Hello chaps. Quick update.
Parts started arriving back from the platers and powder coaters last week, so we had a day in the garage yesterday getting the rear end put together and into place. I hadn't done one of these before so its was a bit slow making sure everything was in the right place! Had some good help in the shape of a mate, none other than "clever b*llocks" himself
The last few weeks have been an education in metal finishing to say the least! Its one of the areas of the Dax that I didn't think I did as well as I could have in hindsight. We had the suspension parts blasted, primed (anaprimed I think he called it??) and then powder coated.
Next the hubs. I have some new knock on "Simon hubs" in bare steel for the front and some 2nd hand rear adaptors in steel with 4 aluminium Halibrand spinners from Purple for the remainder of the setup. I wanted to make sure these didn't rust unduly plus the 2nd hand hubs looked... well.. second hand not surprisingly! Spent some time talking to a lad in a company in Walsall called ACF Howell who recommended bright zinc plate rather than the nickel plate I had originally assumed would be needed. Apparently nickel plate on threads is a no no, the deposit being too thick to allow the thread to stay within size tolerance. See below for the before and after on the 2nd hand rear adaptors.
Then its onto the Halibrand spinners. These had a few minor hammer dings but I dont mind that, they'll get more soon enough plus I reckon it adds to the authenticity (move over Kev! )! However they were pretty grubby, beyond a normal clean. Clever b*llocks (who also did my suspension parts) vapour blasted one of them which apparently is a gentler process better suited to aluminium than normal media blasting and leaves a nice finish. Its looks pretty good so the other three will get done as well.
End result (apart from the rear calipers which haven't turned up yet), we have most of the rear suspension onto the car. Good weekends work and great to be back building a cobra again! Front suspension next weekend