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16,300 in the end. Strong money for 8 MR but I'd spent a great deal on it and there's not many in that condition anymore. It would still have needed treating underneath in a year or two though to keep it that way if I were to keep using it. Agro...
Started striping all suspension off the front end for replacement. Wishbones have never been changed as foam was sealed inside car. Can’t conplain with that! Going to wire brush it all back, paint and seal. Also well chuffed with boot floor!
Tyres ordered this morning ready for alloy wheel refurb on Friday. Went for Nakang NS2s, would of likes something like Goodyear F1s but they come in just under £350 plus fitting. But to much for a car I’m only going to use occasionally in the summer.
Cambelt today. Looks like it’s the original belt due to some foam items that have to be broken to remove cam cover.
Belt seems to be in good nick with no cracks.
Idle pulley and waterpump was fairly straight forward to remove. Usually the water pump is a c**t due to seizing itself into the block.
Fitted new belt and tensioner, tensioned as per guide by pushing down and forward at the same time. Grips removed at that point.
Removed locking pin from flywheel and cams. Rotated engine by hand 5 times, put locking pins back in and checked everything lined up, removed again and rotated another 5 times and again re inserted locking pins. All looks good.
Tomorrow I will fit new auxiliary belt, thermostat and fill with fresh coolant and start..... hopefully the tension is correct.
Slow going today due to being sent the wrong parts. Typical.
So rechecked timing and tension, removed upper engine mount ready for replacement when it finally arrives.
Fitted new wishbones and rack ends, stripped down the old hubs to remove shock and springs to rebuild tomorrow with new springs, topmounts and shocks.
List of things left to do before I fit the fancy new bits.
- Fit thermostat and fill plus bleed coolant.
- fit new engine mount.
- Once started and happy with belt tension, fit new auxiliary belt and refit covers
- Fit new driveshafts when seals arrive, refill gearbox with fresh oil.
- Swap discs and pads from VTR to VTS as they are brand new.
- paint callipers front and rear.
- seal front and rear arches with Dintrol stone chip seal.
-Double check boot floor at same time whilst everything is off.
- Than onto the nice bits!
How she sits now....
Arches stripped back and treated usual areas, didn’t need it but if I treat now it will stop anything starting.
Boot floor has now been treated to prevent anything from springing up. Interestingly the surface area treated is where the spare tyre was rubbing against floor. Also having the spare wheel bag around the wheel can’t be a good thing hasn’t it holds moisture up against floor.
Anyhow tomorrow I will zinc prime and seal with the same stone cheap sealent I used in the wheel arches.
Also painted the brake callipers. Will look great when wheels fitted but will remove end of the summer and have them sent of and rebuilt.