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    I'm making a log for this because why not. It's going to be the slowest log of all time. It does need a lot of work, starting off with replacing the suspension because the FR suspension collapsed due to corrosion and the RR looks like it's about to do the same.

    It has been sitting for quite a long time now so it will need a lot more than that replaced. I'm going to replace the brakes, engine mounts, suspension bushings, all fluids changed, fuel pump cleaned/replaced, spark plugs replaced, belts replaced and probably much more that I don't know about yet.
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        Originally posted by Andrew View Post
        I'm making a log for this because why not. It's going to be the slowest log of all time. It does need a lot of work, starting off with replacing the suspension because the FR suspension collapsed due to corrosion and the RR looks like it's about to do the same.

        It has been sitting for quite a long time now so it will need a lot more than that replaced. I'm going to replace the brakes, engine mounts, suspension bushings, all fluids changed, fuel pump cleaned/replaced, spark plugs replaced, belts replaced and probably much more that I don't know about yet.
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          A few months ago, I paid someone to sort out the area around my car, it would have taken them 10-15 minutes to do it, but "I'll do it later" except it's later now and it hasn't been done so I had to do it. Because of that, taking the wheels off (which should have taken me 15 minutes at most) ended up taking me 2 hours to do because I had to clean all the stuff around the car and dig underneath it a little bit so I could get the jack underneath to lift it up.

          Anyway, this is the reason why I needed to change the suspension with a reference pic of what it's supposed to look like

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          As you can see, the coils of the spring are not supposed to be touching each other. It is actually slightly worrying because it does look like there's tension it in. Not as much as there should be, but there's probably at least a couple hundred kg of tension. Enough to kill someone if it explodes and hits them in the face.

          Also as soon as I get to the good bits of the work, it starts raining. It wasn't supposed to start raining until 15:00. It actually started raining at 12:30.
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            Originally posted by Andrew View Post
            A few months ago, I paid someone to sort out the area around my car, it would have taken them 10-15 minutes to do it, but "I'll do it later" except it's later now and it hasn't been done so I had to do it. Because of that, taking the wheels off (which should have taken me 15 minutes at most) ended up taking me 2 hours to do because I had to clean all the stuff around the car and dig underneath it a little bit so I could get the jack underneath to lift it up.

            Anyway, this is the reason why I needed to change the suspension with a reference pic of what it's supposed to look like

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            As you can see, the coils of the spring are not supposed to be touching each other. It is actually slightly worrying because it does look like there's tension it in. Not as much as there should be, but there's probably at least a couple hundred kg of tension. Enough to kill someone if it explodes and hits them in the face.

            Also as soon as I get to the good bits of the work, it starts raining. It wasn't supposed to start raining until 15:00. It actually started raining at 12:30.
            Ouch. So has your car been stuck in some overgrowth or something in your back yard ? Just when you mentioned cleaning around your car lol.
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              Originally posted by ENTERPRISE View Post
              Ouch. So has your car been stuck in some overgrowth or something in your back yard ? Just when you mentioned cleaning around your car lol.
              Yeah it is or rather was. I don't have a garage, even if I did, it would be too small to reasonably do work in. There are some rental garages down the road from me but they're those ones that are 4.9x2.4m. My car is 5x2m leaving literally less than no room lengthways and about 20cm either side which isn't even enough to open the doors to get in and out of the car. Also they get broken into a lot and have things stolen from them.
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                All the work I've been able to do today along with pictures of the other coilovers...
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                  Originally posted by Andrew View Post
                  Originally posted by ENTERPRISE View Post
                  Ouch. So has your car been stuck in some overgrowth or something in your back yard ? Just when you mentioned cleaning around your car lol.
                  Yeah it is or rather was. I don't have a garage, even if I did, it would be too small to reasonably do work in. There are some rental garages down the road from me but they're those ones that are 4.9x2.4m. My car is 5x2m leaving literally less than no room lengthways and about 20cm either side which isn't even enough to open the doors to get in and out of the car. Also they get broken into a lot and have things stolen from them.
                  I have seen many cars stuck that way (in over growth) but they are usually abandoned haha.

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                  All the work I've been able to do today along with pictures of the other coilovers...
                  Nice, also I love the fact you have the trust tires under the car....just in case those jacks fail on you.
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                  • #10
                    Long post because of images:

                    Day 2:

                    The front brake calliper with a broken iPhone 6 for scale. Note: I've seen supercars with smaller front callipers than this.

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                    Also got the broken coilover out.
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                    You vs the guy she tells you not to worry about
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                    Slightly annoyed because the new one didn't align properly without needing my persuasion tool.

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                    Then me realizing it's too long because it was set to the max ride height, I had to take it half out again to lower it

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                    Then the final two pictures, one at the top mounting point and the final (sort of) thing

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                    I'm having trouble getting the upper wishbone back in. One side is half way in but it somehow got stuck. I can't be bothered to deal with it now so I'll probably sort it out tomorrow.

                    At least I can say My Summer Car has taught me everything I know about doing this sort of thing. Mostly just doing a terrible job and being able to swear in fluent Finnish.
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                      You vs the guy she tells you not to worry about
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                      That killed me lol. Those calipers are beastly though...could stop a tank by the looks of things haha
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                        Last update until the start of March hopefully. I just put the one in for now because I wanted to test ride height and stiffness of the spring as I did go stiffer than stock. Stock was really soft and floaty, I wanted something that felt a bit more solid. Stiffness by my estimate is about 20% more than stock which is exactly what I wanted so that's good. The other reason why I put just the one in for now is because I'll have to take them apart in the near future anyway. It has the factory (1995) bushings still, I can take chunks off using my fingernails which is a serious safety hazard and I'm pretty sure would be an automatic MOT failure.

                        Anyway, here's pics + interior pics that I never really got before. With the exception of the driver seat and climate control LCD, I've not seen an interior that's in as good condition as mine with the exception of one that I saw that was basically bought brand new, driven to storage and left there until a couple of years ago when they sold it.

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                            While I cannot get a close up, it looks like those leather seats have done well considering there age..no obvious cracking etc.
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                              Got some new wheels. Fronts don't fit because the brakes are way too big, will have to get spacers. Didn't have time to see if they'll fit on the rear but I'm 99% sure they won't be a problem.

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                              Originally posted by ENTERPRISE View Post
                              While I cannot get a close up, it looks like those leather seats have done well considering there age..no obvious cracking etc.
                              Yeah, it's hard to believe it's 25 years old.
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