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1975 Elite Front Suspension Pivot bush. Excess play

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Should be fun next week when I attempt reassembly. Now where are those G clamps????

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The final result of the replacement of the front inner pivot bushes is nearing conclusion.

I am extremely pleased with the outcome as it has proved thinking out the box and a some research will produce results.

The local company to me, who manufacturer polybushes, has proved invaluable in taking a multiple of various bushes and customised them to fit the Elite leaving me with only a small amount of fettling to fit.

Sadly, as the guy rummaged in hundreds of storage boxes selecting this part here and this part there I was totally unable to keep track for what car they were originally intended.

What they have supplied is:

2 split inner pivot bushes, sleeves and large side support washers.

2 ARB to lower arm bush kits.

4 top radius arm bush kits (much fettling required I was not intending changing these but thought why do half a job).

All these bushes sleeves and washers only cost £30.40!. Which is much better that two bushes for £50 from a certain Lotus specialist supplier. Added to my now rather large job, I replaced the trunnion bolt and washer kit sourced from a firm called ANG found on eBay for £11.15 to finish off a complete rebuild.

With an extra couple of pounds for new Simmons nuts my total spend was £43.55  and the achievement of a full rebuild not just the pivot bushes priceless.

I think it was Dunc who mentioned a probable fit problem regarding ARB to lower arm bushes replacing the standard soft bushes with poly bush type. No such problem was encountered they fitted very easily and neatly.

The worst part of the whole repair was the top inner radius arm bushes. Although Triumph based arms and outer bushes are used the inner bushes and mounting are pure Lotus. Primarily I had great difficulty in removing the arms and removing the original Metalistic bushes, not unexpected.. The four replacement inner bushes had to be cut down reducing the thickness to ensure correct alignment of the arms to the top ball joint. Easy peasy once I had it figured out.

That's it. On to the next job on the never ending list.

Adrian

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Adrian,

can you post up the contact details of that supplier - I'm going to do my rears at some point soon - and if they can supply bushes at that kind of money it could be a great saver 

 

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Adrian,

can you post up the contact details of that supplier - I'm going to do my rears at some point soon - and if they can supply bushes at that kind of money it could be a great saver 

 

Gladly. the company is Floflex, Pinfold Industrial estate, Rhyl, Denbighshire. A Google search should fill in the details.

I would like to point out that I believe the prices are purely for personal customers,( nudge ,nudge, wink, wink, you know what I mean). Their listings for Lotus bushes are minimal to zero, although giving exact sizes of a bush required may do the trick.

A 'phone enquiry may not produce much of a result. For instance earlier in the year I wanted front antiroll bar bushes. Naturally as expected they said not available. It was found on a visit to their premises that Escort bushes used a 20mm or 22mm hole for the bar whereas the Lotus required 3/4". They found me some demic ones with an 18mm hole which just required a 3/4" drill through with a Blacksmiths drill. Perfect at two for a fiver.

For the current project I did supply the original hardware, lower arms, top arms etc as patterns for a couple of days. I doubt he would or could have tackled things without them.

Adrian

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im guessing this bush will be fromsomething relatively common? what about taking the removed bush to a friendly oldschool motor factors and asking them if theyd mind having a quick look through sone period jag/triumph/ford/austin/rover  stuff..   i have a few cortina bushes upstairs, if you post a pic/diagram on here ill see if i can see anything similar.

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On 17/11/2015 09:49:49, Mark Wainwright said:

im guessing this bush will be fromsomething relatively common? what about taking the removed bush to a friendly oldschool motor factors and asking them if theyd mind having a quick look through sone period jag/triumph/ford/austin/rover  stuff..   i have a few cortina bushes upstairs, if you post a pic/diagram on here ill see if i can see anything similar.

Hi Mark,

Unfortunately, my method of removal of the Metalistic bush from the lower arm destroys the bush completely.

I do not have access to a press.

Again, thinking out of the box I remembered an old guys' solution that was given to me when I was an apprentice about 50 years ago.

I lit a small bonfire of some scrap wood on the end of my barbeque, 5 mins later bushes were gone!. Allow the arms to cool, a quick clean up and a coat of paint, job done. The galvanising was not even damaged.

It is worth reminding everyone that using a poly bushes in this area works on a slightly different principle to Metalistic bushes, hence the large side washers.

Any further detail on this please pm me.

In an earlier post I did list some dimensions (unconfirmed) that I gleaned from the internet. These may help if you are going down the Metalistic route.

Regards,

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Burning out the bushes works in minutes. I have chuckled in the past where people have used presses and all manner of gadgets to remove the bushes!

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