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In the last blog, we spoke about the insurance being settled. We now have the car in the workshop to start to rebuild the Project Moff Race car.
Where to start, well, where the damage is seemed a good place. So we made a start on stripping down the rear hubs, Hi-cas. Removing the StopTech Brakes, Onlins Suspension, Whiteline Anti Roll Bar and driftworks adjustable arms. We were looking for the damage caused by the impact with the lorry on the mechanical parts of the car.
The rear wheel had quite a bit of Toe Out. This is the rear hub before we started
We needed to remove the split pin, and undo the hub nut.
Ooops, appears it was rather tight. Best go and see the Snap-On man !
Once we were able to losen the hub nut, we set about stripping down the rest of the car.
Now, below are all of the nuts and bolts holding the rear arms together. The bolt in the centre of the photo on the left. This is the inner subframe bolt and standard adjustable rear traction arm bolt. It has an adjustable spacer. In the impact, it had sheered the washer, spinning it around on its mount, which appeared to have caused the movement in the wheel, causing it to tow out !
There is no damage to the adjustable driftworks suspension arms, which is good news. Nor is there any signs of damage or play in the wheel bearing hub assembly.
So, we can start rebuild process. Luckily, we have a spare wheel bearing or 2 on the shelves, so just to be on the safe side, we will replace with a known good one.
How do you remove hicas bushes ? I'm sure there are plenty of ways. In our case, heat up the rear hicas bushes with a blow torch, to be able to hammer them out. Unfortunately, due to the way our press is, we can't get the correct angle to use it for the hubs. Bit of brute force and fire is always fun !
Once heated, they come out relatively easily. Probably took about 20 mins total for both sides once they were off the car.
What adjustable suspension arms are we going to fit ?
Hard Race Suspension and Steering Parts is the answer.
Looking under the arches of the car, we never actually completely under body sealed the full car.
So we are also going to take this opportunity to Hammerite Underseal both wheel arches once the suspension and all suspension arms have been removed.
We'll also be fitting the complete Hard Race Suspension and Steering Parts range they supply for the R33 GTS-t Nissan Skyline. This includes fully adjustable Front and Rear, top and bottom arms, including Hi-cas lock.
In the next blog, we change the Motul 300v Engine Oil, filter and HKS Spark Plugs.
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