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Dallas Herald

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  1. Hi all, hope you’ve all managed a weekend of tinkering or driving your Triumph in the nice weather? I got what I could rebuilt while await the lower wishbone. Really must get welding on my qualifications as some mobile welders wanted a small fortune for the job! The new TRE is on along with new shock and spring. The shiny engine bay shroud is back in (although I nearly took the radiator out so as not to scratch the new paint job 😬). Upper wishbones and too ball joint in place and I’ve rebuilt the vertical link, calliper bracket, trunnion and disc shield ready for mounting. Hopefully an hour or so to go and we’ll be off to the local garage (thankfully about 400yds away) to have the tracking done. I can’t wait 😀😀
  2. Work continues on the car between actual work and now isolating as the lad has tested positive. Sadly this doesn’t mean more time for VB as WFH there’s not much change 🙄 However, all parts are cleaned, some are primed and some are ready to go back on the car. The second shock/spring unit is together and I’m so pleased I decided to include those in the refurb (seems silly not to have, really). sprayed the turret with some Signal Red and then noticed it’s Kia Signal red so has a rather hive shimmer to it 🤦🏼‍♂️ Still, better cleaned and painted to look Korean than not at all 😂 also got the tie rod cleaned up and painted, too. All in all, I’m very pleased with progress so far and have LOVED doing it.
  3. Welding is currently beyond my skill set (and tool box) but I’ll gladly have it repaired rather than bin what can be fixed. I’ll have a local garage who can do the job, I think 😬 Thanks for tips, peeps. I’ll get it cleaned up and then find a repairer.
  4. The Nearside is stripped off the car. The TRE lock nut was far easier to remove as it was one of the first things I did so had the rest of the set up to turn against. Everything else came off nice and easy; again I can only put that done to the daily prep with WD40 before lifting a socket. getting through some bits cleaned, derusted and primed and progress is going well. however, I’ve come across an issue with the lower wishbone set up. I think this is a rhetorical question as I’m fairly confident of my next move! But, think this has seen the end of its useful life? seems there’s been quite a bit of significant movement for some time and the hole has almost doubled in size! This is in the leading face of the wishbone and then on the rearmost bush spacing, this: I wonder if they’re linked and the wear and movement has resulted in the spreading of the other end. I think it’s seen it’s time on the car, now I just need to find another (unless anyone thinks this is worth a salvage attempt as I’m always keen to repair rather then bin?). Work on the rest continues with primer on some parts last night. Will get through the rest this afternoon hopefully and I think I’ll clean up the suspension turret this time, too. I never done it on the offside, and I now regret it 🤦🏼‍♂️
  5. Nope, my fault 🤦🏼‍♂️ You clearly said bottom of the plate to the middle of the bottom bush and I ‘heard’ bottom plate to top bush. *walks off to the garage* you’ll see but to confirm neither of these are under load of the spring but the plate is as low as it can go. The newer shock has a larger bush seat diameter but the centre point is not too far off the original
  6. Here is the old nearside set off the car: curiously the measurement is 9 1/2 inches but when I rolled I noticed it looked longer: This sits at 9 3/4 inches! Both measures are from bottom of lower pan to top of top plate. And a thought hit me that I won’t be able to take a side by side picture as I’m using the same top plates 🤦🏼‍♂️ When I assemble the new set, I’ll measure again for comparison.
  7. Yep, of course. If it helps in some way for someone, always worth it. probably be over the weekend and I’ll post up here 👍🏼
  8. Offside is DONE!! The new oversize bushes arrived today from Rimmers 😃 and so I jumped into the garage this evening. With the top plate painted and dry (pic 1) I rebuilt the shock/spring assembly. (Pic 5). This had a little bit of trial and error as the first attempt showed me that once off the compressor, there’s little chance of spinning the shock so that the lower bolt hole lines up 🤦🏼‍♂️ Once sussed, in she popped. Another job while under there was the new greasable TRE and new TRE lock nut. The old nut was seized onto the rod and purely by chance I watched a chap on Twitter who had the same issue on his Fiesta ST. I watched his video and knew that was the solution; grinding disc to about 3/4 (Pic 2) of the way through the nut, last bit of cut (making sure to avoid the thread of the rod) with a junior hacksaw and when I prized a flat screwdriver in and twisted, the nut gave way and actually snapped in half! A clean of the threads, some copper seal and the new TRE and lock nut (pic 3) were secured on (I don’t think I’ll ever forget it’s 21 spins on the thread, from the old coming off 😊). All in all, a brilliant evening and it’s into the nearside this weekend. To be fair, it’s not been a technically difficult job, it’s nuts and bolts and bit of care and the end result is quite delightful (Pic 4). Now I’ve conquered all the trials and tribulations of the offside, I’m hoping the nearside will go a bit smoother. Famous last words... For now, I’m off to find out how I can put the images in the right place of my updates 😊
  9. Tonight’s efforts have been BRILLIANT. A real sense of achievement as the offside suspension refurb is DONE! The spring compressor did the job brilliantly (Pic 2) and now it all looks a whole lot better (and I imagine will perform much better, too 😬). Pic 1. I managed to removed a seized TRE (pic 3) lock nut while I was there, too, thanks to watching a chap on Twitter deal with exactly the same problem today! Fate was on my side tonight! Nearside starts at the weekend 😬😃
  10. And my top plate looks like your first, Colin so I’ll opt for using one above the upper bush and one below the lower. thanks Gentlemen, that’s my job for this evening sorted. Pics later 😃
