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RussellG

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612 posts

90 months

Wednesday 29th August 2012
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Some more bits arrived today smile

Pads & Discs


29/8/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr

rear brakes


19/8/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Flexi Hoses


29/8/12.3 by russell.grant, on Flickr

2 sets of front & rear wheel bearings were deliver too and i have now stripped all calipers and drive flanges down completely ready for sand blasting.

RussellG

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612 posts

90 months

Sunday 2nd September 2012
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More parts


1/9/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Should hopefully get enough time this week to sandblast and paint all the parts needed to finish rebuilding the subframes.

Edited by RussellG on Sunday 2nd September 16:29

RussellG

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612 posts

90 months

Monday 3rd September 2012
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Started to Sandblast some bits and pieces today

Bits sandblasted so far


3/09/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr

I hate sandblasting as its such a messy and unpleasant job so after that lot I decided to stop there and instead paint some of them


3/09/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr


3/09/12.3 by russell.grant, on Flickr


3/09/12.4 by russell.grant, on Flickr


3/09/12.5 by russell.grant, on Flickr

FWDRacer

3,417 posts

129 months

Monday 3rd September 2012
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Are you using a blast cabinet at home? Care to mention the make and give a user appraisal?

RussellG

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612 posts

90 months

Tuesday 4th September 2012
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FWDRacer said:
Are you using a blast cabinet at home? Care to mention the make and give a user appraisal?
Yes I have been doing my own sandblasting. The model,of blaster I use isn't in production anymore but it'd similar to this one http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/product/details/... It's siphon feed so requires a powerful compressor to run it. If I was buying a new one I would go for the pressurised type instead now as they don't use as much air and are slightly more powerful apparently.

I just use a make shift blast cabinet when required. When I was doing the subframes and other large parts I built an 8 foot square tent out of polythene sheets to contain the mess. Smaller bits I just pop in an appropriate sized box.

It's not a job I enjoy doing though as its really messy no matter how much you try to contain it and even wearing a face mask, breathing mask and gloves it's still really unpleasant to work with.

All that aside there is no denying the results and paint goes on much better after the blasting too.
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RussellG

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612 posts

90 months

Tuesday 4th September 2012
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Managed to get the rest of the bits and pieces sandblasted and painted today


4/09/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr


4/09/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr


4/09/12.3 by russell.grant, on Flickr



4/09/12.4 by russell.grant, on Flickr

I will make a start to rebuilding the hubs next time

bmt216a

257 posts

146 months

Wednesday 5th September 2012
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All this work and not changing the CV boots?

RussellG

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612 posts

90 months

Wednesday 5th September 2012
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bmt216a said:
All this work and not changing the CV boots?
They will be changed by the time I am ready to fit an engine to the completed car.

guru_1071

2,723 posts

139 months

Wednesday 5th September 2012
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RussellG said:
They will be changed by the time I am ready to fit an engine to the completed car.
dont forget that the complete shafts / potjoints combo will not pass through the hole in the subframe - not that ive ever reconned and rebooted a set of shafts and made that mistake.....

i do it very time - i always forget!

RussellG

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612 posts

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Wednesday 5th September 2012
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I've been caught out like that in the past as well. It would have been a lot better if British leyland had just made the holes in the subframe a little bigger.

RussellG

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Wednesday 5th September 2012
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Didn't spend long in the garage today. But a bit of messing around with shims has this as today's results


5/09/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr

RussellG

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612 posts

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Thursday 6th September 2012
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Just an hour or two in the garage today. Did a bit of tidying up the workshop 

Then attached the rear brakes to the radius arms


6/09/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr

And fitted bearings to the front hubs


6/09/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr

RussellG

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612 posts

90 months

Friday 7th September 2012
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Today

I have fitted the rear wheel bearings and finished rebuilding the rear brakes ready to fit the radius arms to the rear subframe. 


7/09/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr

I also finished assembling the front suspension all though the balljoint bolts are only run up by hand until the driveshafts and engine are fitted. 


7/09/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr


7/09/12.3 by russell.grant, on Flickr


Front discs all bolted up to the freshly painted drive flanges just ready for fitting as well


7/09/12.4 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Next time I will rebuild the front calipers and attempt to figure out how to rebuild the rear subframe with the adjustable radius arm brackets. 

Pixel-Snapper

5,302 posts

97 months

Friday 7th September 2012
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Cracking on nice there Russell.

RussellG

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Saturday 8th September 2012
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Pixel-Snapper said:
Cracking on nice there Russell.
Thanks just killing time waiting on the painter doing the shell. So thought I would make a start to the suspension.

GTRMikie

785 posts

153 months

Saturday 8th September 2012
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A brilliant job but, just one suggestion, I wouldn't re-fit your nicely painted brake disc shields. They don't really do anything apart from inhibit brake cooling!

RussellG

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612 posts

90 months

Saturday 8th September 2012
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GTRMikie said:
A brilliant job but, just one suggestion, I wouldn't re-fit your nicely painted brake disc shields. They don't really do anything apart from inhibit brake cooling!
I did consider just throwing them away but I'm not keen on the idea of running without them. They still offer a bit of protection against something like a burst cv boot.

RussellG

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612 posts

90 months

Sunday 9th September 2012
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Yesterday's progress before before a trip to the pub

Nsr suspension built up


8/09/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Both front calipers fully rebuilt


8/09/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Just waiting on a few parts arriving during the week and then I can rebuild the or suspension

RussellG

Original Poster:

612 posts

90 months

Sunday 9th September 2012
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I have adjustable brackets for the rear radius arms but they didn't seem like a good fit the holes were miles from lining up properly. So I have refitted the original fixed bracket for now and will revisit the problem later. Anyone else experinced this problem ?

Pixel-Snapper

5,302 posts

97 months

Monday 10th September 2012
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RussellG said:
Thanks just killing time waiting on the painter doing the shell. So thought I would make a start to the suspension.
The shells gone off for paint! Jesus I'm lagging behind somewhat.

Been thinking I might just bite the bullet and take the van shell to a bodyshop to speed things up and let them finish it. However I can't really afford it at the moment and would like to learn it myself for future projects.

"Keep charm and carry on!"