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Now you must get this spotless. So the pin can slide. I'm polishing it with a dremmel. Then grease copper slip and back after cleaningband painting the hub. Pretty grim in there!IMG_7154.thumb.JPG.ec70089a3dea239c350c2dc144cb3d05.JPG

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IMG_7155.thumb.JPG.734098eafbb4009cd8eef47ab2315427.JPGIMG_7156.thumb.JPG.a603305c44298cd0f760b32c1bdec11a.JPGDon't think this has been apart since 1982! I have a 6 tonne press and needed just about all of the six tonnes o press the shaft out, scary stuff!  The bearing fell to pieces. Some of it still stuck in the hub carrier. Andy has just done this. He removed the bearing by cutting a piece of bar to fit between the two slots he then pressing it out. I will try and replicate this. New bearings are in order. The Compomotive car has a hardened washer on the hub/ link side.

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Yes, those things can be very tough going. One of mine was OK, but the other was a pig. The risk of cracking the hub carrier casting is high if not careful. And they're difficult to come by.

I didn't have any issues fitting the sliding spacer on the lower bolt. Plenty of LM grease. Copper grease can be an issue between steel and alloy. Read the piece on one of the Esprit sites.

I'm puzzled however, why you're doing this now. I thought you'd finished with the chassis and running gear?

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I had a change at work which meant I didn't have time to do the hubs. I had to get the chasis rolling so the body could be put back on it. I have also discovered I was missing the factory engine harness. Luckily there was a new one on eBay. I picked it up from Bell and Coville. My jobs are still racking up almost three years of hard work. What's made this so much more time consuming is striving for a James Bond exact copy. Never mind I'm geitting there now. Picking up seats tomorrow from Mr Fulcher, very excited! 

Thanks to Chris on here I have just replaced my defective rear Goodyear NCT tyre. The other had a leak and an inner tube! Now I have the fun of painting the Goodyear letters! 

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I know the feeling. Just put the bonnet stay on my S1 after nearly a month off from working on the car. That took an hour of fettling.

It'll be 3 years this summer for me. Hopefully it'll be on the road by its anniversary.

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Lots of pictures please sir!

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https://www.instagram.com/davidjinks/

I can't post photos on here as I'm not a full member, and don't really need to be TBH. I had already acquired the Lotus Archive certificate etc.

Some photos on my Instagran feed.

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Looks very very good!

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Yes, I'm very pleased with it. It's a total labour of love. Everything takes ages, though most things are quite straightforward, just have to be careful.

I hadn't started it when we met at  the Brands Hatch meet. I came away inspired by yours, @JNW3's and @jonroberts' S1s, and convinced that I hadn't actually bought a glorified kit car. Which it is of course, but it can look like a great production car with care.

It's now virtually ready for the road. Just need to sort the instrumentation, then I can fit the binnacle, and then the windscreen and rear hatch glass.

Though being self-employed, and with the Brexit economic slow down taking an effect on business I can't afford the interior retrim. So that'll have to wait until another year. As yet unspecified... Could be quite a while.

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57 minutes ago, Fridge said:

https://www.instagram.com/davidjinks/

I can't post photos on here as I'm not a full member, and don't really need to be TBH. I had already acquired the Lotus Archive certificate etc.

Some photos on my Instagran feed.

David, you can attach photos via the "drag files here . .." link at bottom of your reply draughts. FYI

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18 minutes ago, drdoom said:

David, you can attach photos via the "drag files here . .." link at bottom of your reply draughts. FYI

Full members only I think. I blew my limit by the end of 2016.

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17 minutes ago, Andyww said:

I'm going through this process as well having just replaced the bearings, but the new sleeves are really tight even after carefully cleaning up the casting holes.

I am worried that by simply tightening up the stud to pull the sleeve inwards towards the lower link when fitted might crack the ears off the casting, so I am trying to devise a method of doing this without applying all the load to the casting itself.

 

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That was exactly my worry. It's definitely a casting you don't want to break!

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You're over thinking it, there's more chance of popping the lug than breaking it off completely, lug breaking is for neanderthals with hammers, it will wind in there as it was designed to like a knife through butter.

Anyhow, the lower link bush needs to be in there before you can position it properly as the split spacer produces the correct clamping force on the snubbers, so you may as well wait until final assembly, it's gotta move some more from where tis.

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I'd also advise reading up on the use of LM grease on these as opposed to copper slip.

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I've done this job before on the S1. Should be complete soon. Just debating whether to Aqua blast the parts?

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8 hours ago, Steve V8 said:

You're over thinking it, there's more chance of popping the lug than breaking it off completely, lug breaking is for neanderthals with hammers,

You are probably right, I might be worrying unnceccesarily.

Quite a few of these seem to get broken but all seem to be on the dismantling, either by using a hammer or by trying to turn the stud or push it out when its seized into the casting. 

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Those seats look perfect! Done exactly (from what I can see in the photos) as to factory, something not so commonly done nowadays, very nice!

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Thanks, he has done an outstanding job. 

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You must be very happy now Fabian - it’s all coming together beautifully👌😎

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Yep, it seems been a long time- but getting there!

my car.IMG_7175.thumb.JPG.f40ee09357c809decd26ec281cffdd27.JPGBond car

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Just need the Cortina backdrop on the garage wall and you’re there😉

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