Well, pretty good day today actually.
I got the arb links done up - to 125Nm! - that was actually easy enough once I'd got over my numpty idiot moment and realised the chassis 'recess' for the links is actually open at the top..... On the question of torque values it's quite noticeable that the P38 torques are significantly higher than the Defender. I guess it's a big, heavy car, and is capable of travelling much faster.
Got the panhard rod on too, with new bushes. Those bolts are even tighter.... I've found I can 'bench-press' 200Nm. On another forum, discussing Defender panhard rods, someone was saying it's the clamping force of the nuts that make the difference, not the bushes. At 200Nm I can believe that. Panhard rod was actually a bit of a pain.... With the axle so stripped down; radius arms off, albeit one at a time; shockers off; air springs off; etc etc. the only thing holding it in place was the propshaft. So, the axle had actually moved sideways a little, and needed to be persuaded back the other way. I have some sash clamps that I needed to put into 'spreader' mode, but it worked OK.
I also got my new drag link and track rod set to length against the old ones - near enough to get going with when the time comes.
Got the driver's side swivel adjusted - a bit disappointed that it's maybe 1mm 'high' after the final torqueing up - but I'm afraid that's close enough for me today. If it causes problems, now that I've a better idea what I'm doing, I can revisit it.
...and finally, some fun and games with the passenger's side CV joint and boot...... What a pain. There was no way whatsoever that my new boot was going to stretch enough to fit. Not a chance. So (should have taken pics of this!) I suspended the driveshaft and hub from the floor joists and tried to clean out the boot and the old grease as much as I could.
Interestingly inside the boot, which was "attached" at the CV joint end by a loose, large tie wrap, I found the old crimp clamp! Quite innovative I thought.... I wonder if they've done the same on the driver's side?? Might find out tomorrow.
Anyway, got the old grease out; new grease in; used my clamping pliers for the first time, then reintroduced the driveshaft to the axle! Starting to look like a car again.