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Two into Eight

November 1, 2014

The day started with the plan to get the front wheels under the car, with that done I could put the engine in. First up I started with the right torsion bar and had issues with the boot, turns out it was not the correct one (although some claim they can be used) so I chose to reuse the original ones. Bar in I go to put the shocks in an I wasn’t quick enough, I’d compress it and faster than I could slip it in it would extend jamming in a manner that It wouldn’t go in. The plan was to try and tie it up, I tried some cord I had but it stretched too much and ultimately broke before I could get the shock in. Plan B I chose to compress the shock using my jack and a socket, with the shock compressed and two hands free I was able to tie it up enough to get it in. Once the shock was in it would slip into the control arm due to the powder coating, with the shock in the car I ground the bushing down enough for it to fit. On to the bump stops, zero clearance to get a wrench in the frame, I tried u-joints and swivel sockets. A 9/16 1/4 drive socket probably would have done it but none existed, I ended up buying a stubby 3/8 drive and got it in. With all that done all I needed to do was put the wheel on, not so quick, powder coating. I needed to remove the powder coating where the wheel centered on the hub, done, not so quick. The wheel weights were the stick on type and were hitting the caliper so off they came, done! On to the other side, I have all the issues figured out so it should go quick, not. Soon as I tried to put the other used boot on it tore. Oh well time to track one down.

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