Ghibli II winter works

spacecadet

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Right, probably they didn't plan with running these 25 years where we are now. I was advised by my engine builder to take off 0.1 just for a bit nicer surface for the gasket. But those corroded spots will stay for sure. As B plan I'll try to ask around for some replacement heads.
 

conaero

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Personally, if the head gaskets was fine before, I would slap them on again as the fire rings will seal. Check for flatness across the FR's with a straight edge and a torch.
 

spacecadet

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I haven't given any update lately, but I would like to present the front suspension I've finished earlier.

Since the shocks were already done, the next were the hubs

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First I've installed the bearing on the stub axle because the workshop manual states this is only available as a preassembled part. Put a 42 wrench on the axle and made sure the ABS connector is parallel with the wrench. The alignment helps later so that the wrench will fit on the axle while mating the preassembled part to the hub carrier. Clamped the wrench in a vice and tightened down the bearing with a deep 36 socket. I've used Loctite 262 on the other threaded side of the stub axle, which connects it to the carrier. Originaly Loctite 271 was used (the red remains were still visible on the thread) which is unavailable, but based on the tech data 262 is pretty much the same (it's medium / high strength threadlocker). So when diassembling it's advised to heat up this nut.

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Both front hubs assembled

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Finally hub installed on the shocks. This was pretty simple, there is only one way to do it

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The steering rack was also pretty beat up, one of the bellow broken.

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Cleaned up as much as possible, but the yellow zinc / cad (?) plating was corroded here and there so I got some colour matched paint (of course it's not plating) and painted (epoxy, base and clear) the main body. Replaced the bellows and while there the ball joints too.

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The bearings in the steering arms were also replaced

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The rubber joints connecting the control arms to the front of the subframe were also broken (the GT / QP4 uses a modified joint, probably to fight this issue) so I've also replaced these (sourced some leftover stock from '97)

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spacecadet

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All in all from this

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went to this (I still have to do the factory marks on the subframe :))

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Putting back, again pretty simple in the front. The rear shocks were tricky because they don't have a rotating upper mount, definitely mark them before disassembly. I didn't, but were lucky since the preload is much lower on rear springs so if the nut is loosened all the way up, the spring can be rotated on the shock. Once aligned, I've carefully removed, tightened down in the correct position and reinstalled.

I've also clear plated the front brake disks which were rarely used but rusted.

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spacecadet

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Thanks guy, no talent here either :) I also wish I had more time, so I wouldn't progress so slow, but steadily will be there.

The Eibach springs were still in stock one and a half year ago at Ross / Meridien Modena, maybe there is still some left there or at the factory.

The disks had an ugly surface rust visible on the face (different design than OEM and the pads don't fully reach through) and the edges. Don't have a before picture.

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TimR

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I’m due a set of discs.. I’d be interested in a zinc plate process before they see service- if you have any contacts, that’d be appreciated..? :)