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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:47 pm
by Clueless1
Hi, so I started cleaning up the upper wishbones and guess what I found?!! Fresh air!! One side has the crack where it should be(?) and on the other side the shock absorber bracket is rusting through. Can I get away with strengthening the shocker bracket and just plating the upper ball joint bit?
Also what’s the best (easiest) way to remove the old rubber bushes?
Cheers.

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:15 pm
by philhoward
I’d say that’s had it. Time for a new one.

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:14 pm
by Clueless1
Won’t it weld and plate?

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:42 pm
by rebel alliance
Probably ,but i reckon it will crack some where else quite quickly

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:42 pm
by philhoward
I don’t know if it’s just the photos but it’s looking very thin in places where you need to weld it to..

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:27 pm
by Mikeincoleshill
I would throw that one and either get a good second hand one or I think Nigel at QRG had done some new ones earlier this year. Not cheap but you don't want to be thinking about it while cornering on the limit!

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:27 pm
by reliant-reviver
Bit of plastic padding. Be alreet.


(FFS don't take this advice seriously)

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:11 pm
by Clueless1
Just what I was thinking Philip! That chemical metal stuff is supposed to be ok 😉
I won’t buy off QRG, would scrap the car first! Seems odd that one side has cracked above the ball joint hole but is ok on the shock mount and vice versa on the other side.
On a brighter note, how do you separate the rear hub from the carrier? Tried gently persuasion with a hammer. Do I need to be a bit more brutal?

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:28 pm
by reliant-reviver
One side catches all the gutter pot holes. The other sits under a battery.

The crack is weldable and with suitable strengthening should be fine.
The other side does look awfully degraded. However it is your call on repairing it. If the main of the wishbone is sound and of good thickness then that is the crucial part. If the top "bell crank" does fracture all you will lose is the shock absorber function... Hardly dramatic.

If you are handy enough to fabricate and repair that then perhaps consider just creating your own SS1 spec wishbones using chevette donors.

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:45 pm
by Alan SS1
reliant-reviver wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:28 pm

If you are handy enough to fabricate and repair that then perhaps consider just creating your own SS1 spec wishbones using chevette donors.
that would be my option too, company in Wales ( i think) does Chevette tuning parts ( https://www.tjmotorsport.co.uk/index.php ) sure others are available??

at least you start off with a decent thickness of metal to start sticking things to. use those old top arms as templates. I used a section of kitchen worktop as a base and then made dummy locations from 1" box sections and holes drilled to mimic the chassis mount location sso that the top of the bell crank is in correct place. so far only made the jig as the top arms are in 'reasonable' nick and the spares are in similar state to those in photos, but I 'hope' not too distorted.

only my tuppence . . . .

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:17 pm
by mikeh
I may have a couple of spares that need shot blasting / checking that you are welcome too I'll check tomorrow afternoon on my way home. Mike

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Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:42 pm
by Clueless1
Thanks Mike, much appreciated.

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Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:14 am
by mikeh
You have a pm regarding the front wish bones.
I have a pair that need blasting but the metal looks thick.

Mike

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Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:46 am
by old bean
Clueless1 wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:11 pm
I won’t buy off QRG, would scrap the car first!
I've found QRG to be 100% reputable, reliable, trustworthy and accountable in all respects from over the phone parts ordering to in house Scimitar repairs.

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Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:16 pm
by Clueless1
Wish that I could say the same old bean, only used them once, never again. I posted on here the service I received and one or two members commented, not good ones. I will stay with GW, never let me down, great service and help.