Nipped over to the exhaust place last night to see about the banging/clanging coming from the underside above 40mph.
The helpful fabricator threw it up on the ramps, and it quickly became apparent that a mount at the rear of one of the heat shields had pulled through at one point, presumably while the back box was being fitted, and was now chafing against the original bolt.
An oversize washer soon saw it sorted, which was a mild relief.
Since the garage was slack and no-one else was about, the fella left in charge was happy to let me poke about underneath for the first time while it was hoicked up on the lift.
Initial thoughts ranged from Goodness, there's a lot of bits isn't there? to Actually, it's not that bad... And it's really not.
General corrosion appears minimal, with only a small amount of scab to the very edge of the sill seams where the underseal has been knocked, possibly by jacking. This can be dealt with fairly simply. There were a few bits of hay jammed into the suspension mounts, which was even easier to tug out.
The rest of the exhaust seems fairly good - and all remaining sections are pressed with SUBARU complete with logo - so either are impressively long-lived original factory items, or someone's shelled out at the main dealer for replacements at some stage.
The only items of concern are the front lower wishbones, which seem more scabby than the rest of the underside. I'm wondering whether the 'klonk' noise that occurs as I pull out of the driveway might be related to wear here.
I also took the opportunity to examine the OMG DETHTRAP brakepipes that had so upset Dour Derek the previous evening... and I'm still unclear what the problem is.
Rear pipes seem to involve several sections, but I couldn't see any which had corrosion even approaching the levels of terror stated to me. There's what looks like a load regulator thingummy just in front of the o/s rear wheel which had a bit of green powder around it, but it came off at my touch and looked clean. A bit of mud here and there, rubbed away to reveal shiny black pipes underneath. I couldn't even see anywhere that someone might have recently rubbed at them, to check for corrosion.
I ARE CONFUSE.