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Buying a Crapi - Now with 4 wheels!

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#241 ONLINE   coalnotdole

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 06:52 PM

In order to get the front of the new springs to actually line up with the spring hanger bolts I've had to disconnect the rear anti-roll bar. As I'd previously bought new bushes and rubbers it seemed to make sense to take it right off and change them whilst I was at it.



Original Bush:

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Into the arbour press and after pushing out the rubber middle I split the outer shell of the bush with the makita reciprocating saw on the left of the photo then pressed the remains out:

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No photos showing the new bushes being fitted for some reason. Also annoyingly it appears I have one standard bush and one uprated one which is a lot stiffer. Have fitted them for the moment and will keep an eye out for another standard one as they're no longer available as far as I can tell.

I don't want to fit poly as I've decided to fit all new old stock ford bushes so it'll be a more accurate impression of how it would have been when new.

Getting the antiroll bar back onto the axle seems a bit of a struggle - I've got both clamps back on now but neither rubber is sat very nicely so will need a further fiddle.


Also whilst under there I replaced all the exhaust hanger rubbers with NOS ford ones, the mounting for the rear silencer had an interesting period repair:

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I've cleaned it up and welded it back together which seems to be an improvement!


Finally I've knocked up a couple of bits of zintec to make a closing panel for the back of the sill - this makes up for the missing back end of the inner sill and is purely temporary until I do a proper job of the sills:

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 09:02 PM

You need it on its wheels, with weight in the boot to get the correct tension for the rear arb I usually have them on ramps and by someone to sit in the boot to refit them

I presume this is what your problem is
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Posted 21 January 2019 - 09:25 PM

You need it on its wheels, with weight in the boot to get the correct tension for the rear arb I usually have them on ramps and by someone to sit in the boot to refit them

I presume this is what your problem is


That might well be the case - I did try jacking the axle up but it didn't seem to make much difference.
I'll shove a few hundred kilos of coal in the boot and try again! (have half a tonne of coal to hand and its probably less impatient at staying in the boot than people!)

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 09:38 PM

If I remember correctly off the top of my head the factory settings are only around 60-62kg of weight in the back when setting the arb up (this is why I use people haha)

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 07:39 PM

If I remember correctly off the top of my head the factory settings are only around 60-62kg of weight in the back when setting the arb up (this is why I use people haha)

Hope this helps


I ended up with 25kg of coal, 30kg of mig wire, 2x batteries, 25ltr hydraulic oil and the work experience lad in the back which got the antiroll bar almost perfectly in line. (had a look and the manual states loading the back of the car with two adults)

unfortunately it also made it too low for me to get underneath or swing a spanner on the front spring bolts so ended up sitting the back wheel on some blocks:

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And after a quick drive around the industrial estate for a bacon roll and to settle the springs:

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Immediate impressions are that the back end is firmed up a lot - less body roll and more of a tendency for wheelspin when pulling away from junctions!

Engine is a bit rough at idle, Have new (nos) points and condenser to fit which may help. Was ok before being parked up to change the rear springs so can't be much wrong.

Good to have it back on four wheels and gone from down the side of the workshop - its left a capri shaped rust stain on the concrete though!

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 09:16 AM

Great stuff glad you got sorted, my memory is getting crap as I get older for the little things
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