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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by reliant-reviver » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:08 pm

Good work!

Can I interest you in a pair of new uprated front springs (also powdercoated!) ?


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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by nickkeyser » Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:09 pm

Looking good! Shame you wont be at Curborough.


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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by Crouchie_b » Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:52 am

Just a few photos of the suspension refurb progress.
The upper wishbones now have their new ball joints & poly bushes.
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The lower wishbones also have new ball joints & poly bushes.
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The hubs have been split, painted, longer studs added and new bushes pushed in.
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All that's left to do is to add the engineered vented discs before they are pushed back together again.


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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by Crouchie_b » Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:16 pm

Well another week passed and another Curborough has been missed but on the positive side HHH now has it's newly upgraded front suspension on.
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Just to re-cap
Top wishbones removed, strengthened added, blasted, powder-coated, poly bushed & new top ball joint fitted.
Upright removed, hub split, solid disc removed, hub & upright painted in thinned hamerite, vented disc fitted, new bearings fitted.
Lower wishbones removed, blasted, powder-coated, poly bushed & new lower ball joint fitted.
Front anti-roll bar removed, bar & brackets blasted & powder-coated, poly bushes added to ARB brackets & drop-links.
It's all been re-assembled but I couldn't face putting the 14" springs that it came with back in. It has always looked like it sat to high so I've used the old race springs from the SST but will a seat spring to raise the height a little and to kill the road noise a bit.
It's all a bit Cheshire for me but should last a while :lol:
I feel like I've made a descent step forward but the list is still reasonably long...
Rear suspension & LSD fitting
Brake calipers, hoses & hard pipe renewals
Intercooler, pipe work & the return of the hockey stick
Not forgetting, fitting the new speedo cable, changing the door hinge pins, replacing the boot gas struts, oh and paint :roll:
Thanks for reading ttfn


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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by Crouchie_b » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:27 pm

Well another month has disappeared but there has been some progress. Having finished the front suspension I turned to the rear suspension.
I picked up a 3.62 LSD diff of e-bay with splines instead of the usual flanges but the case had had a hard life. It was cheap so I had the case swapped with the original from the SST and added new seals. The bearings had covered very little mileage and the guys doing it said that they were unmarked so didn't need changing. I did however get them to drill & tap a drain plug in the bottom of the case which utilised the magnetic filling plug from the now spare casing. This means I can drain & fill the diff oil without removing it from the car. It's something that I've done on the sprint car where the diff gets much more abuse but it still seemed a good idea.
The diff cage was shot blasted & powder coated and the LSD bolted in. Having already strengthened, powder coated & poly bushed the trailing arms, I bolted on the back plates with new 22mm brake cylinders. Once the new copper brake lines have arrived from Queensbury Rd I'll fit them before fitting the the trailing arms to the car.
Next on the list was to remove the old diff, driveshafts & trailing arms and fit the new diff & cradle. After 4 hours of struggling with inaccessible nuts & bolts on trailing arms & the diff cradle, I was covered in dirt, grease & easing oil but the old stuff was all off & the LSD is fitted.
Next is to split the driveshafts from the old trailing arms, check the cv joints & boots and re-assemble. No photos this time but will post some when it's done.
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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by CNHSS1 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:52 pm

Nice one Crouchie 8)


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Post by Nick » Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:59 am

Keep thinking of next season........................


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Post by Crouchie_b » Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:06 pm

Well the six month of the winter have been and gone and at last some progress :roll:
I have at last fitted the rear suspension and the LSD. The strengthened trailing arms were fitted with poly bushes, freshly painted back plates with larger wheel cylinders and new copper hard pipes. The trailing arms were bolted up and stainless steel flexi pipes fitted.
The drive shafts where stripped of the in-board tri-lobe cv joints, painted and then new lobro cv joints added to mate up to the flanged outputs of the LSD.
Yes, the very rare splined output LSD turned out to be a flanged output LSD without the output flanges - the joy of e-bay! Luckily a mate from sprinting had a couple left over from his days of blowing up 7" LSD's with a mental Cossie Sierra.
The diff was stripped and a drain hole tapped in the base to accept a spare magnetic plug. New seals were fitted and the newly rebuild diff was installed in the powder-coated diff cradle and fitted up to the drive shafts. Once all bolted up the cradle was bolted up to the chassis.
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It's still leaves a fair list
-new split pins for the drive shaft to fit
-fill the diff
-new copper pipes from the flexi-pipes to the master cylinder to fit,
-brake shoes & drums to fit,
-blast & powder coat the rear anti-roll bar
-fit the rose-jointed drop links
-fit the front calipers
-fit the front stainless steel flexi-hoses
-fit the new copper brake pipes
-sort out a few repairs to the loom
So a bit to go one with!


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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by b.c.flat hat » Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:38 pm

Hi son, 'ave PMed yer!



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b.c.flat hat wrote:Hi son, 'ave PMed yer!
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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by scimmy_man » Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:54 pm

typical Yorkshire, too tight to use a phone :lol:


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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by Crouchie_b » Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:14 pm

So the result of the pm's with Dad have had the result of moving the car on a bit further :smile:
The eBay spacers I purchased weren't thick enough to make the callipers fit with the machined vented discs so I returned to the method used on the original upgrade I did on the SST.
Just to recap, I want vented discs to tackle overheating, that I've had boil the brake fluid before, but I don't want or need bigger brakes, as the braking effect is enough for the weight/power of this hot road car package.
So I sent the spacers to Dad and asked him to make them out of some thicker material. He has yet again come up trumps and the spacers are now installed with new o-rings & longer bolts. To ensure they look the part as well I finished them off with some paint, red of course:lol:
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And if you've got red front callipers, it don't look right unless you've got red rear drums!
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Now I've got to fit them & the new brake pipes!
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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by scimmy_man » Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:18 pm

very cheshire


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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by Corky » Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:33 pm

Oooo nice shiny red calipers ! :D

Nice idea spacing the original calipers. Was using two lots of spacers an option ? Also what vehicle were the discs originally for ? I can't see it in the thread.

Edit:- Just read the other thread. I remember now :oops:
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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by Crouchie_b » Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:36 pm

scimmy_man wrote:very cheshire
Nope... About 5 miles outside the boarders but there is some leakage :lol:
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