Terry's tale. (S3 resto ++)

Terry's tale. (S3 resto ++)

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TVRees

840 posts

47 months

Sunday 16th September
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... in a Mk.I MX-5, no less smile

DamianS3

1,712 posts

117 months

Wednesday 19th September
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Yup, they claim its Boxter S fast...

I aleays liked the mk1 mx5.. drives really well imho..

Damian S3

Blue 30

Original Poster:

244 posts

52 months

Monday 5th November
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No, my S3 project hasn't fell by the wayside, its just that this retirement malarkey is very time consuming !!
What with proper holidays plus short breaks, added to those there are such things as sorting my brother's brakes out, finding the brother in law a new car, project managing the neighbours garage conversion, etc etc. And now I'm readying my Panther Kallista to be show ready for this weekends NEC classic car show.
However some S progress has been made...
All new/modified brake parts now fitted & piped up (left dry for now).
Remote oil filter & oil cooler fitted
The Jag V6 now has a full water cooling system in place (left dry for now).
I didn't intend it being blingy blue, but no stockist could supply everything it needed in black.. Oh, the green plastic pipe is just a mockup until I get some alloy pipe swagged.
Mondeo V6 main cooling fan added engine side of the alloy radiator.
Pas rack now fully piped up (left dry for now).
Modified bonnet hinges fabricated & fitted to give wide opening.

Of course, there's still plenty to do through the winter..
Next to do is positioning the new fuel regulator & associated fuel hose to the engine, although I have already renewed the tank hoses through the new filter & pump up to the engine bay.
Then there's concluding the rest of the engine bay wiring to the sensors etc.
After that Haha, I might treat myself to a change of scenery... By working inside the cockpit, loads of cosmetic upgrade work to do there...
The work continues...
TerryB.



Fefeu52

21 posts

1 month

Tuesday 6th November
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Very interesting project and meticulous work thumbup Respect.

I just notice a detail : Why did you change the damper bushes on front dampers by new ones, instead of replace it by spherical bearing ? (thanks to Phillpot)





https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

My bushes were destroyed after just few hundreds miles. I think the problem comes from the S front suspension geometry design. There is not the same problem on rear dampers. Rear bushes seem to survive much longer.

I bought 4 COM8T bearing for less than 15 pounds. For the spacers, you can cut the bush axles to 1/2' length (8 times). And you also need 8 internal circlips for 1 inch hole.

Edited by Fefeu52 on Tuesday 6th November 18:14

phillpot

14,410 posts

118 months

Tuesday 6th November
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Fefeu52 said:
My bushes were destroyed after just few hundreds miles. I think the problem comes from the S front suspension geometry design. There is not the same problem on rear dampers. Rear bushes seem to survive much longer.
Funny, it was my rears that failed before the front. Avo blamed it on poor suspension geometry, I reckon they're just crap bushes and not helped by the circlip grooves cutting into them?

An old post on the subject.......... AVO bushes




Edited by phillpot on Tuesday 6th November 18:23

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Blue 30

Original Poster:

244 posts

52 months

Tuesday 6th November
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In direct reply to fefeu52...
Simply put, it was due to my ignorance that such spherical bushes are available as replacements for the AVO poly bushes.
At that time I just did the obvious (to me anyway) in contacting AVO to order 'same as' replacements.
But of course, now knowing this new info, I will be swooping over to spherical bushes as soon as the poly bushes show any signs of wear etc.
Thank you for that info.
Oh, the rears are GAZ with spherical bearings !
TerryB.

Kitchski

5,967 posts

166 months

Wednesday 7th November
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phillpot said:
Funny, it was my rears that failed before the front. Avo blamed it on poor suspension geometry, I reckon they're just crap bushes and not helped by the circlip grooves cutting into them?

An old post on the subject.......... AVO bushes


Those bushes have been rotating in the bore of the housing on the damper body. It'd kill any bush, as they're not supposed to do that. The crush tube is supposed to rotate inside the bush itself.