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Can I ask for some experienced eyes on this please?

PostPost by: tdskip » Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:25 pm

Just doing more ?get to know you ?with the car and I would appreciate some more experienced eyes on what I?m seeing here.

I am obviously missing a brake caliper on the driver side, but to my inexperience eyeseverything else here looks like it should. Everything, to be clear, will need to be serviced and cleaned up but it looks like a stock set up from the schematics that I?ve looked at. Yes/no/maybe?

Thanks!

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:53 pm

It all looks pretty good. The wishbones look straight and the dampers look like they have been changed recently. Perhaps the discs/rotors have enough material to just be skimmed.

You don't want to see what the suspension/undercarriage looks like on British Elan's that have seen several years hard winter use ...we salt our roads.
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PostPost by: tdskip » Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:20 pm

Thanks for the reply, appreciate the eyes on it.

Believe it or not this has sat unused since 1992!
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PostPost by: SENC » Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:08 pm

Looks about right to me. Here is a picture of one of mine going back together. I took lots of pics pulling it apart and putting it back together - there is a thread on my suspension build somewhere here with some of them, but if you run into something and want a visual send me a note and I'll see if I captured the view you're looking for.

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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:41 pm

TDSKIP & Henry,

I cannot really help, but perhaps you can help me. Your spring damper assemblies have shrouds on the outside of the springs at the top. With my car (Lotus replacement chassis) the gap in the chassis suspension turrets is smaller than the outside diameter of the shroud, I had to remove the shroud to fit the spring to the chassis. Do your cars have original or replacement chassis?

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:31 pm

Interesting! I fit the spring covers to my cars as it helps keep the spring centralised and stops it rubbing on the damper tube. In honesty I don't fit them, Ian Gardiner from IG Racing does, in my opinion he's the go to man for damper rebuilds.

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PostPost by: SENC » Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:36 pm

Richard - my chassis is still original.
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PostPost by: tdskip » Sun Dec 15, 2019 1:55 pm

Good day.

I believe my car is in it?s original chassis as well.
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PostPost by: JimE » Sun Dec 15, 2019 2:39 pm

This is what they can look like. Sadly, armstrong shockers no longer available. They really suited the car along with SP Sports.
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PostPost by: tdskip » Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:37 pm

Darn it Jim ? my suspension will be forever inferior to that, which I will be reminded of every time I look at it now.

Thanks a lot, ha.

( Beautiful work, just exquisite )
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:32 pm

TDSKIP & Henry,

Thanks for the help, the opening in my old chassis (too corroded to repair) is 1/4? larger than my Lotus replacement chassis.

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PostPost by: tdskip » Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:07 pm

Happy to be of help, nice to be able to offer assistance rather than be resigned to new owner questions.

Don't be shy if there is anything else.
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PostPost by: JimE » Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:02 pm

tdskip wrote:Darn it Jim ? my suspension will be forever inferior to that, which I will be reminded of every time I look at it now.

Thanks a lot, ha.

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Thanks for the compliment. Original chassis and suspension (powdercoated) with Spax shockers. The car has been cosseted from new.
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