cheers guys, got to say it feels good to be doing something it it finally after it sitting in the yard for so long whilst I gathered the parts.
so, after I put it on the tilter, I set about the rest of the bottom of it with the blowtorch, a scraper and a wire brush. I want to get as much of it as possible stripped before I start the repairs, so I can see what I'm going at properly. that and there wont be any horrible underseal on there for me to set on fire welding and melt and drip everywhere. this is what it comes out like, factory primer under the spray on underseal stuff.
you can see there ive also stripped one side front sus off to allow proper access to clean it all up. I broke off one of the ARB captive nuts out of the chassis doing that (funnily enough on the side that had been damaged, so I guess it was already on its way out cos of that) but so far thats the only such casualty, everything else has come undone ok with a little lube and persuasion.
I did find this though-
some pinholing to the floor, its been caused by water/gunk/mud/toxic waste sitting inside the seat mount crossmembers inside, and rotting from the inside out, so I'm probably going to have to slice out the floor below them and let in some fresh metal there. nice easy flat sections though.
I then decided that although the tilter is great and very handy, what I really could do with is it totally upside down with no running gear on, to aid cleaning up in the wheel arches(i dodnt know if I mentioned, but the entire underneath is going to be painted in gloss grey), and so I can open the doors to work from both sides. as it happens id just done a deal with someone on site to do a little fab work in exchange for a big pile of used steel, so I took the opportunity and made this behemoth from it all- 15 foot long, 6 foot wide, 4 foot tall (before I added the castors!) I wanted it to be big enough to be adaptable to a couple of other cars ive got to do as well.
I want it to be movable with a car on it, so the wheels are solid steel centres with twin sealed cartridge bearings and hard rubber outers, rated to 4 tons. I still need to add a little bracing and make up the cradles to go from the car to the pivots, but the weather decided to throw two days of constant sideways rain at us here, so I left it for a few days. that and I ran out of cutting discs and gas getting it to that stage.
back inside in the dry, I decided to tackle the front brake conversion/upgrade. this will also use sierra discs and calipers, for a number of reasons. they fit within 13" wheels, they're vented and 1/2" bigger than the stock victor ones so a worthwhile upgrade, the pcd will match the back, the system should be fairly well balanced, they're cheap and easily available, plus theyll fit without loads of machining.
back on ebay, GSF graced me with a pair of new sierra vented 239mm(9.5") front discs for a whopping 21 quid delivered. they did try to fob me off with vetech ones when I specifically paid for brembo, but they say they're sending me some brembo ones as replacement. we'll see. again, I already had some calipers. I tried them over the disc hubs, but they're not ideal as the disc is mounted on the back, like this-
I can unbolt it and run the slip-over sierra ones without too much issue, but the front face is a bit thin at the edges for redrilling to a larger PCD (it tapers out at the edges). so, I tried this drum brake hub on the disc upright-
as they have a solid, plain, even thickness bolting face as you can see and the offset is slightly less too which is beneficial when it comes to mounting the calipers. here it is with the new disc-
handily, all the bearings and seals are the same from the disc to drum uprights. the disc even fits over the hub without machining. like so-
but you may notice, its not hubcentric which is not good, I don't like relying solely on the studs to centre a disc. so, just like you would with some wheels, I machined up a spigot ring-
which is a knock-on fit to the hub. fitted up-
which allowed me to drop the disc over, clamp the hub and disc together, and cheat on drilling the hub to its new PCD by using the disc as a template. a few escort wheel studs recycled from my old van and some ford nuts, and we have this-
ive even drilled and tapped the hole for a disc retaining screw, how posh!
here is is from the side, ive now added the grease thrower ring behind the hub which tapes up most of the remaining space.
just these bad boys to go on now-
so I started marking out for the caliper brackets in 10mm plate. they need to be somewhere between 10 and 12mm thick, its hard to measure accurately at this stage without some pads, but 10mm is all I can fit between the oil thrower and the upright so thats what itll get, and if it needs ot be more itll get spaced out appropriately. here ive marked out the top half to go around the various bits and bobs on the sierra caliper before I ran out of time.
this is looking like it's gonna be a very nicely sorted motor. liking this alot. is it gonna be a daily or summer car?
I'm not sure tbh, I suppose I'm kinda building it as a semi-sensible daily, a bit like your cedric, but rattier. derv with mega-MPGs, low/no maintainance more modern running gear hence the discs and stuff, really tidy underneath (i feel it need to be near-immaculate underneath for the look to 'work') but with a ratty topside. nice interior (the missus has just started an upholstery course ) something really usable without having to worry about it picking up dents and scratches, but conversely not have to worry about the structural integrity of the underpinnings either.
i want a fun small-to-mid size economical RWD saloon thats still has a bit of power for hooning and thrashing the country lanes round here, and ive really enjoyed having the lada as a semi-daily for the last few months as it does jsut that but tbh its just a bit too nice for what I'm using it for, its picks up dents and scratches easily, plus i live in polski-central and am paranoid about leaving it anywhere, ive been followed back home 3 times by poles trying to buy it. this thing shoud fulfill the same role, but without the worry, and no f*cker will want to buy this, lol!
ive got a pretty definate idea in my head of what I want it to look like, and I'm hoping I can hit that look.