Rear Axle Brakes
Yesterday was a long day, I ended up working on three cars… I guess it was one of those days where I wanted to get a load of jobs done and dusted, this morning I am paying for it, as it now feels like I have been run over by all three of those cars.
First car of the day was the GT over at Retropower, where I worked on the Rear axle. To remind folks its a 4HA axle, with hubs converted to 4″ PCD and is also converted from drum to disk. Lots needed to be done, first was the end caps on the axle had some casting that were cut off (they just get in the way). Thats was an hour with a grinder using both a cutting disk and a flapper disk, any one who know me with an angle grinder will know I would of enjoyed that.
Once done I was able to refit the cap ends along with the new calliper brackets (some flame cut steel, pre made by Retropower).
The rear callipers then needed cleaning up using the media blaster, which was fun.
Before I can finish off the axle, I need to get some longer bolts for the calliper mounts, paint the calliper carriers (which are soaking in acid to get the rust off) and fit those, then bolt it all up with the discs and get it ready to fit to the car. Thats will be a few weeks off now as Billing is next weekend.
Once home and a cup of coffee inside me, it was time to finish off the Move. The roof wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and a couple of coats on the roof, some paint on the drivers door and gloss black on the bumpers the cars was done.
Last item of the day was to assist my next door “car nutter” with fitting a 1800 engine to one of his Datsun’s. We had attempted to fit one on Friday, only to find the sump was the wrong model, and the whole engine/gearbox unit needed pulling out and the sump swapping over for the right version (to which I left him to it). By the time I had finished the paint on the MOVE, he had the sump ready to fit.
A few technical issues with dip sticks needed sorting out (yes we had a couple of dip sticks alright on the engine!), we also had an engine mount position to sort, but all was overcome and the engine is now in the car sat on the engine mounts. A few beers were traded and drunk and its as time for me to pack up for the day 12 straight hours of playing with toys for boys.
Todays jobs revolve around jet washing the drive down, and sorting the shed and garages out. No doubt they will take for ever, but now its time for more coffee.