A Guide To Front Spring Removal And Refitment

SydneyRoverP6B

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#21
Can anyone supply or have the dimensions of the packing washers that go between the front suspension top bush brackets and the body. Original part number looks like it was 620033 also what are they made from? I have two cars and neither have any camber shims that I can see, but the packing washers look like rubber on one car and plastic on the other. I'm assuming they also act as a water seal around the long bo
They aren't packing washer per se, rather they are shims that are used to correct the camber. Steering specialists in Sydney used to have them, but I am talking back in the 1980s. The workshop manuals will tell you that the camber is not adjustable, but it certainly is adjustable. If you have the steering checked, and it turns out require adjustment, then they can be used, but not for any other reason.

Ron.
 
#22
Thanks for your replies. I can't see any shims like the ones in your photos Ron, just the stuffed looking washers between the brackets and the body. The same on both the cars I have here. I'm going to replace the top link bushes and feel that when the washers are disturbed they will be useless and will need to be replaced, the parts list shows them simply as "packing washer top link" part number 620033. As sdibbers said rubber would be to soft but I guess I will have to dismantle one car and find out what they are made from. I can't help but think someone must have replaced theirs at some time and may be able to enlighten me as to what they replaced them with.
Bruce
 

SydneyRoverP6B

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#23
Hi Bruce,

The packing washers that you mention, part number 620033, I have them on my Rover too, they go beneath the nyloc nuts that secure the top link through the bulkhead. They are made from mild steel, and they are just washers. From the look of your photo, to me, that is just some sort of mastik, which from memory I have seen before. It is not the remains of a rubber washer of anything like that, so I would not be too concerned. Unless you have shims fitted by a steering specialist at some point down the line, there is nothing to be fitted between the top link and the bulk head.

Ron.
 
#24
Hi Ron, Thanks for that information, I will now proceed with more confidence, both cars are NZ assembled ones so I guess it's possible that they put some sealer around them in Nelson.
Bruce
 
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