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This time, I spent time inspecting the mating surfaces and found both the axle flange and the housing surface to be a bit scored, and some rough stuff still on the axle portion.
Is the wear/galling on the axle shaft or on the outer surface of the axle bearing's outer race? The axle bearing should not easily pull off of the axle shaft. Are there witness marks of the bearing turning against the retainer plate?

If there is enough gap between the axle bearing's outer race and the axle housing, you might get it in there more snugly with a ring, or partial ring, of thin steel shim stock. Sealing such a ring would need that RTV. Sleeve retaining compound would work great..... but you'd likely not every get the bearing out again! There might be some other compound that would fill that gap well, but not be so permanent.
 

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This weekend we installed the 1" drop spring, sway bar link bushings and Koni shocks. Fairly smooth R&R; can be done in one day if you know what you're doing. I got hung up on the instructions about removing the LCA to cross member bolts. Thinking like a Mopar guy, it must mean the bushing bolts because that's how all cars attach the LCA. Took some time and a read through the FSM before I found the "other" LCA attaching bolts. One sticking point was securing the bolt head from turning while loosening the lock nut. Finally got a thin walled socket with a wobble and long extension to hold the bolt head.
Sorry, no pics of the car on all fours yet; still need to do an alignment.
 

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Is the wear/galling on the axle shaft or on the outer surface of the axle bearing's outer race? The axle bearing should not easily pull off of the axle shaft. Are there witness marks of the bearing turning against the retainer plate?

If there is enough gap between the axle bearing's outer race and the axle housing, you might get it in there more snugly with a ring, or partial ring, of thin steel shim stock. Sealing such a ring would need that RTV. Sleeve retaining compound would work great..... but you'd likely not every get the bearing out again! There might be some other compound that would fill that gap well, but not be so permanent.
I'll take pictures when I pull it out again, about which I have a degree of confidence...
 

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This morning I performed some Opel Yoga by replacing the headlight relay. Good news is that my headlights work again. The old relay finally went bad, and from the looks of it it’s been on it’s way out for awhile.
 

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Changed my toasted ignition switch, which besides the obvious griefs fiddling with wiring under the steering column and the dash, gave me a unpleasant lesson in power yoga, I've been sore in parts of my body that I didn't know could be sore.
The multi connector was also a real pain to work with..- I'm sure that all you that have made the ignition switch exercise will agree, but I'm done and it fires up like a kitten stuffed with jalapenos and hot-sauce.
It had to be done, as it had come to a point where I was just waiting for the starter to engage under driving making me end up in a ditch or the darn thing going up in flames..- it hasn't been the happiest ignition switch for a while, but I had hoped I could postpone it to being a winter project, along with replacing the clock with a Oil temp / voltmeter gauge.

(There is however a job that is worse than the above. Assisting in pulling the engine from my friend Asger's Jaguar E-type (for the second time). He didn't replace the Spigot Bush in connection with converting to a five speed gearbox, and that has now come back to haunt him. Food and drinking supplies for helping out are on the other hand flawless 🍺🥪...

Chances that our wife's (Jane & Sanne) will ever go on a road trip with us are slim to none. They are :rolleyes:, but for now still keeping up with all of our antics.
"Nature" picture is from when we did a short cut (Rally Stage) thru the woods in North Germany to Bergers Landgasthof a couple a weeks ago. Food is excellent if you should ever find your self in the area.

Cheers

Ignition.jpg Multi Connector.jpg Rally Stage Germany.jpg Cow and grapes.jpg
 

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-I got my headlights working over the weekend.
-Started my first fire in the engine bay when i was tracking wires and bumped the temp probe wire into the power wire on the adjustable thermostat (for electric fan). She flamed quick and it smoked the thermostat. Luckily Advanced Auto had 1 in stock.
-I also changed out the fuel sending unit so fuel gauge works.

Still need to fiddle with a frozen heater control, lube up the light lever. (its a beast!), track a small oil leak from oil pump area, and fix a few interior panel issues.
 
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