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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Manta View Post
    I received the RallyBob gusset kit. On Tuesday I'll be reviewing the work with a local shop that may be doing the welding for me. I hope I can get all this done before German Car Day in Brookline. Still need to refinish and then reassemble.

    So much to do. I will install the Weber and new fuel pump while the parts are out for refinishing. Time to search threads for lessons learned on carb replacement. I have the small air filter that came with it but I think I will want to either use the stock filter assembly or a new "cold air" type kit.
    Tip: There should be a gap between the two lower control arm gussets for shock absorber removal. I put mine too close together and had to grind out them out for the shocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Manta View Post
    I received the RallyBob gusset kit. On Tuesday I'll be reviewing the work with a local shop that may be doing the welding for me. I hope I can get all this done before German Car Day in Brookline. Still need to refinish and then reassemble.

    So much to do. I will install the Weber and new fuel pump while the parts are out for refinishing. Time to search threads for lessons learned on carb replacement. I have the small air filter that came with it but I think I will want to either use the stock filter assembly or a new "cold air" type kit.
    The 4 unmarked pieces are to strengthen the pivot tube for the upper a arm on the engine cradle cross member
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    I cleaned the old grease off the spindles and here's what I found. This is the first set of these I've ever looked at so I'm wondering how they look. The first thing I noticed was the blueing at the bearing locations from heat /friction. the second thing was that they have slightly different machining -one is a bit ...coarser (?) than the other. Again, not sure what normal is supposed to look like. Please chime in and let me know if these look fine or not.
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    Spindles look normal. No worries there.
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    Gusset kit installed for me by the guys at Back Bay Customs:

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    In addition to the gussets, I had them repair the right side trailing arm. The PO had cut and bent back some of the metal to make room for a header. Since I am keeping the header I need the additional room but wanted it reinforced and cleaned up. Here are before and after pics:
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    Having pulled out the back seat and carpet I though i'd clean up a bit. It was a little grungy under there but cleaned up nicely. Now it's ready to install amp, speakers, and run wires.
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    Suspension bits are back from the powder coater. Thanks to Performance Powder & Paint Home - Performance Powder & Paint, Inc. who turned around my order quickly and at a great price too. Time to press in some bushings and start reassembly.

    While poking around the engine bay I found one of the headlamps was loose and identified the problem as a broken hooks on the adjusting screws. Hats off to Jim (itb GT) for quickly sending me some replacements!
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    Roughed in the new parcel shelf, waiting for the carpeting to cover it. held in place with 4 screws with rubber washers at the base of the rear window in place of the plastic single use connectors. They can be easily accessed from the trunk. The speakers will hold down the front. Speakers use the existing 4" diam. holes in the sheet metal. I made a template to align and drill the new holes for speaker screws. Had to drill from the trunk - not enough space from above with the raked back window.
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    6 days and counting...
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    Turkish breakfast is at 8:30/8:45 in Brookline
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    Quote Originally Posted by itb gt View Post
    Where in Brookline? I'll be there

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    Reassembly underway (shiny clean parts look nice). used spring compressors and reinstalled trailing arm, control arms, ball joints, steering arm, and hub. The repaired /reinforced trailing arm maintains clearance at the header. Now to install new outer tie rods and brake discs /calipers.
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    Did a little catching up on the interior. Reinstalled carpeting after running speaker and power wires to trunk. Installed new back parcel shelf and speakers. Reinstalled back seat. Just "re-chromed the highlighting on the center console. All that's left inside is to finish wiring below the dash and reinstall front seats.
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