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  • #303976

    ricrx7
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    Since I decided to sell my MGTD, my BCW is going to get a refresh.  After a ride with a friend at 60 MPH, he suggested some front end work was in order based on his observation that I was gripping the steering wheel with an uncomfortable look on my face.  I brought the problem to this forum and the advice was to consider new tires.  So, I decided to get new tires, rebuild my front suspension, and get new brakes.  In addition, I plan to move forward with upgrading my engine and transmission.  More posts to come.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #303981

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Replaced rear brakes and wheel cylinders.  Could only get wheel cylinders on by grinding off metal from the part that goes through the backing plate (or I could have removed the axle to get clearance.)  Found one busted spring that needed replacement.  Also replaced the flexible line on the rear axle.  Now to the front brakes.  Today I received my new rotors with hubs.  They are grooved and have holes.  I was amazed to find a company that made them for a Chevette.  The company is Brake Performance if someone is interested.  Because of future performance upgrades, I wanted better brakes without a major change to different calipers, etc.  Hope this works.  Will not be able to start the rebuild until beginning of week.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #303984

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Found a donor car for new power for Sammy.  1995 Camaro V6 5 sp.  Pretty car, don’t you think?

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #303985

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Ooh, now we’re getting serious…

    #303986

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    That should wake it up. Nice project. Keep posting photos.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #304135

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Slight delay in progress due to a little bad weather here in Florida.  Working on front suspension and decided on urethane bushings.  Only kit available is for Fiero which is supposed to have Chevette  front suspension.  After getting everything installed on arms, realized that lower bushing are too wide and have to be modified.  Lower arm should move freely – right?  not be binding due to tight bushings.  While I am rebuilding things, I increased castor and shortened springs.  Should get better steering response.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #304205

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    New lower ball joints with a 1 inch riser and cut one more coil from spring has lowered front end about 2 inches.  Looks much better.  But very stiff.  I think I need to redo bushings, they seem to bind too much.  Engine and trans has been removed and sold to a fellow replica enthusiast.  He has an SS Jaguar replica with Chevette running gear.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #304206

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Progress indeed.

    I’d check with a front end shop for advice on how “binding” the bushings might supposed to be. Also maybe find a new spring with less rate. Apparently Datsun Z cars have similarly sized springs with less rate. There may be others.

    #304207

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    Yes, check with a spring shop for new ones. Every coil you remove increases the spring rate apx. 10%.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #304647

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Sorry for the 4 month delay in posting, but had back surgery and had to stop heavy work.  But finally got back to removing engine, trans, and wiring, plus a few parts, from donor Camaro.  Engine and trans are now in car for test fit for motor mounts.  T-5 trans mount is in same location as the removed Chevette trans and the same drive shaft fits (only 7 inches long).  Had to perform surgery on transmission tunnel since parts of T-5 trans were too wide.  Also seems I will have to notch part of frame to clear hydraulic clutch mount on trans.  I will try to post pictures in the next post.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #304651

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    right side trans cutout

    left side trans cutout

    engine positioned in frame

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #304795

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Made motor mounts and tack welded in place.  Removed engine and trans so welding shop can finish the motor mounts.  Drive shaft is at machine shop to add a second universal joint.  The car came with a short drive shaft with only one universal.  The rubber mount in the torque tube was toast.  Luckily I found one for the Chevette rear axle.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

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