As a break from cutting and welding I thought I'd clean some suspension bits up. I've tried molasses and CLR for rust removal but molasses stinks and CLR is quite corrosive so this time I tried Citric acid for the first time and it really works
Same stuff they use in bath bombs so is safe and at about £6 for 1kg it will go a long way.
The rear shock absorber brackets were pretty grotty after a scrape and a wire brushing
About half a cup of the powder in a bucket of hot water and it's fizzin'
After a day in the solution and another wire brushing
Another 24 hours and more wire brush action
Suspension arm came up well too
and the rear bumper supports
All primed and painted now and hanging up to dry
Happy with that and will be using it a lot over the coming months
It's been a while but things have been moving on
I was scraping away cleaning up the underside when I found a massive hole
You could almost get your finger in it, well I had to try out my new welding set
Still need some practice but that is it - finito weldo.
Then I slipped and whipped the engine out
The engine runs fine but had a few oil leaks so I took the opportunity to do a little mod I've been thinking about. The Minor never had a timing chain tensioner but there's an old 1100 Mini engine that's been lurking under my bench for the last thirty odd years and that has one fitted
A modification was needed to the Minor engine front plate to take the tensioner and Mini timing cover.
I hade to cut the bit outlined from the Mini front plate and weld it to the Minor one and drill a couple of extra holes, one for the tensioner pin and the other for the extra fixing hole for the Mini cover
Minor timing cover
Mini timing cover
As a bonus you can actually get to the timing marks, the Minor ones are underneath for some reason
A splash of BMC green and ready to go back in
But it seems such a shame to put the nice shiny engine in that grotty engine bay
I had to drop the engine back in to get weight on the front end so I could remove the suspension, I know it sounds wrong but believe me you cant get the tension off the torsion bars without it. Then you can take the Armstrong dampers off which also act as the suspension top arms.
So then much stripping out of stuff and masking what was left, a good clean and rub down then a generous coat of primer
Then a splash of colour
I had just enough left in the tin the body shop gave me when Ted went in for accident repair.
The colour on my phone camera is crap I'm afraid, the pics turned out grey so I had to edit to as near as I could to Bermuda blue.
I also made up a blanking plate for the Rota-dip hole
And yes it's true - I've been drinking Bud Light. Fosters give me indigestion