To get the car handling a little bit better, it is going to get some treatment in the form of:
- lowered 2" on the rear using lightweight aluminium lowering blocks
- new leaf springs
- new rear shackle bushes
- some necessary repair welding
The axle has been cleaned and coated with Kurust (see above) before getting a couple of coats of Black Smoothrite. The picture shows the locating hole for the leaf spring and just above this was a hole which has been welded with 2mm steel plate.
Here we have the 2" lowering block. Unfortunately, the raised piece does not fit perfectly in the axle locating hole. In comes the die grinder to just take a small amount of the aluminium away to get a good fit.
Sticker on the new Duraflex rear springs before being fitted.
The rear shackles have been cleaned and painted with two coats of Black Smoothrite. New bushes are also being fitted.
Offside rear spring hanger looking a bit worse for wear. The angle grinder is required to cut away the unwanted metal ready for some fresh steel.
The other side of the rear sping hanger is also very holly!! Some of the cill is rotten and you can just see the hole in the rear floor.
Rear spring hanger now repaired with some new 2mm mild steel plate. All welded up, coated with Zinc 182 and protected with Underseal to match the rest of the car.
Lowering blocks now fitted, bolts appear to be a bit too long. Will get round to cutting them shorter soon.
Car not a low as expected but this is probably due to the brand new rear leaf springs. I am sure they will settle a bit lower when the car is on the road.
Rear shot of car lowered, check out those wider treads!!