De Dion boot replacement and MOT

jp928

Active Member
#41
Very glad you didnt say 'just stretch..' Harvey, I found it quite a struggle! With the wheels hanging I pulled the old boot clear and saw this:-=

Not enough clearance to get the new boot past the studs, so I jacked both wheels a bit, and finally got just enough space to get the boot in place. The tube would only go in about half the amount visible, felt like it was bottoming on the other end. The struggle felt like it must do giving birth....being careful to use blunt persauders to avoid puncturing the new boot. New one seemed pretty robust, not at all flimsy. Applied some new grease after cleaning some of the dried stuff off.
The old boot was well past its use by date.
 
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