Sunday, 16 October 2011

Roll Cage

All of the remaining interior trim and dashboard elements have been removed to allow the installation of the rollcage.

The dashboard took a morning to remove and was quite straightforward.  How easily it goes back in remains to be seen!
The car was winched onto a trailer we hired for the day.  We took it to Roll Centre who are fitting the cage for us.  The car is so low that extra ramps were needed to reduce the angle onto the trailer and stop the car grounding.
The car had to be put onto the trailer backwards in the end so the weight distrubution was correct.  The trailer bed should be flat under its own weight and the hitch end still be able to be lifted easily.
Off we go on our first towing experience!

Rear Suspension (Part 2)

The used hub assemblies ordered turned out to be in worse condition that our existing ones with both damaged threads and worn wheel bearings.  As an alternative we sent the hubs away to be drilled out and time steel inserts put in. This is apparently a common problem on caliper, head and spark plug bolts.

Both sides of the rear suspension were re-assembled in a day and the alignment adjusted by eye initially with maximum negative camber and zero toe in/out.

The new discs and race pads installed as per the front.  The ride height is adjusted on the spring perches and was set to give us ~10mm above the minimum series ride height (85mm).
 We can go lower if we needed but may have to roll the inner wheel arches.