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Post by BryanM » Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:38 pm

Swapped shocks round and that seems ok but need back up a bit. Had one shock off and couldn't get spring platform to move. They are Spax adjustables and would have well over an inch of threads available but despite taking spring off to wire brush threads and soaking in wd40, couldn't get them to move.tried small amount of heat but very aware of oil and seals in the main body.
Need to try and raise it tonight as the event is tomorrow and although no speed involved (perhaps!) the roads are pretty bumpy.

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Post by philhoward » Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:47 pm

Not being funny but try a decent penetrating oil?

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Post by scimjim » Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:21 pm

Some platforms have a grub screw to stop them unscrewing - or do yours have a locknut?

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Post by reliant-reviver » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:27 pm

Take a closer look at your platforms and check that they are not two thin threaded collars that tighten up together. Just wondering if you might have been trying to move both at once if the external teeth appeared perfectly lined up?

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Post by Nigel Clark » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:45 pm

Penetrating oil first.

When the spring collars start to move, try spraying aerosol motorcycle chain grease in threads and bottoms of springs. It penetrates then as the solvent evaporates, it becomes a thick waterproof grease.


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Post by BryanM » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:23 pm

Thanks boys. Yes they do have a thin locking washer and have soaked them with WD40 but after going down to signing on tonight with the car, we have decided to leave it alone until after the event as not bottoming out and, having had three very late nights (early mornings!) this week, the prospect of a last minute problem was something we wanted to avoid.

Will sort it when we come back and don't have to fix it under pressure.

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Post by DARK STAR » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:02 am

That looks very smart.
About the same height as mine at the back but much higher at the front :wink:

WD40 is not a penetrating oil, it is a Water Dispersant.
Try Plus Gas or similar.

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Post by MikeT » Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:13 am

Nice looking car Bryan - we need more pictures ;)



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