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On 13/01/2020 at 23:03, LotuStuart said:

Perhaps it is just getting to grips with a different clutch/flywheel?

No, it's not that.  There's a definite flat spot.  I'll probably try the obvious - plugs - first, and go from there.

Re: steering.  Had the geometry checked and LH camber and kingpin are off spec.  RH and LH caster and toe are off, too.  My LH track rod is buggered, though, so that's the first thing to address before getting it aligned.  I'm getting contradictory advice re the rod.  One expert says that there were two diameter balls used and the old one has to be physically measured before ordering/replacing it.  Two other experts say that there was only one diameter ball used in the '89 SE.  Anyone come across this issue?

All in all, it's only the steering, the flat spot and a driver's door that needs a bit of fettling to hang right that have been issues so far.  Had a good look under the car last week while it was up on a lift and I was pretty impressed by its overall condition.

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