  11. I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at that very page over the last month or so 😂 The diagram at the link seems to suggest the wordgram I’ve listed above. (Yet Qty required stated as 6 required?? 3 on each side??). Might just leave them off, avoid the confusion 😬
  12. I note when dismantling the old set up that each bush has a cup both above and below (of course with the top plate between) so, from top to bottom, diagrammatically, in words: nut nut bush cup bush bush cup top plate bush cup bush bush cup shock New shock only had cups where bold. Should I opt for the above or only top and bottom? Conscious that the top plate has ‘cups’ as part of it. 🤷🏼‍♂️
  13. It is interesting, isn’t it? The stock item from Rimmers is different to the original. I get that R&D moves on and things change (hopefully for the better) but I was flummoxed by the lack of info available when buying them. But then that doesn’t take much 😊😬
  14. Current job then is the front suspension. Pic 1 is the starting point and I think most will agree, long overdue! I stuck my head into the WSM and an old Haynes for a few nights before hand and a pre job ritual for a week became each night heading out to the garage and giving each nut or screw a blast of WD40. I did this for a week before picking up a single spanner and I think paid dividends as I had no issues with getting any off. Once it was all off, the job moved onto making good. Pic 2 is all the bits stripped of rust and muck before being getting 2 coats of primer, each drying for a minimum of 24 hours. I learned a lot taking these apart: what callipers I had (type 12 (and was unsure as they were added as an optional extra at build)) the inners of a Trunnion, and that I didn’t have a 7/16 deep drive socket (thank you eBay!). It was clear that with all my new parts arriving (TRE, Top ball joint, blue poly bushes and various nuts, bolts and washers) that the shock and spring just weren’t going to cut it! The shock and spring wasn’t on the initial list of jobs; mission creep! New ones ordered and I got to this stage (Pic 3). Clearly a ‘shocking’ sight with those rusty things 😬😊 With the wonderful assistance by way of a loan of a plate type spring compressor from Pete at Herts and Beds area, I’ve so far got the offside set apart and am awaiting the correct oversize polybushes from Rimmers. And there’s a thing. I ordered the shock, spring and bushes from Rimmers and yet I’m held up in progress as the catalogued and sold poly bush (part 119450) might indeed fit my old shock but the newly supplied shock has a far larger diameter at the lower bracket. A little annoyance that might have been avoided with a bit of info on the site. Big kudos to Rimmers, on discussing it with them the correct parts are winging there way to me as I type. One struggle currently is it appears the locking nut on the TRE has become one with the track rod. An attempt at locking a couple of nuts further up the thread and turning against hasn’t budged it (and it was included in the daily WD40 spray) and so I may have to try some heat. Now I need a heat gun... Right now I’m done for the day, letting the black satin paint dry on the top cover of the Shock and Spring and the bushes to arrive before I get the assembly rebuilt and back on the car.
  15. I thought I’d start one of these threads as I’ve done quite a bit on old VB in the past 12 months. I’ll start by saying I’m enthusiastic amateur (much like most in the club, I suspect) and always happy to try my hand and learn new things in the joy that is keeping our cars on the road. Except electrics. I don’t like electrics 😬 I’ll start at the current jobs, the front suspension refurb but will update slowly about the other jobs and any little bits I learned along the way. Someone may find it useful...
  16. Pete I’ve extended and closed the new ones a couple of times to ensure a smooth movement and they’re ready to go on the car. The old ones still have some damping although considerably less than the new 😳
  17. Hi all, a quick update on progress. First pic showing the rebuilt suspension following the refurb and the rather ugly sight of the old shocks and spring. With grateful thanks to Pete at Herts and Beds area, the compressor has been brilliant and I’m now 1/4 of the way through with the old taken apart and the top plate derusted and primed. Will hopefully get the satin black on it today and then rebuilt. Only have to wait a couple of days for the correct bushes to arrive from Rimmers and it can go back on the car! Offside will be done 🥳👍🏼
  18. Hi Pete, might I kindly take you up on your offer, please? I have sent you a PM. Thank you 🙏🏼
  19. Just a thought, it’s not a loose bolt/bush on the bonnet?
  20. Thanks all 👏🏼👏🏼👍🏼 I’ll give the Cambridge team a shout and see if they have one, failing that, I’ll be en route to Luton 😊
  21. A quick update, two hammer method worked an absolute treat and the smile on my face when they ‘popped’ out of the link 😃 Refurb moves on apace now although I have ordered some new TRE as mine are OLD! Thanks again for the tips 👍🏼
  22. Hi all, My front suspension refurb is going really well with the main bits all now derusted, primed and painted. Sadly, it really shows up just how bad (ugly) my shocks and springs are. So, as with many of our jobs I reckon ‘I’ll just do that while I’m here’ has seen an order for some shiny new ones. However, confident they won’t come ‘built’ I wondered if anyone might have a spring compressor I might be able to borrow/hire, please? Happy to arrange courier pick up and return to ensure safe, distanced use but also happy to make the journey if you’re nearby. Thank you 🙏🏼
  23. Thanks, all. Busy week at work means likely not getting under it again until the weekend 😩 but I have the tools and will whack away. I did try it but I think lack of swing space and also being nervous of actually thumping it has kept it firm.
  24. Roger, we are clearly doing the same jobs in the same place! I too scratched my head at that one this afternoon but can now attack it anew this week. My current struggle is the TRE and getting them off the steering arm, but that’s a story for a different thread... (any tips?) Good luck with the refurb 👍🏼
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