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Springs and strut testing help

PostPost by: oldelanman » Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:16 pm

Andiken wrote:Hi Roger

Thanks for the input, that looks interesting. What sort of size spacer do you use please?

Also, is there risk of damaging the spinner or threads doing it this way?


To avoid damaging the thread on the shaft I removed the nut completely and cut a piece of steel tube to fit over the thread and sit on the shoulder at the end of the taper, same length as the thread so the spacer sits on both and spreads the load .... if that makes sense. Then, as Alan says, the spacer needs to be just long enough to stop the spinner bottoming on it's thread. I don't think you need to worry about damaging the spinner threads but you are very likely to deform the end of the spinner itself. Mine was certainly a bit less concave afterwards but it was simple to reshape it using a suitably large ball bearing in the vice.

512BB wrote:Was that picture taken in your lounge Roger or your garage? :lol:
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Doesn't everyone carpet their garage ? :roll:
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PostPost by: fattogatto » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:11 pm

http://www.rdent.com/images/36t0268css.jpg

Use the proper tool. I would lend you mine but the postage fees would probably be too much.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:31 pm

That's the same as the sjsportscars tool
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:55 pm

Andy I have a similar one you can borrow, but don?t know if hub/nut sizes for a +2 are the same size as that for my Sprint.

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PostPost by: Andiken » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:17 pm

Thanks Richard, I'll measure the nut and let you know the size. Do you need thread or AF of the nut size?
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:24 pm

No idea ! :D

However I recall I got it from a former contributor to this forum (Mr Mallinson) who had a plus 2, so you are probably good to go.

Drop me a note through FB Messenger if you want - I?m around most of the weekend

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PostPost by: Donels » Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:44 pm

My 72 S130 4 speed has a galvanised chassis fitted circa 1983. Now completely stripped for restoration. The chassis is in remarkably good condition showing just a little surface corrosion where the felt saddle fits against the body. I suspect this is due to the felt retaining moisture so will replace with foam rubber on rebuild.

The chassis was painted Lotus black which had bubbled and lifted where surface corrosion had occurred. All black paint stripped using a hot air gun and scraper, surface corrosion removed using light wire brushing and damaged areas painted using Ambersil 'cold galvanising' paint. The chassis was then repainted gray using Hammerite Straight to galvanising paint. All of my research suggests that painting galvanising is only a problem if it is 'new' galvanising, ie less than 12 months old.

It looks like it doesn't really need paint but I prefer the gray colour to the bare galvanising or black.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:09 am

I had a hub removal tool made with a centre point to engage in the shaft and a flt rear end so it bore on the outer edge of the spinner.
It didn't cost that much (c?10) as the machining is so simple.
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PostPost by: JonB » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:01 pm

oldelanman wrote:Doesn't everyone carpet their garage ? :roll:


I was thinking of doing that, but then I wouldn't be able to roll my creeper about. It has small wheels...
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:21 pm

JonB wrote:
oldelanman wrote:Doesn't everyone carpet their garage ? :roll:


I was thinking of doing that, but then I wouldn't be able to roll my creeper about. It has small wheels...

Thats true but with all the engine oil soaked into the carpet i think the small wheels would turn ok :lol:
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:29 pm

JonB wrote:
oldelanman wrote:Doesn't everyone carpet their garage ? :roll:


I was thinking of doing that, but then I wouldn't be able to roll my creeper about. It has small wheels...


You'll be fine .... just don't use shagpile carpet :wink:
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