She's back on the ground. Toe arm fix worked a treat, a couple of high tensile washers on the top and one underneath and the split pins hold everything in. The bumper fix seems to be holding too, a bit of highway speed doesn't worry it so hopefully a bit more won't either. There is another problem now that it's lower in the back in that the camber is obviously way out and there's no way to adjust it. I have only eyeballed the rear toe for the minute too so it'll be interesting to see what the numbers from the wheel alignment come back as. Anyway, despite all this I HAD to go for a test drive.....
I may have scared myself just a little bit. The back end is so tight and if now handles like it's on rails, but something just feels off. I think there a number of factors involved, the lack of a proper alignment, the extra stiffness in the back end compared to the front, the fact my DD is such a boat by comparison, having driven the wife's 121 that morning which has no PS, the now lack of 4WS, and the paranoia of hoping I didn't miss anything on the reassemble and listening for bolts falling out, but it was a very nervous drive. The steering is so precise it's actually a little off-putting since every minor adjustment to the steering wheel actually moves the car across the road. The back is SO stiff it feels like the wheels are barely on the ground half the time. The power steering assist is way too strong so there is very little feedback through the steering wheel, there were a couple of times I pushed the car into understeer without realising and without any warning, I could hear the tires squeal and feel the car understeering but felt nothing through the wheel. I'm not sure if it's any worse than before but I'm not a huge fan. I think once I get the front end rebuilt it'll help a lot and driving it some more should get my confidence up too.
Anyway, a few pics that don't do it any justice.
There was a mid-week arts project in the house too.
I'll try and get a few more over the next couple of days, hopefully showing off the troubling rear camber.