Thanks for the encouraging words guys - it does help to keep me at it, especially after the shit time I've had of it today. I know I've only been at this in earnest just over a week, but it feels like I'm not making fast enough progress.
So this was the scene @ bronze HQ 8am today. Wanted to get my disks fitted, full system bled, and I saw no reason that I couldn't get the engine fitted too. Or at least get the remaining heat exchanger fitted. Must remember to take that stupid pink nerf bar off. Must have hit my head on it 5 times today.
Had a final check on the N/S/R to ensure no oil leaks through that hub seal I'd replaced and was dry as you like. Fitted up my replacement shoes, springs and whatnot. No problems.
In a random moment, one of my chickens came over for a look.I'm not Dr Doolittle or anything but I think she'd noticed that my dog wasn't helping (she normally tries) and wanted to offer assistance.
After standing under the gearbox and 'buck bucking' at me for a bit she went to explore my camper. I don't know why. Maybe she remembered coming back from Cornwall this summer in the T25 and was ready for another roadtrip? It was one way for her, we just bought her back with us, didn't have her when we left home. Like I said - I'm not Dr Doolittle....
So on to the front hubs. Got the N/S/F one on quicktime, coppergreased up the thread for the track rod end I'd loosened to fit under the steering arm and it went in snug. Track rod sits pretty close to the bit (I'm so not tech) where your front beam bolts up, but doesn't foul or rub on it. Steering turns smoothly, happy days.
It started to rain hailstones at this point. Maybe a precursor to the struggle I was about to have with the O/S hub?
Got the drum hub off, no problem. Not really a surprise as it's been off and on the car maybe 4 times this week, so if I whistle it practically takes itself off. Now - when I fitted the disk on this side on my spare beam it was fairly easy. I hooked the trackrod end into the steering arm, pushed the bottom ball joint in and then lifted the upper torsion arm to slot in the top ball joint. Not so on the beam fitted to the car. Even with the trackrod spun out to greater length I couldn't hook in the top balljoint with the rod and bottom joint fitted. It wasn't even close. I sodded around for an hour or so, jacking up the lower torsion arm to give me less gap, altering the length of the trackrod, all no bloody good. I did split both the rubber on the upper balljoint and tear the rubbers on both ends of trackrod though. Good job!
So, after a bit of thought, I reasoned that perhaps the problem lay with the height of the suspension. On my previous beam the two adjusting plates in this photo were set so that only two teeth were exposed at the top of the plate. The car sat low at the front, as it came when my girlfriend first bought it. On my replacement beam the adjusters are set with loads of exposed teeth, and the car sits standard ride height. I think I've worked out that the disk hubs have been fitted with bump stop bushes (the collars I couldn't get my track rods into) so it stands to reason that they came off a lowered type 1. So, I decided to lower the ride height.
Have you gotta be some kind of superman to get these plates pulled up or what?
As it was starting to get dark I had managed to get the plates to a position where 3 teeth are exposed on each adjuster. So I went back to the trackrod. It still wouldn't fit. Eventually, by torchlight, I got the trackrod to reach - by removing the trolley jack so the car had it's own weight, and fitting the trackrod ends with the wheel on the car and the petrol tank removed. Has anyone else been here? Am I missing something obvious? I know I am missing 2 trackrod end rubbers and an upper ball joint now, and I only changed the damn beam 'cause the rubbers had perished!
Back to work on Wednesday unfortunately, so I'll have to grind to a halt for a bit. I still have tomorrow.......