber as I probably won't end up using it.

Speaking to Moss branch, they apparently take stuff that is resalable upto 12 months with a receipt. Very reasonable and almost worth paying the extra it costs buying there.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 07:51 PM

Don't forget to let me know when you're selling this one for £180 too :D



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Posted 15 October 2017 - 11:32 AM

Don't forget to let me know when you're selling this one for £180 too :D

It's getting to that at the moment!!

Bad 2 days.

Started on these bushes yesterday. Unfortunately Moss didn't have any Polybushes in stock, so I decided to go ahead with the V8 bushes.

Big fight with rusty parts to this stage. The ARB link required brute force off the car.
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ARB link bolt at the top split. Need to get a replacement locknut.
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Old bushes were knackered. At least this justifies me doing this job.
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Squished the bushes in by abusing a vice.
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Both were a fight. One went in ok in the end. The other went all wierd at the other end.
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Got the wishbone arms back on the a-arm ok.
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Buggered a bolt up on the wishbone pan. This requires pulling the whole thing apart again. At this point I called it a day and started again this morning.
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Got the bolt out and replaced. Tightened it all up again. Found that the bottom kingpin bolt when tightened up seems to tighten much tighter than before. Past the point for the castellated nut to have a split pin through.
No idea what's going on there.
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Carried on anyway. Dropped the car onto ramps so I could tighten up the a-arm bolts when the suspension is loaded. Required loads of force to get it even close to the split pin hole for the castellated nut. Got fed up, so used this.
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Despite being a wimpy tool, it managed to fuck up the a-arm thread.
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At this point I'm pretty annoyed. Dropped the car to the floor and decided to do something easier like tune the carbs.

Started up the engine to get some heat through the engine first. Noticed the alternator light hadn't extinguished.

Current clamp meter says all.
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Now sat in the car typing this.

ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH x 1000
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2010 Aldi A4 - Owned to placate the wife on my crap buying


My history: 2003 Clio II 1.2 16v (First car), 2003 Honda Civic 3dr 1.7 CTDi (Isuzu lump), 1992 Mazda MX5 1.6, 2005 Mazda RX8 192bhp, 2005 Saab 9-3 1.9TiD 150bhp, 2007 Honda Civic 2.2 CTDi, 2004 Renault Scenic 1.6 Auto (Now Kiltox FiL), 2004 Saab 9-5 2.3t (Now Hooli), 2004 Smart Roadster 80bhp
Wife history (that she used/owned but I had frequent use of): 2002 Renault Clio II 1.2 16v (Billabong!), 2006 Mazda MX5 1.8, 2004 VW Golf 1.6 FSI, 2005 Renault Scenic II 2.0 (went bad from the drive back when buying it!), 2002 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 16v (now phil_lihp ex-colleague), 2005 Renault Laguna II v6 (Now angle)

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 11:37 AM

So after this weekend I now need:
  • New a-arm(s). Possibly worth getting 2 and replace the other side while I'm at it.
  • New ARB link(s)
  • Something to fix that lower kingpin bolt. Maybe pack out with washers?
  • Might just go for poly bushes for ease of installation. Especially considering how hard that a-arm bolt needs to go to squidge the bush into place. However I'll need to get the 2 out I've fitted already.
  • New alternator. I suspect the squeaking belt I've been having from the engine is from the alternator all along. Possibly maybe even the ticking.

Current Fleet:
1974 MGB GT - A stereotypical classic car.
2007 Honda Civic EX CTDi - The reliable runner that is like the family pet.
2010 Aldi A4 - Owned to placate the wife on my crap buying


My history: 2003 Clio II 1.2 16v (First car), 2003 Honda Civic 3dr 1.7 CTDi (Isuzu lump), 1992 Mazda MX5 1.6, 2005 Mazda RX8 192bhp, 2005 Saab 9-3 1.9TiD 150bhp, 2007 Honda Civic 2.2 CTDi, 2004 Renault Scenic 1.6 Auto (Now Kiltox FiL), 2004 Saab 9-5 2.3t (Now Hooli), 2004 Smart Roadster 80bhp
Wife history (that she used/owned but I had frequent use of): 2002 Renault Clio II 1.2 16v (Billabong!), 2006 Mazda MX5 1.8, 2004 VW Golf 1.6 FSI, 2005 Renault Scenic II 2.0 (went bad from the drive back when buying it!), 2002 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 16v (now phil_lihp ex-colleague), 2005 Renault Laguna II v6 (Now angle)




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