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  1. Paulrv2

    Alternative parts, what everyone needs to know...

    My recollection from trawling through this thread a little while back is that the track rod ends are same as fitted to Alfa GTV. I don’t know the track rod ends but have ordered bushes for rear upper control arms from SuperPerformance - they’ve arrived and look fine. I’ll see how they perform...
  2. Paulrv2

    Alternative parts, what everyone needs to know...

    SuperPerformance UK list the track rod ends at £34.95 plus VAT
  3. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    Thanks and yes it’s good to hear all the different views and preferences. It’s helpful input to making my own decision. As an aside I had a BMW experience that put me off them for good - mostly because of BMW’s response when I spoke to them. My 5 series burst into flames when driving home from...
  4. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    Speculation and fingers crossed. If the arms sent to me from Eurospares had not been so old I would probably have left the bushes unchanged. However as the rubber is showing its age it seems sensible to replace them before fitting to the car. Time will tell if the aftermarket bushes and...
  5. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    Ok - answer to first question is not necessarily. Price and quality should relate but often don’t. I’ll share how I get on.
  6. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    I'll go off topic again with another work in progress project. Two wheeled this time to produce a near replica of an Ariel Colt Trials built by Ariel Competition Department for Geoff Duke in 1956. The Colt was a BSA parts bin bike using a plunger suspension C10L frame. The one-off Colt trials...
  7. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    Its not really about shortcuts but finding a solution when parts are no longer available. Given a choice I would have bought a new (or pattern) replacement but there aren't any available. If the Super Performance bushes don't work well then I'll replace them - cost penalty isn't great so the...
  8. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    Super Performance seem to be primarily Ferrari and you are correct that the bushes are also a Ferrari part. Theirs are a copy using bonded rubber not the highly priced poly alternative. For the couple st it’s worth giving them a try.
  9. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    I came across the SuperPerformance ones by chance so have ordered those. About 1/3 price of the Maserati item and probably better quality.
  10. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    I did find a place with a couple of new ones in Europe but asking price was £1500+ each. Add shipping, import duties and tax and end result would have been an A$7k landed price tag. Too over the top. Buying and reconditioning the two SH units wil be closer to A$2000 - still not cheap but lot...
  11. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    It’s the original VW yellow but does look brighter than I remember. Bought the car 20 years ago as first car for my eldest daughter. It’s been sitting doing not much for 15+ years and got to the point of restore or let it go. Restore won and it was stripped back to bare metal and all rust fixed...
  12. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    Off topic but here’s a picture of one of my other projects. 1976 Mk 1 three door Golf. It’s fitted with the later 1.8 injected motor with 5 speed gearbox. Engine is tweaked a bit so not a slouch.
  13. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    i tried to buy new but they are out of production and have been for a while. Lower rear and front upper and lower are all new.
  14. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    Thanks for the tip; I've checked and there is no obvious sign of any cracking. They were tagged as from a 3200 and have what appears to be a casting date mark of 99 so have clearly been around for a while. After cleaning can see some evidence of surface pitting but nothing drastic and the rubber...
  15. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    Ok, it’s just notes in my phone at present but I’ll turn it into a document and add comments against parts I’ve purchased. The rest is information I gleaned by working my way through a thread just after I bought the car. Going back to the original topic of upper rear control arms for 4200. I’ve...
  16. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    I plan to pick up the old control arms when the car is finished and see what (if anything) can be done with them - depends how worn the ball joints are. If they are down to metal against metal then there won't be much; if not then perhaps inject the joints plus new bushes and bearing in the tie...
  17. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    Ok thanks for the information - I've made a note of it along with all the other more cost effective alternative sources of spares.
  18. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    originals are new on pattern lower control arms. I will be keeping them for future use if needed.
  19. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    Ok thanks for the advice - I’ll make sure keep my eye on them.
  20. Paulrv2

    4200 CC Coupe upper rear control arms

    Sounds good but my days of doing this type of job are over - I’m letting someone else have the fun