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 Post subject: Re: Ernies GT
PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:40 pm 
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Rusted out rear cill, heart gutting, mine aren't too bad, although there is a bit missing off the end of my drivers side one, hoping to get onto that next.


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 Post subject: Re: Ernies GT
PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:52 pm 
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Not as bad as it looks, the end of the cill is still there, just the lip that catches all the mud is rusted away. Just praying that when I start on it it's not worse than I think.


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 Post subject: Re: Ernies GT
PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 4:10 pm 
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Got the rear sill/arch sealed up..

Then started on the front floor patch and also found a few more holes in the inner arch..

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 Post subject: Re: Ernies GT
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 1:33 pm 
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All welded up and under sealed.. just bumper support to bolt back on..

Stone chipped the inside of the wing as the arch liner is beyond repair.. so wont go back in..

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 Post subject: Re: Ernies GT
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 10:18 pm 
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Looking good, see you have had to do some of the same bits as me, your welding is a bit better than mine, started on my sill last Sunday , worse than I expected, but under way now. What have you painted on the back of your wings ?


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 Post subject: Re: Ernies GT
PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:11 am 
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Looking good, see you have had to do some of the same bits as me, your welding is a bit better than mine, started on my sill last Sunday , worse than I expected, but under way now. What have you painted on the back of your wings ?


The welding is done by my mate who I share my unit with.. my welding isnt up to good enough standard to attempt this!
Its stonechip on the back of the wings,, the welds on the car were zinc primed, then seam sealered and finally undersealed so should last a good while.. the rust prevention on these cars from factory is poor.. along with the drains as you pointed out on your build.. its a recipe for disaster!

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 Post subject: Re: Ernies GT
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Passanger side front arch in much better shaper.. just a 10p side hole was found and welded up.. sealed and undersealed, inner arch was stonechipped as on the other side..

the repair on the passanger side floor was alsp alot better and still rust free and good condition so we just buzzed it back and resealed it on both sides.. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Ernies GT
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 Post subject: Re: Ernies GT
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:23 pm 
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Ordered my BC coilovers for this, so in preperation I stripped out all the old stuff ready..

I had picked up a Cheddas axle lock kit also so got this fitted and removed the ARB setup from inside the rear beam, nice bit of weight reduction!

Then I stripped out the rear shocks ready for the new stuff arriving.

Onto the fronts.. I specced my BC's with higher front spring rates as I intend to bin all the torsion bar setup and just run the coilover struts.. I'll be reinforcing the strut top mounts in order to do this.. although I've not actually found anyone who has had trouble with this...

Front struts off.. caps and clips removed from torsion bars and the trusty hammer drill smashed out the bars from the tube in no time... removed the torsion tubes too.. just the height adjuster bolts left in which I may cut out or just nip back up in place...

All ready for when the BC's get here..

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 Post subject: Re: Ernies GT
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Oh, you completly removed the torsions bar and torsion tubes.
idid'nt not it 's what possbileb to do that with BC coilovers.
No risk ?


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 Post subject: Re: Ernies GT
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Oh, you completly removed the torsions bar and torsion tubes.
idid'nt not it 's what possbileb to do that with BC coilovers.
No risk ?


There are a few people in UK running without any torsion bars and a few with torsion still on the car but not connected. No problems so far..

We have just started reinforcing the strut tops as a precaution... and I also will be making a strut brace and fender braces..

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 Post subject: Re: Ernies GT
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Interesting stuff, wouldn't mind binning the whole torsion beam set up on the front of mine too, but that's probably a lot further down the list of jobs to do


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 Post subject: Re: Ernies GT
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Adam @6two1 sorted me out with a set of BC coilovers for this.. :D

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So I fitted the BC's this morning fronts are very straight forward..

The rears are straight forward too but there are a couple of issues if you want to run pretty low..

Due to the design of the rears, the spring seat actually sits at the bottom of the shock threads and the height adjuster is in the centre of the shock.. So if you want to run pretty low the bottom mounting point of the shock is very close to where the spring seat is.. so when you come to fit it onto the beam the spring seat fowls on the bracket where it attaches to the beam.. only way to sort this is to add alot of preload to the spring (winding spring seat up) or raising the suspension.. this only occours at the very lowest the coilovers will go so I cant see it really affecting most people.. I have it set at the lowest point that it clears the shock bracket at the moment (around 20mm from max lowering) and its pretty dam low..! I have removed some metal from the bracket to gain some clearence even at this height mind as it wasnt possible to make adjustments easily as it was still too close to spring seat..

The second issue again relates to the spring seat on the drivers side.. it fouls on the end of the panhard bar.. again this is height related so would clear unless really low.. I've not solved this yet as I was all set to just alter my panhard bar to suit my height but as I cant do this yet it will have to wait.. some trimming at the end should see it clear I hope..

I need to get my tyres fitted and wheels on so I can adjust the height, roll the arches and then see where im at with things hitting!

I've also picked up a nice retro Recaro for passanger seat (needs a retrim) and some 242mm front discs and calipers..

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 Post subject: Re: Ernies GT
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Fitted my Recaro.. knocked up a pair of adaptor plates so I could mount it onto the stock seat rail..

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