Lockdown Jobs

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What jobs are we up to during the period of lock down? I have finally got round to rebuilding four doors that I had refurbished and resprayed four years ago!
This is a great time to get those jobs done that you have been putting off in favour of driving and enjoying the car. IMG_8704.JPG IMG_8718.JPG IMG_8703.JPG
 
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sdibbers

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Last few days I’ve corrected the caster angle on the top suspension mounts with shims, got rid of a rattle that’s bugged me for years (loose rivets on the right hinge for the bonnet, took it off and used one lump hammer as an anvil and another to hit the rivets and tighten them up.), also an extra bit of sound insulation behind the speaker grille in the console (made a huge difference cutting engine noise), extra vibration damping membrane inside the drivers door and a noise suppressor for the electrical feed for the radio. I’ve sort of run out of things to do until I get a spring compressor for the front springs and bushes for the top links. But I can’t get those until I’m earning again.

Car feels so good now, though typing it out means something will happen.
 
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Update, following successful fitting of the doors, (very pleased) I decided to go the whole hog and strip off every panel and get it all repainted. Whilst at it had a good poke around underneath, found a little bit of rust round a couple of the jacking points, and some round the roof, but other than that all pretty good. Just waiting to get the panels painted and back on the car. Very pleased to find so little rust on the chassis have not had any of those panels off for 28 years. I think keeping the car in the garage, & not driving it on winter salty roads really does pay dividends.:)
 

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cobraboy

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Last few days I’ve corrected the caster angle on the top suspension mounts with shims, got rid of a rattle that’s bugged me for years (loose rivets on the right hinge for the bonnet, took it off and used one lump hammer as an anvil and another to hit the rivets and tighten them up.), also an extra bit of sound insulation behind the speaker grille in the console (made a huge difference cutting engine noise), extra vibration damping membrane inside the drivers door and a noise suppressor for the electrical feed for the radio. I’ve sort of run out of things to do until I get a spring compressor for the front springs and bushes for the top links. But I can’t get those until I’m earning again.

Car feels so good now, though typing it out means something will happen.
Whilst you have your ear 'in' can you come over and find a chirp I have when going over a sharp bump - front O/S.
 

cobraboy

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#8
Yup number one suspects.
I have been over the car with some magic spray. If it persists I will need to source some oil impregnated nylon and make another set.
 

cobraboy

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Update, following successful fitting of the doors, (very pleased) I decided to go the whole hog and strip off every panel and get it all repainted. Whilst at it had a good poke around underneath, found a little bit of rust round a couple of the jacking points, and some round the roof, but other than that all pretty good. Just waiting to get the panels painted and back on the car. Very pleased to find so little rust on the chassis have not had any of those panels off for 28 years. I think keeping the car in the garage, & not driving it on winter salty roads really does pay dividends.:)
Good job !
Salt is definitely worth avoiding.
 

Dave3066

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#10
What jobs are we up to during the period of lock down? I have finally got round to rebuilding four doors that I had refurbished and resprayed four years ago!
This is a great time to get those jobs done that you have been putting off in favour of driving and enjoying the car.
I would love to have the time to do those jobs, but like others who have kids and are able to work from home, my days have been split between childcare and homeworking. So my projects have gone pretty much untouched for the entire period of lockdown.
 

sdibbers

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#11
Yup number one suspects.
I have been over the car with some magic spray. If it persists I will need to source some oil impregnated nylon and make another set.
You might want to look into PTFE filled Acetal over nylon. Easier to machine accurately, the ptfe is a dry lubricant and it’s a harder material for wear properties.
 

cobraboy

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#12
You might want to look into PTFE filled Acetal over nylon. Easier to machine accurately, the ptfe is a dry lubricant and it’s a harder material for wear properties.
Yes there are several to choose from, I just used the term generally. It will depend on what is stocked in the UK.
It may be coming from else where, It can take ages to find an intermittent noise, I cannot make it do it by working the front of the car up and down.
I'll just turn the radio up and chill.
 
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I’ve sort of run out of things to do until I get a spring compressor for the front springs and bushes for the top links. But I can’t get those until I’m earning again.
You don't need a compressor. Some lengths of studding replacing the bolts & being loosened off evenly will do the job very nicely:



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Not really, no. There's not much to tell. Four suitable lengths of the correct studding complete with some suitable nuts. Replace each bolt with studding in turn leaving the main length in the cabin & fit a pair of locked nuts on each. Then using the nuts turn the studding clockwise, each a little at a time so the spring decompresses evenly. Eventually the spring will flop down as meek as a lamb. In finest Haynes-speak, refitting is the reverse of the removal procedure.
Using a pair of spanners to keep the nuts locked is slow going but a homemade Harvey tool speeds things up considerably.

The man himself may have something to add/correct. :hmm:
 
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