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  1. #11
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    Myles,

    It's like a lot of the RAM car - good in theory but not well engineered at all and in need of a bit of re-design to get it to work properly. I didn't fit one in the end, car handles fine without for road use when the front suspension is set up to actually work. (Front dampers as spec'd by RAM are too short and don't allow any front suspension drop on re-bound, all the spring rates are far too high, bump steer, column routing is poor etc etc)

  2. #12
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    I think I'll remove it then.

    The steering on mine is very twitchy; to drive it fast I jam my arm on the top of the door and steer more by 'flexing' the wheel than by actually turning it (reminds me of helicopter flying). I have a Corsa PS to fit but I'm not sure whether that won't make it worse. A lower ratio rack would help (possibly) but I don't think there is a bolt-in replacement.
    Last edited by mylesdw; 11-03-19 at 11:14 PM.
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    Myles D-W

  3. #13
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    Front ARB duly removed


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    Cheers

    Myles D-W

  4. #14
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    I separated the the engine from the gearbox and put it on the stand

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    The engine levelling bar is great, makes like much easier.

    Inside was a bit cokey but not a surprise, I knew it had been running a bit rich. Bores look great, you can still clearly see the hone marks.

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    A few minutes with a wire wheel cleaned it up with no problem

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    Push rods in a rack in case I want to re-use them or sell them as a set with the cam and lifters

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    Last edited by mylesdw; 19-03-19 at 08:33 PM.
    Cheers

    Myles D-W

  5. #15
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    The paint on the block is in great shape and cleans up beautifully. It is a synthetic enamel called Tractol (tractor paint) that I can't get here in NZ (more's the shame). It may look like Chevrolet orange but it is in fact the colour used on Fordson wheels. It is cheap, goes on well with a brush and sticks well too.
    Cheers

    Myles D-W

  6. #16
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    Interesting about the ARB, Cheng has persuaded me that one would benefit my car, so I now have one, but perhaps it will work as it should given that I have different shock absorbers and springs from the original setup

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    I'd be interested to see how yours is designed. Mine lacked the necessary drop-links for it to work properly.
    Cheers

    Myles D-W

  8. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by mylesdw View Post
    I'd be interested to see how yours is designed. Mine lacked the necessary drop-links for it to work properly.
    I have a proper set of drop links to a bracket on the lower wishbone, which also allows for adjustment. I'll try to take a picture of one end of it.

  9. #19
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    Fitted some new upper ball joints. The previous ones were low mileage but the rubbers had completely disintegrated. At around £13 a pair I replaced them rather than seeking out new boots. These are the sealed ones.

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    The lower shock bushes show some degradation and I'm not sure why. They were a little grimy, as you might expect but not contaminated with oil or anything. The rubber had turned into a kind of soft gunge.

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    The top bushes and the ones on the rear appear to be fine

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    Anyone know where to get replacements? I would not mind changing these for a harder style bushing, nolethane etc.
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    Myles D-W

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    Are the original bushes perhaps the 'goo' filled kind? That's the same failure mode I've seen on those on road cars in the past - the goo inside eventually breaks the rubber down and oozes out as a sticky, horrible mess..
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