And now the screaming starts.

Postby GaryS3 » Thu Sep 25, 2008 1:55 pm

Slow going this week, I have been laid up with the flu, typical really, the first time in months we have had nearly a week of nice weather I'm stuck indoors :roll:
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Postby Big Dave » Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:32 pm

Hi Gary

just read your posts, I am taking the axle, springs, shocks etc out of my s2 in order to put irs in so if any of it is usefull to you then you are welcome to them, located in biggleswade, bedfordshire.

p.s. guess everyone has asked this at some time but how do I add pictures to a post?

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Postby GaryS3 » Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:16 pm

Hi Dave,

I have sent you a PM, thanks

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Postby GaryS3 » Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:43 pm

I use the NABD forum photo album http://photoalbum.disabledbiker.co.uk/
And then copy the info into my posts on this forum.

I'm pretty sure that one of the other lads could give you a better idea of how to do it, I use the NABD album because I use it for other forums as well as this one.

Sorry I can't be more help, if it hasn't got a throttle I'm lost really.

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Postby Andy S » Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:05 pm

Big Dave wrote:

p.s. guess everyone has asked this at some time but how do I add pictures to a post?

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Re: And now the screaming starts.

Postby GaryS3 » Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:21 am

GaryS3 wrote:There seems to be a plan for my rebuild to be done by the show in May.

Thanks to the lads who bobbed over tonight and came up with a few great ideas, thanks Dave for showing me how to pop ball joints and the other lads for the moral support and ideas.

I have a better idea of how to proceed now and the brushing and painting will be out of the way in the next few days.
Piccys once Mr g says it's ok to post loads so as not to interfere with his maintenance.

More Chaos later.

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GaryS3 wrote:I now have the steel I need for the chassis and can crack on with mocking it up to see if what I have in mind will work.
Thanks very much for sorting the steel out Mick.

I am also going to get a short length of 2 inch box or channel of the same size to fabricate new rear damper mounts to take the Spax adjustables I had lying about in an old tea chest.

I need to work out how to adapt my spring plates to take the new type of damper.
It'll involve a hole, that much is certain, it's just working out where the hole should be unsure :? :roll:

I am also trying to find out which type of engine I have, Dave recons it's a long block and his sooty finger says the head has been fiddled with. The box may be a corsair. not a standard Xflow.

I'm just waiting on the loan of a set of ball joint splitters so I can get the hubs off for some paint. I have decided to use hammerite as it goes a lot further than you'd think. I used the smallest tin they make and still covered all of the rear of the chassis.
I recon the middle sized tin at £20-00 should see the job finished.


I have a few concers with one or two bits having thought about the discussion in the garage and need to make some calls about a newish steering column, mine has no crush zone in it and I'll need one if I'm hill climbing the car.


One step forward and two steps back, but it's moving along a little and each job sorted is one more step to driving it again.

More chaos when I've had a lie down



mut wrote:Hi Gary,

Not sure what you mean by a set of ball joint spliters but I have a splitter that resembles a split chisel that you whack with a big hammer!

If it's any use to you I can drop it of one night.

Same goes for the 2" box, if you can't find any let me know.


GaryS3 wrote:Thanks Mick,
Will do, I'm starting on the seat mounts tomorrow so will let you know when it's all mocked up.

I'm going down to the scrappy tomorrow to see about the box and a steering column.

I'll give you a ring if I come unstuck.

thanks.

Gary


I'm starting to fit the new seat mounts and harness mounts. I'm also bracing the front rear spring mount a bit. It's going to be taking a bit of a hammering so needs beefing up.

I went for a drive with Dave yesterday in his 1600 engined S3, it was brilliant apart form getting in and out with the hardtop strapped and taped to the car. It's a nice litte example and if I get my car anywhere near as good I'll be a happy chappy. He dropped me a few bits off for my car too and my eldest daughter Kimmi got to play for the senior ladies reserve team so it was a brilliant day. :mrgreen: :wink:

I'm going to see if Halfords have a ball joint splitty thingy, I understand they are not too expensive. Once thats done I can get the front suspension out to clean and paint.

I am waiting for a bit of box section from a mate so I can fab the rear damper mounts up to fit my shiny Spax adjustables to the rear setup. :mrgreen:

Adrian said to keep a photo record of all the work doing the rebuild so I'll be posting regularly.
Advice and critisism is always welcome and will both be considered.

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Re: And now the screaming starts.

Postby Mr G » Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:38 pm

Good to see someone else that get's away with taking automotive parts inside the house judging by some of those album photo's :wink: :D I suspect we are in the minority though :lol:
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Re: And now the screaming starts.

Postby GaryS3 » Mon Oct 13, 2008 6:20 pm

Mr G wrote:Good to see someone else that get's away with taking automotive parts inside the house judging by some of those album photo's :wink: :D I suspect we are in the minority though :lol:


Yeah,Wenders my long suffering spouse has figured out it's the only way to get me to spend any time indoors during a project.
The dash will be made indoors and any other jobs I can get away with. I need to get the tub on the car to check if the new mounts will clear and then off again to weld it all up.

I did measure it all up but experience tells me I'll have made a balls of it and will need to change it at least once.

More later :wink:
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Re: And now the screaming starts.

Postby Jaybe » Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:52 pm

Hi Gary,

Re ball joint splitter.

As typically happens with me, I bought a splitter in France that cost me about £65, then I found these guys on ebay http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Draper-19Mm-Capacity-Ball-Joint-Separator_W0QQitemZ390000878867QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item390000878867&_trkparms=72%3A1301|39%3A1|66%3A2|65%3A12|240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

I have bought some other tools from them now and they seem pretty reliable.

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Re: And now the screaming starts.

Postby GaryS3 » Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:13 pm

Thanks for the link John.

That looks affordable, I think I'll get one and it'll save having to borrow one every time I need to work on the front end.

Thanks again

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Re: And now the screaming starts.

Postby GaryS3 » Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:47 am

I can see a lot better today, I think I'll be able to do a bit later and get some more done this week.
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Re: And now the screaming starts.

Postby GaryS3 » Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:03 am

Back into it today, things are still a bit blurry but I need to get on and do a bit.

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Re: And now the screaming starts.

Postby Big Red Melos » Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:24 pm

Good luck with sourcing all the parts and the rebuild. Looks like your car was in about as bad a state as my Melos! It can get you down for a while, with so much to replace, and seems like it will just keep going on and on..... still what can we expect given the age of the kits. Keep up the good work, look forward to hearing more ,

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Re: And now the screaming starts.

Postby GaryS3 » Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:35 pm

The front suspension is out, the dampers are shot so it's another search for dampers and springs.
I suppose in some respects it'll make sense to lower the car while we have the bouncy bits on the bench.

So thats new dampers all round and a set of new springs for the front. The old ones have been cut down and are nasty.

Photos tomoz of the offending bits.

More later

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Re: And now the screaming starts.

Postby GaryS3 » Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:36 pm

Thanks to Terry I now have a 4 branch for my car, It's another bit that moves the project forward.

I'm looking at a side mounted shotgun style exhaust. Sadly due to my background in bike and trike building nothing ever stays standard for long.
The Phaeton will be a far cry from the car Mr Dutton envisaged when he designed it but hey thats just the way i'm wired.

More later.

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