A couple of days off work and long weekends, plus a little more help from The Toy Shop Wellington has meant I’ve been able to make some progress this month.
First off, after much procrastination I made the replacement brake lines. I’m hoping they do the job! The crimping tool I bought seems to have done a decent job of the ends, so time will tell.
Like most of these jobs it’s surprisingly time consuming, and harder work than expected, especially when laying on your back under a car on jack stands.
I got some new custom HEL braided lines made up by NZAD in Auckland.
And I pulled out the calipers, cleaned and painted them. I couldn’t resist going for a red finish.
I dropped out the rear subframe. It was in decent condition under the dirt.
Getting the rusty bushes out proved somewhat tricky, so I resorted to using fire.
Old vs. new.
Once that was done, I slapped on some paint and re-assembled what I could.
Similarly with the front.
And it’s in!
I had a bit of trouble with the bolts on the rear diff mount. I needed to get it off to get the replacement mount pressed in, but the allen bolts were a bit rounded off.
After a lot of cursing, the thing that finally got them off was hammering a socket over them then using my 12v rattle gun.
They Toy Shop Wellington pressed the new bush in for me, as well as sorting out a few other things I needed help with.
The other task I needed to tackle was the CV boots. I changed all four front ones, as two rubbers were broken.
The rears were in pretty good condition, so they just got a clean up and some fresh grease added.
It was great to be able to bolt some clean stuff together.
I made an interesting discovery – the pipe from the fuel tank to the pump had been rubbing on the rear diff mount.
The dash gauge told me the tank was just about empty, so I got my five litre container and started to drain the tank. 24 litres and a bit of a spill later…
It took about four days for the smell of petrol to go out of the house!
At least our other car got a top-up!
Finally one evening as I walked into the garage I saw this, and it reminded me of something.
“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!”
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