The only place for a coil spring is up Zebedee's arse.
54 posts
Oct 20 2018
31 March 2019 - 13:47

Late to the party but just spotted the update. I've just got my radius arms off and bushes out and if there's room would appreciate help with the new ones. Only problem might be they are Britpart and have a black outer coating which the originals didn't have.
Any thoughts?

31 March 2019 - 14:10

That would be great. Whichever day is best for everyone. Can't manage both sadly. Not too far away.

04 April 2019 - 15:02

Always enjoyed the scenic route. Lets see if I survive!
Any tools I should bring?

04 April 2019 - 09:58

I'm aiming on Saturday and as I will only have the radius arms and bushes and no car I'm happy to do spannering for anyone else.

I do need Marty's workshop address though.

07 April 2019 - 15:01

Great to see everyone yesterday and a big thanks to Marty for his help. Hope Gilbertd got the bushes etc finished in time.



Not sure if these will come out as haven't tried attaching photos before.

10 April 2019 - 15:01

Thanks to Gilbertd for the explanation of uploading. Still inexpertly done but they should appear now although they look huge on my screen.

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10 April 2019 - 18:27

Sorry Gilbertd,

I'm sure it was just a trick of the light!

26 June 2019 - 10:14

I restored an "A" suffix a few years ago and it was probably the only car I made a profit on. Agree with Gilberd they are very truck like and some parts now are just unavailable or really expensive such as a wing mirror.
The last one I saw on ebay was £300.
I've driven a later classic and found the seats uncomfortable. Can't comment on the CVC as it is still in bits.
I've ordered the book off ebay for £5.99 so looking forward to a good read.

09 October 2019 - 20:24


09 October 2019 - 17:01

I have a paper copy of the workshop manual and parts list which seems to work OK!

12 November 2018 - 10:50

Dismantled the plenum chamber on the P38 and found a bit of wear in the spindle. I'm not sure how much movement is acceptable but having spoken to SC parts and Gower and Lee they don't have any parts anyway. Does anyone know of a source or how much play in the spindle is OK?

12 November 2018 - 15:47

Thanks Richard,

I'm guessing I need a new spindle as well, ERR4225, which Rimmers say is superseded. Is changing the bushes a big deal?

On a different subject do you know what the original spec for the tyres was?

Many thanks.


12 November 2018 - 17:23

As always you are a fount of knowledge.

I might follow your lead and just accept a bit of air leakage. I couldn't find the kit part number either.

Thank you Richard

15 November 2018 - 19:38

Thanks everyone for the thoughts. Enough to scare me off so will just go with it as it is.
Picked up a door and some wheel arch protectors today so happy days.
Looking at home Nickel plating some bits. I know it's off topic; will re-post if successful.
Thanks again

15 November 2018 - 21:39

Don't worry Richard - just the standard original bits that go under the wheel arches.

16 January 2019 - 16:31

Working my way through the muck and bullets on the CVC and found the OS lower ball joint dust boot in tatters.
It looks a fairly scary job but does anyone have a trick for removing the lower ball joint without taking the top one off too?
If not, do the cheap Chinese extractors work?
There is no play in either joint so reluctant to do more work than necessary.
Any views on the necessity for the alignment tool appreciated too.

16 January 2019 - 16:55

Thanks RutlandRover,
as you say it's not a very appealing job but as it's an MOT fail we're going to have to give it a go.
Good luck with yours, I let you know how I get on.

16 January 2019 - 20:29

It is tempting, they look very thoroughly rusted in. Will sleep on it.

16 January 2019 - 20:55


that sounds like an epic amount of kit. V envious. I'll take all advice and run another check on whether there is any play on the joints. I've mostly been entertaining myself with getting all the little 6mm flanged bolts out of the dust guard and brake hose fittings. The list of parts is getting longer! Have now redone the EAS pump and valve block which seemed pretty straightforward. A small patch needed below the evap box but not too bad at the front. Rear of cills are frilly and inside OSR door arch is tired. The outer window rubber channels are all bubbling and haven't seen a source of these at a sensible price.

16 January 2019 - 19:42

Interesting RR, my MOT'r is sympathetic too s oit might get through but the fifty other fail points might not!

Thanks Gilbertd I will bite the bullet.