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L399GYP 1993 3.2S

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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby Walker » Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:05 pm

Springs are temporarily secured with a pair of 4 ton ratchet straps, I remember reading on here there is 8 tons of pressure in the springs but so far so good. I have tracked down the spring compressor and will disarm the springs before much more gets done on the subframe.

Pressing on as always, brake calipers I had on the shelf were blasted last week. I've been tinkering about with a zinc nickel plating kit inbetween everything else and think I've managed the basics, it's worthy of a whole write up on it's own:

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Gold passivate for finished colour, looks nigh on the same as caliper paint! The plating should outlast any kind of paint, and is heat stable.

Gearbox mount is up next, I wonder what year this gave up being a buffer? Glad to see MHG7566AA still readily available, won't be ordering bits until I'm sure of just what's needed.

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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby katar83 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:30 pm

I assume you replaced both pistons, what happened with the caliper surface where piston sits? I was thinking about doing mine in a similar way but wasn't sure how brake fluid would be affected if it wasn't simply clean metal :roll:
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby Walker » Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:58 pm

As I say the calipers were quite the saga on their own. Very lucky to have a neighbour who is not only mad on old Ford escorts but also a machinist/ fabricator. We spoke about component plating and I bought the kit, using a fascinating thing called a telescope gauge he had measured the cylinder bore, and after plating he took them back and removed the new material from the guides and bores. Safe to say I'm currently working through a box of calipers for him! I seem to think the thickness was about 0.05mil but can check if anybody needs to know more.

Yes new seals and pistons, bleed screws Etc.
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby Walker » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:35 pm

Well, bit of a busy weekend bit still managed to sneak off to the car for a bit yesterday. Dashboard is now out along with center console, I will be removing the fans including as much wiring as I can off the bulkhead.

I'm provisionally booked in the blast bay at work for Saturday, hoping to have a good pile of parts to clean back to good solid metal. Some juicy new old stock parts such as front brake splash shields top radiator cradle and the ac condenser will be getting a tickle and 2 pack paint. I had forgotten just how much stuff there is in the loft stash, i have found an unused lower rad panel I had 'misplaced' which is another improvement for the car.

Hopefully next weekend will see a good lump of progress, certainly quick enough to take somthing to bits it's getting it sorted and back together that's the interesting bit.
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby katar83 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:14 pm

Looking forward to seeing some pics of that bulkhead :)
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby Walker » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:51 pm

Oddly enough I'm looking forward to seeing it myself! It has been an issue on the car for years before I bought it.
I think the bulkhead is make or break for any later XJ40, the water gets in regardless of mileage, history or spec.

I'm hoping this year's work on the car will be it's turning point, from a car pulled back from the brink and now heading up to a solid state of preservation.
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby Walker » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:40 pm

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Does anybody recognise this part? There is no number on it, it was made 8.93. I found it wedged at an angle in the top of the heater box, when i lifted the dash off. I wonder if this was obstructing the flap, and making the hard to trace boing noise.... somebody has been behind there before me thinks.
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby NMV 1E » Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:35 am

Ah yes - I've a funny feeling its part of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Falcon ............... :?:
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby Walker » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:27 pm

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:

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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...
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby naki_k » Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:28 am

It’s well with the effort I am sure.
Once it all starts coming apart, you will not want to compromise anything.
Hand you figures out a plan for rebuilding the A posts/ scuttle etc?
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