From Montreal to The Cosmos

Lee

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The winter of discontent has faded into after-thought now that Spring is arriving. Some lovely sunny weather and some much needed time off work coinciding in Scotland.

Job #1596 - Outside Airtemp sensor is done. No longer reads - 40c 😂

80% of the bits ready for a rear end rebuild with a box coming from Schmiedmann in Denmark shortly with a load of spring pads, nuts, bolts etc.

Parking brake refurb kit, 4x bolts for the chassis plates and some handbrake lines... I think that might be it...🤞

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Nearly ready! Brake lines and swing arm bushes left.

Look forward to the next steps.
 

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Nearly ready! Brake lines and swing arm bushes left.

Look forward to the next steps.
Really looking forward to it but also a bit nervous with rusty bolts. @Stevo7682 has got some special tools for the job, so fingers crossed she doesn't put up a fight.

Going to be a very different feeling car from when I bought It in 2019. Fully rebushed, new suspension and 17s instead of 18s.

The list continues as it would now appear I have a larger oil leak than perhaps previously thought...

Had it in for a rust check yesterday. Needs por15on the sills and rails behind the front quarter panels. Outer sills are a little spongy in places too. Added to the list.

The never ending list...
 
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Scooblitz

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The Z has come out of hibernation and got its MOT on Friday after 3 months in storage. A trip up to Pitlochry to stretch its legs. 300 Sunny and dry miles over the weekend and never missed a beat.

Abscence makes the heart grow fonder.
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Out with the old, in with the new. Shocks, springs and braided flexi lines on the front.

All work carried out by @Stevo7682.

Stevo had to fabricate a penny washer to hold one end of the flexi in place as the tops of the connectors don't have an indent like the oem flexi hoses. I would assume all braided line kits will be similar.

The pipes themselves put up a bit of a fight as the flexis wouldn't separate from the brake lines themselves. Cut and shut with a flaring kit to make it all work.

Much thanks to Stevo for his time and efforts getting the cosmos in finer fettle. Up a few millimeters on the front which is no bad thing when the underside has much scarification from being excessively low.

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Brake rotors, just surface rust.
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After settling down, this is how she sits.
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Spring Scottish Run 2022 - Dumfries and Galloway
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Day 1 of Rear Subframe Build

Super sunny day for it. Scottish skin was burnt to a crisp @Stevo7682 both the brains and brawn of the operation.

Stage 1. Exhaust, heatshield and propshaft off.
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Stage 2. Nuts and bolts - Not an easy job at all when the parts are 25 years old and very rusty. Stevo used his induction coil heater which was an essential tool to get them off as well as knowledge, patience and experience working on cars.

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Stage 3. Slowly slowly with the Jacks under the diff and beam. Some gentle persuasion and the beam was out. Around 3 hours to get this stage.
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Stage 4. Breakdown some of the beam to get items that will be reused with the refreshed and new parts.

As she sits now and some overall condition pictures.

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This side not looking so great. Drivers side seems to be more rusty than the passengers side.

Tomorrow will be some cleansing, rust proofing of some key areas, some issue fixing and hopefully getting the fully rebuilt subframe back in position and back on its wheels. Fingers crossed.
 

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Day 2-5

So it was more than optimistic of me to have the build done in 2 days. There were just too many little issues that kept cropping up. However, much progress has been made over the last few days.

@Stevo7682 has done the work solo. I am merely the hander of tools. If I knew what I was doing, perhaps it would have happened a lot quicker. Huge gratitude and appreciation to Stevo for getting bruised up and plodding through it.

Day 2 - In photos

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With a few issues along the way, this is just about as far as day 2 got. Daylight, energy and patience drew thin but Stevo's determination, unwavering. The day ran into night and it was 10.30pm before the tools were downed. Really should have called it a day sooner.
Pictures don't tell half the story as the snagging list was long but Stevo is a proper mechanic and his problem solving was absolutely key to getting this far.

Day 3-5
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My optimism was way off. I had a trip planned after day 2 for a 600 mile trip around the Scottish Highlands which in retrospect wasnt well thought out but hey ho, went in the Mrs car instead.
Stevo still cracked on as best he could and has got the car on 4 wheels. Absolutely amazing job!

Day 6- On 4 wheels


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The picture above shows the negative camber from lowering a Z but to compare to what it was like before... Huuuge difference.
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Cant wait to go out and drive it with all the new bits on. This little Z has had a lot of new parts chucked at it. It's come a long long way since I bought it back in March of 2019.
There is still quite a list of other things to do but all in good time.

Huge huge huge thanks to Stevo who has single handily brought this car up to scratch mechanically. Couldn't have done any of it without him.

When it's time for his Dakar Individual to get subframe bushes done, I'll be there to pass the tools. 😊
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Great work chaps, Stevo you deserve the plaudits mate.

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