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PostPost by: vincereynard » Fri May 29, 2020 2:00 pm

After 3 years and much grief Toad finaly rides and handles as I'd hoped it would.

When bought it had Spyder a "double wishbone" rear suspension that I found to be OK - up to a point. Whilst stronger (maybe) and easier to install it was - in my opinion - seriously limited in a number of ways. And too "different" to be considereed original. But it worked OK whilst I sourced a couple of good S/H struts to rebuild. As it happened both sides wrecked their bearing within 3000 miles, which effectively forced the change anyway.

I modded the struts to make them height adjustable, which, depending on the individual car, is probably essential, . This took too long and cost so much I may have been better off simply buying new hubs and strut tubes.

Anyway - I eventually fitted them and it rode dreadfully. The N/S wallowed about like and old 50's car with knackered dampers. I should have fitted new dampers.

That now done, and the corner heights corrected, it still a "bit" stiff (the new adjustable dampers are on the middle setting) but it flow down the Bucks dreadful roads with ease. Just as it should - Success!

A Toad by the Pond - (Penn at 7:30 AM)

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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Fri May 29, 2020 2:20 pm

You won’t want to sell it now! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Fri May 29, 2020 2:31 pm

" I modded the struts to make them height adjustable, which, depending on the individual car, is probably essential, . This took too long and cost so much I may have been better off simply buying new hubs and strut tubes. "

..was this not a simple case of tack welding screwed tube and platforms in place and fitting 2.5" springs ?

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PostPost by: vincereynard » Fri May 29, 2020 3:07 pm

john.p.clegg wrote: ..was this not a simple case of tack welding screwed tube and platforms in place and fitting 2.5" springs ?
John ;-)


I laugh in the face of simple and logical. That would be far too easy.
I decided to go "off piste" and try something different. It does have the advantage of making strut installation very simple. Transfers the load directly to the hub and stiffens the structure.

That's what the engineer told me. Then again he makes steam engines!
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PostPost by: JonB » Fri May 29, 2020 3:27 pm

elanfan1 wrote:You won’t want to sell it now! :lol: :lol: :lol:


You took the words right out of my mouth..

Well done, Vince!
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Fri May 29, 2020 4:10 pm

JonB wrote:
elanfan1 wrote:You won’t want to sell it now! :lol: :lol: :lol:


You took the words right out of my mouth..
!


Must have been when you were kissing me!
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Fri May 29, 2020 4:29 pm

Meatloaf....

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PostPost by: vincereynard » Fri May 29, 2020 5:12 pm

elanfan1 wrote:
JonB wrote:
elanfan1 wrote:You won’t want to sell it now! :lol: :lol: :lol:


You took the words right out of my mouth..
!


Must have been when you were kissing me!


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Do you mind! Some people are about to have dinner. :)
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Fri May 29, 2020 5:58 pm

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PostPost by: SENC » Fri May 29, 2020 9:38 pm

Well done, looks great!
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PostPost by: JonB » Sat May 30, 2020 7:45 am

elanfan1 wrote:
JonB wrote:
elanfan1 wrote:You won’t want to sell it now! :lol: :lol: :lol:


You took the words right out of my mouth..
!


Must have been when you were kissing me!


Highly unlikely. Now poor Vince has to go without his tea. :lol:
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Sat May 30, 2020 7:28 pm

Spyder fan wrote:


Who is?
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Sat May 30, 2020 8:06 pm

vincereynard wrote:
Spyder fan wrote:


Who is?


You is!
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Sun May 31, 2020 4:33 pm

Spyder fan wrote:
vincereynard wrote:
Spyder fan wrote:


Who is?


You is!


I'm intrigued! About what - Spyder or Elan?
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Sun May 31, 2020 5:03 pm

vincereynard wrote:
Spyder fan wrote:
Who is?

You is!


I'm intrigued! About what - Spyder or Elan?


Nope! You have lost the plot.....

He said Kissing ..... You mentioned spoilt dinner.... I said you were right.....

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