1972 Nail Project

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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby 1972nail » Sun Jun 22, 2014 3:14 pm

HBPeter wrote:Looks amazing, well done. All bolts should be checked and retorqued if appropriate after a few miles running, maybe even twice as bushes etc settle into final postions.

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Thanks Peter, good advice. Must spend an evening tightening everything before setting off for Billing :D
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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby 1972nail » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:26 pm

Here's a photo I posted on Total Vauxhall's Facebook page ......It's got nearly 3500 likes already and it's only up about 12 hours.

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I think it looks pretty close to the Photoshopped concept pic on my profile Avatar.
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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby hbpeter » Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:56 pm

If you make it to Billing your going to need to put a fence round it, stunning! :excellent:

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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby fistfullofV5's » Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:50 am

Just love it.
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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby 1972nail » Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:08 pm

Thanks for your comments guys. Another photo to whet your appetite for Billing!

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Hope to get my lower front springs fitted tomorrow.
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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby hbpeter » Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:30 pm

Leave the springs, looks good as it is, they will settle a bit as you put some miles on it. :oldage:

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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby 1972nail » Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:14 am

Sorry Peter, already done! Front lowered about 1 1/2 inches - need to get the headlights aligned again :lol:

While in there working on the front suspension I found a number of surprises. Last week the rear suspension bolts had slackened off / settled in more likely but on the front, more worryingly, one of the bottom ball joint nuts was loose and the taper was loose and rattling - dangerous or what!

Front wheel bearings had settled in - to be expected as old bearings with new grease were used. The inner lower arm bolts had 'settled' in as well, again no real surprise as I had used new Polybushes for these, but one took 5 complete turns! I had tightened these inner arm bolts immediately after my run to the MOT Test Center 2 weeks ago, good old bolts with new nylocs were used....hmmm?

So, the moral here is tighten your bolts when building, go over them again after a few miles - less than 100 - and then go over them again a couple of times shortly afterwards. I certainly will check them again before setting out on the 1000 mile return trip to Billing in 2 weeks time :goodideasign:
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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby 1972nail » Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:25 am

HBPeter wrote:Leave the springs, looks good as it is, they will settle a bit as you put some miles on it. :oldage:

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Peter, let me explain - I was very careful in selecting the photos used so as not to draw attention to the high front end :wink: Keep it a secret, won't you :lol:

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OOPs a bad one one slipped in :(

Even with the front 1 1/2 inches lower I can still get my big trolley jack below the subframe with an inch of hardwood as a protector. Something impossible with our MX5 or for that matter on the rear axle of the Firenza.
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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby Graeme » Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:51 pm

Personally would say it needs to be a lot lower. :mrgreen:

Have you thought about coilovers to play with the height?
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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby hbpeter » Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:14 pm

Dont encourage him! :oldage2:

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