Steph's '78 1200

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Steph's '78 1200

Postby Steph » May 6th, 2010, 8:17 am

I thought I'd create one of these threads to document my progress, instead of posting it all over the shop.

On Monday I had the front suspension and brakes replaced. This included; new struts, lower control arms, tie-rod ends, driveshafts, wheel bearings, steering rack boots, all the rubber bushes were replaced with urethane bushes, discs, pads, and brake hoses. I have to say the difference is enormous. The ride is smoother, but the cornering is just amazing. I had to do a quick U-turn yesterday and the car felt like it was glued to the road. It didn't just turn, it actually felt a little disturbing, because I'm used to all the body roll and understeer, and by applying the regular amount of force to the steering, the car abruptly turned and all the time stuck to the road, without any squealing.

Next week I hope to get the rear suspension and brakes fitted.

I'm planning on fitting my wheels this weekend, so picture to come,

Steph

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Postby AvianMan » May 6th, 2010, 1:00 pm

Can't wait to see the pictures!

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Postby islander » May 7th, 2010, 12:23 pm

where were you able to find all of the new suspension parts :?:

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Postby Steph » May 7th, 2010, 6:49 pm

islander wrote:where were you able to find all of the new suspension parts :?:

All over the place, a bit here, a bit there, and before I knew it I had it all. I was able to find a quantity of new lower control arms for $22 each, which were distributed to a couple of local members. I also found front struts on eBay which cost $70 for the pair. I even found a bunch of new discs for $22 each.

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Postby Steph » May 9th, 2010, 4:31 am

This weekend I repaired my bumper ends and repainted and refitted them. I also painted the bumper overriders/guards that Anthony supplied me. I've painted my bumper ends before, but I didn't do the prep work properly, so the paint didn't adhere, but this time I really made an effort to get it to stick. I used #36 grit to rough up the surface in a big way, then filled any imperfections with this excellent filler from the UK. It's called David's Isopons P38 filler, and it's the best stuff I've ever used, but then again, I've only ever bought auto store filler. The P38 is really easy to sand, and retains good flexibility. I love it. So once I had filled and sanded it back reasonably well, I then sprayed primer/filler on in a generous manner, then sanded it back removing any imperfections, then I did the same all over again until there wasn't the slightest imperfection. I sanded it in the sunlight which helps pick up the lightest of overlooked scratches. So this is where I was at this stage...

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From there I gave them all a coat with a bumper bar and plastic paint in satin black, and this is how they came out...

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Then I repainted my bumpers, and refit the bumper ends while off the car on a couple of A frame trellises. This is the best way by far to refit them, as it's a real pain otherwise. So this is how it ended up...

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Postby Steph » May 9th, 2010, 4:38 am

Next job is to fit the new wheels, and paint the front grill and headlight surrounds :D

Steph

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Postby joshuao » May 9th, 2010, 9:44 am

As always - looks like an A1 job Steph :D

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Postby Steph » May 9th, 2010, 3:29 pm

Thanks Josh :D


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