Friday, December 20, 2013

Radius Arm Rebuild

If you remember from the post Radius Arm Inspection, my radius arm bearings were a bit knackered and I didn't have the tools to repair them. Well, it just happens that Mini Spares were having a 15% off sale recently, so there was no better time than the present to replace the radius arms.

I took my old arms in for an exchange, and got completely refurbished arms with pins, washers and bolts etc and crucially, the bronze bushes already reamed and ready to fit onto the subframe. Well nearly, the radius arm was black and I want them to be red... many coats of paint were applied.

Hangs quite nicely on the nut.

Monday, December 16, 2013

New Handbrake Cable

While stripping down the rear subframe, I noticed that the rear part of the handbrake cable was damaged. The handbrake cable I have is in two parts: There is the bit from the handbrake lever to the middle and a separate cable from the middle that goes to the two brake drums on the back wheels.

Slightly worrying handbrake damage.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Rear Subframe Strip Down - Part 3 (Ish) - Foam Filler!

Having spent what seems like a spare lifetime stripping down the rear subframe back to bare metal, it becomes obvious why they have a reputation of rotting to bits within a few years of fitting. Well, it seems obvious to me, there are so many nooks and crannies for muck and debris to hide and set the rotting process off. No matter how diligently you clean your car, there is no way you are going to be able to make sure that the unseen subframe pockets are clear.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rear Brake Rebuild

I have been very busy recently cleaning and painting all of the individual parts that came off the rear subframe. In the previous post, I mentioned that I was ordering new brake cylinders. Well they arrived and I was finally in a position to reassemble something... the rear brakes.