Alright, a funny old week but still managed to get a bit done on the dream machine. Once again a massive thank you to you Roel, (rvdz) for coming up trumps with the proper spring compressor tool. What a really well built tool that is, the pressure in those springs is astonishing! Made short work of taking the springs out, I then set about de-bushing everything. What a swine of a job stripping everything down even with the subframe out, I tip my hat to anyone who does this in situ as access would be a pain. Anyway here is the current state of play at the front end:
Unfortunately I couldn't get a clear run on Saturday to get these blasted but in the coming weeks I'm sure to get them spruced up. A good pile of bits ready for shotblasting, you'll see all threads have a bolt in them to protect them, and around 8 layers of duct tape will protect inner hubs and stubs from I'm wanted grit. I have paint ready to go in the form of a posh zinc phosphate primer and a 2 pack black top coat readily used on our offshore projects which should do the trick. Id like to have everything primed then bushes put in before top coat I think but we'll see.
I'm away with work all of next week and likely the week after that so there will surely be a lag in progress. However there is now a chance to tidy up and go over notes made in the steps up to yet. I will be ordering new nuts and bolts for just about everything, and new steering rack hoses as they are getting a bit crusty.
So with the lump dismembered and the floor cleared I will hopefully be picking this up at the bulkhead and hunting out that rot...