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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Axel all reassembled!

After the complete strip, I had to put the torsion leaves back in, after five minutes (double the limit of my patience), of fiddling I gave up and consulted a fellow blogger who gave me a tip.

 All the cuts in the middle of the fat leaves point to the bottom and when put together they form a circular indent for the retaining bolt to screw into. the same happens at the ends but make sure you have them the right way around so the torsion bars arms point the right way and the torsion arms are the correct way around.

In the pictures below, you will see the green circle shows the locating dent in the torsion leaves, in red, it shows the layout of the leaves.

In the middle there is the two wide leaves (these have the biggest cutout as they form the deepest part of the locating indent), then you have two more that are also wide and go either side, they have a smaller cutout.

Then you have half-wide leaves, three of these are on each side. Two are put together to form a wide one (for some reason? If you know comment and tell me :) ) then out from them, one has to overlap the split in the two small ones (as pictured) this happens on each side. You can see from the picture what I mean, I hope!
 The red circle highlights the end triangle of small leaves.

The trick is to keep all these together as you feed them through two holes shaped the same and whilst greasing them up - not easy!

My fellow blogger, told me to get a small cable tie, tape or a rubber band and hold them together. and put the correct torsion bar on the end you aren't putting in the axle and that will be a handle. After which it took me about 20 seconds to do both!

needle bearings replaced and sealing washers replaced all round. Torsion bars on and tightened, locating bolt in, damper plates on, dampers on, eccentric adjusters on top ball joints, stub axles levered on using a trolley jack handle, nuts on ball joints tightened.stabiliser bar lined up, rubbers slid on with some LM grease, clamps tightened with mole grips and catches slid on with the convincing of a hammer.

grease nipples in, pumped with grease, steering arms, and damper cleaned, axle lifted into Charlie, top hang blots tightened a few turns jack let off, re-adjusted, jack supporting again, four horizontal bolts tightened most of the way, hang bolts let of and re tightened most of the way, four bolts done up tight, top bolts done up tight, bottom four torqued, top bolts torqued.

With a bottle jack, put force up on torsion arm so damper arms could be screwed into the damper plate, hub plates back on, bearings re packed, disk back on, tightened and adjusted. Calipers on, on nearside, speedo cable put back in, if your doing the same it may be worth replacing? otherwise you will have to strip to this part to easily replace the speedo cable or seal into body! Dust covers back on, spacers on, wheels on.

Steering bars and damper on, steeping coupling fixed together, steering system adjusted and tuned. brake pipes and master cylinder checked. All good! Petrol feed pipe checked, not looking great but is not cracked or split. Will note to replace this year!

Horn cable attached. All cleaned, undersealed and greased. Petrol tank cleaned and undersealed.

Petrol tank cleaned and installed all sung and beautiful!

Earths on either side re-attached breather pipe for fuel tank fed through body, fuel level gauge cable attached. Inspection covers replaced.

After a clean, bonnet carpet replaced. Sub woofer amp re-installed.

Charlie washed!

Battery earth replaced - Beautiful!

N.B I don't own these pictures, I didn't take them. They are only used for illustration!
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