I’ve been away on holiday this month so there hasn’t been a great deal of progress. Some things have happened though and I have lots of phone pics to share. Every part that I pull off the car seems to have some sort of problem, it’s either broken, rusted or perished.

The boxes of removed parts are filling up, and the car is looking less and less complete. But I’m heading in the right direction, slowly!

The front subframe is now removed. At first it looked to be in a poor state but under the grease and dirt it looks okay.

Further evidence that the shocks aren’t too healthy.

As expected, the bushes were wrecked.

A parcel arrived from 034 Motorsport with some more new mounts and bushes. And a short shifter kit must have fallen into the box.

A friend popped around and dropped off these lovely shiny H&R springs. They are lowering springs but don’t look too low out of the car. I’ll fit them and see how it sits, I don’t want it too low.

I finally got the rear suspension out, but haven’t yet managed to get the shafts out of the hubs, they must be rusted in. Also I’ve made the rookie mistake of tapping the end without re-fitting the nut, and have damaged one of the threads.

Looking good!

I fitted a couple of new mounts. It feels great to actually fit something back on.

I removed the main radiator to get to the engine mount, and of course the fan housing is rusty and the rubber flap is half gone. I started cleaning that up and painting it. I’ll get some rubber sheet and make a new flap.

Here are some more photos of rusty things.

I’m not looking forward to the day I have to loosen these!

The car does have a K&N air filter – is this one of the few decent parts I’ve found? Needs a good clean.

So this month has been mostly going farther down the rabbit hole of removing rusty and broken parts. But I’m starting to see the other side I think. The list of parts I need to buy seems to keep growing and growing, as does the amount I’ve spent. I’ll get there though!

Follow the full Project Rusty build here.

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