Newbie rolling resto.

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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by pigthief » Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:34 pm

Well had some time and the back end is now lowered, was interesting to see what the previous owners thought was good to use as shock bushes, glad I sorted it, a random piece of rubber wouldn't have lasted long.

Fronts are going to take some time, steering rod is not releasing and the lower arm ball joint doesn't want to pop either, new ones on order. Gonna be fun, just need to take my time then I get to drive her for a bit.

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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by pigthief » Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:24 pm

So started on the front today, drivers side shock spring and lower ball joint.
Bloody pig, all nuts cut off to remove, several cutting blades snapped and fired at me, then when it was time to get the shock out the gland nut is bigger than I have felt with before. Bloody good job my dad was on hand to help and fix

When I finally got to rebuild it was going lovely whilst using a vinegar wash to kill rust and repaint, and then the steering arm ball joint won't stop bloody spinning and there is no way to hold it, might have to drill a hole to hold it.

On a positive note car looks good from the right hand side now Image

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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by Cliff » Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:30 pm

pigthief wrote:So started on the front today, drivers side shock spring and lower ball joint.
Bloody pig, all nuts cut off to remove, several cutting blades snapped and fired at me, then when it was time to get the shock out the gland nut is bigger than I have felt with before. Bloody good job my dad was on hand to help and fix

When I finally got to rebuild it was going lovely whilst using a vinegar wash to kill rust and repaint, and then the steering arm ball joint won't stop bloody spinning and there is no way to hold it, might have to drill a hole to hold it.

On a positive note car looks good from the right hand side now Image

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Looking good, I know the struggle with them only too well - spinning joint too. I used some long nose nips iirc to pin it in place while I nipped it up. Not easy at all...


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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by pigthief » Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:32 pm

Yeah had enough today, need to find some backing plates now too.

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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by Stealth69 » Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:52 pm

My brother in law stood on my steering arm ball joints while I tightened the nuts. Same problem with wishbone but I just put a Jack under the wishbone to put some pressure on them. Seemed to do the trick.
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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by pigthief » Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:22 pm

Stealth69 wrote:My brother in law stood on my steering arm ball joints while I tightened the nuts. Same problem with wishbone but I just put a Jack under the wishbone to put some pressure on them. Seemed to do the trick.
class that, managed it today, sorted the thread, recut and gently gently worked a treat.

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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by pigthief » Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:40 pm

Ordered myself one of these today, looking fwd to having it fitted Image

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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by Cliff » Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:52 pm

Now that’s smart given the height of the Calibra. Be interested to see pics of it fitted and how robust you think it is


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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by pigthief » Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:54 pm

Will let you all know, it's 2mm thick and has an access for oil change so can remain fitted

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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by pigthief » Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:01 am

Finally finished with lowering, all new shocks and springs, shock rebuild kits and had to replace the passenger inner tie rod and end as it had seized on

But it was worth the effort I think, as I managed to get in and rust protect a recent weld repair so happy. Image

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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by pigthief » Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:34 pm

Bit of a trial today with bumper paint. Pics tomorrow, it worked pretty well

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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by pigthief » Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:36 pm

This stuff Image

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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by Stealth69 » Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:32 pm

For the trim?
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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by pigthief » Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:33 pm

Stealth69 wrote:For the trim?
Yeah external trim, worked really well. Will get pics in the morning

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Re: Newbie rolling resto.

by Stealth69 » Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:35 pm

Removing all my trim. Will all be up for sale at some point.
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