Another few hours spent on the lightweight’s chassis this weekend.
Yesterday saw the last couple of small brackets and fittings removed, along with both axles.
Today we thought would be the last couple of jobs before getting the chassis shot blasted……
The spring bushes in the chassis seem to be the most stubborn I’ve come across. Several attempts resulted in two stripped and one sheared puller threaded bars, one of which was stainless steel and only two out the four bushes partly removed. Partly because the inner sleeve and rubber came out, leaving the outer steel sleeve in the chassis. Time to resort to more labour intensive methods and the use of a hacksaw.
The other item that well and truly beat us today was the steering relay. This is pressed into the cross member. Having been there for nearly 40 years, it isn’t going to give in easily and resisted all attempts using strong backs and an 8 tonne jack. Being pressed into quite a deep section of chassis, in a deep tube, I have a feeling either a long slow process with a hacksaw, or gentle, precise use of a plasma cutter might be needed to cut the outer casing of the relay from within the chassis. Care being needed to avoid damaging the chassis tube.
Ofcourse, if it’s rusted in that solid, there’s every chance the tube will need replacing anyway, so maybe being gentle isn’t the way forward.
So, it’s almost ready to go for shot blasting, which will show up how much corrosion there really is. Everyone who’s seen it have all said how good it is. The sooner it gets blasted the better. I can then get on with weld repairs and start getting ready for the rebuild.