What on earth did I do last weekend??
Progress has been VERY slow lately, just cleaning and whatnot. I had the privilege of being able to use a friends hydraulic press so I managed to push out all the UCA bushings and 4 of the 6 LCA bushings during the week. The last two and the trailing arm bushings are proving very stubborn though. I bought myself a "Creme Brulee" torch (that's how I justified it to the missus) and burnt out the rubber but a) the remnants that are left on the trailing arm will not budge and b) getting the metal sleeve out of the LCA is very tedious. Pictures tell 1000 words though.
Cleaned and re-bushed UCA's
Having two small white fluffy Jack Russell's does not help things during shedding season, their hair gets in everything and that ES bushing grease is like if Vaseline and superglue had a sticky little baby. Still, new bushings give me a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
Freshly cleaned and re-bushed coilovers. Note where the bump stop sits now, since it sits so snugly on the shaft I figured it was better to sit at the top right under the top mount so it doesn't squeak as the damper moves up and down. Also note I've now wound these things nearly all the way down, when I first put these in I was tucking tire with the platform about 1 1/2" higher, removing so much weight from the back has given me too much unwanted fender clearance. I've also wound the damper to its hardest setting, i'm surely going to blow these things up very quickly.
And the dreaded LCA and trailing arm.
What a nice job the press did.
And where I'm at with the other method.
I was not planning on painting any of these parts since initially they looked to be in quite good condition. There was a bit of rust starting to form on the trailing arm where the bushing get's pushed in and I've managed to damage the paint quite a bit getting the old ones out so I picked up some chassis black in aerosol form. Now I'm going to have to paint everything aren't I?
In the end I needed a morale boost so I mounted the rear cross-member and toe arms.
As you can see, I'm NOT cleaning the chassis/body/wheel arches Wing-style. We don't get heavy snow here so rusty undercarriages aren't much of a problem.