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Old 21st January 2023, 23:45   #1036
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Re: My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Sp

Would you believe it:

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9964.jpeg

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9965.jpeg

The one day we have quite a bit of frost and about 4 centimeters of snow, meaning I really could use a four wheel drive to drive up the dike>

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9966.jpeg

But unfortunately, my Jeep is still out of commission!! No wheels, no front axles, no front ball joints, no front nothing!!

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9967.jpeg

As I could not go out, at least I could work on the Jeep some more. Made some excellent progress!

In general putting things back together tends to go quicker than taking things apart I find. Primarily because you don’t always know how things were put together. But mostly because on old cars, things tend to get very very very stuck.

First thing I wanted to do is fit the ball studs back on. Which means pressing them back in!! It was fairly easy getting them out. But getting them back in requires a little bit more finesse. You have to make sure they go in exactly straight. Jeep has some special tools that cater for the shape of the steering knuckle.

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9952.jpeg

I just have a general C-clamp set, so it requires a bit of improvisation as you will see. Of course, everything needs to be properly cleaned, all rust needs to be gone. I use my pneumatic tools with various steel/Brass brushes.

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9958.jpeg

Because I used a non-standard tool, the sequence of pressing in the ball studs is different from the Jeep procedure too. I start on the lower one.

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9960.jpeg

It went in very nicely. I used a nail underneath the clamp so it would compensate for the peculiar angle as mentioned above.

One ball stud done!! Notice I left the protective plastic cover on to protect the thread, also the rubber sleeve is removed as it would get damaged by the pressing in.

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Once you have tightened the C-clamp I undo it, give the rim of the knuckle a couple of whacks with a hammer and reset the clamp. That will ensure I get a good even pressure across the ball studs and it will seat properly. I use a 0,05 feeler gauge around the rim to check it is properly seated.

Rubber sleeve put back on. One done, three more to go!

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The upper one went it smoothly as well. Notice the nail!! Very low tech, but perfectly adequate! And very cheap too!!

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With both ball studs in place it was time to reconnect the steering knuckle back to the ball studs. It just slides on, put the two castle nuts on and tighten them with the torque wrench to the correct setting.

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9970.jpeg

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9951.jpeg

Next thing I did was to take the wheel bearing hub assembly apart. As I mentioned earlier, Jeep specialist Martin had managed to undo the nut.

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9956.jpeg

Next a lot of cleaning and brushing of the various parts where the Universal joints will be installed.

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9971.jpeg

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9957.jpeg

In order to install an U-joint you need to take the four end caps off and put the spider as it is known inside the two yokes. When you take the end caps off, best check each and every single one very carefully. I am very glad I did, because as you will see, in one of them, two bearing needles had come undone. They are just held in place by the grease!

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9972.jpeg

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9973.jpeg

I just press the endcaps in manually so I know the bearing needles are locked and can’t fall out.

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Then it is just a question of using the C-clamp to push all four of them in. Some people use a vice, but you need to be careful. It does require quite a bit of force and you might damage your vice. These C-clamps are ideal for these jobs. You need to position the endcaps so that you put the little C-clip on the inside. Which might mean going back and forth a couple of times. As you are pressing on the Yoke it actually deforms ever so slightly. So you need to give it a couple of good whacks with a hammer as you are repositioning the end caps. That will ensure any tension will be released.

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With the universal joint back in place the next thing is to install the complete hub and bearing assembly. Again, lots of cleaning.

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9976.jpeg

There is no seal or anything between the steering knuckle and the hub and bearing assembly. So Jeep relies on the seal of the bearing to do all the sealing!!

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I also cleaned the spline very carefully, this is where the complete force from the axle is transmitted to the wheel. So it needs to be clean and I added some high pressure grease too.

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The complete hub and bearing assembly is held in place by three bolts, clean the bolts!!! And put some ceramic paste on them.

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9979.jpeg

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9980.jpeg

Here the complete re-assembled front axle with hub and bearing assembly, ready to be installed. It just slides in, you need to be a bit careful and the rear spline goes through a seal which sits deep inside the front differential.

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With the whole thing slid back in, all you need to do is tighten up the three bolts holding it all together and re-install the brake calliper. Also, remember to install the brake dust shield. I forgot and had to pull everything apart again!

But this is how it all looks, properly assembled once again! You will notice that the upper ball stud has a grease nipple. I put a little grease on both with my grease gun as well. Just a bit as there was quite a bit of grease in it already

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My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_0002.jpeg

That is the complete left side done! With the exception of torquing the central nut. I checked my Jeep manuals and that nut needs 237Nm of torque!! That is a lot of torques, believe me. I have four torque wrenches, but none will go over 200Nm. So I checked with my AC Specialist neighbour Jack and luckily he has one I can borrow. I can’t tighten them now. Because the two front axles are connected with the front differential I need to have the wheels back in place, in order to lock the axles, or rather hold them in place. Will do so on Monday.

First complete the right side.

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Old 22nd January 2023, 00:08   #1037
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As you would imagine, the right side is near identical to the left side. Remarkably pressing the ball studs back in was a bit more tricky, but in the end I managed to get everything back in place. To be honest, I found that installing the universal joints took the longest. Very fiddly. Also, on the left side, again, I forgot to install the dust brake shield initially!! Practice doesn’t always makes perfect apparently.

Just a couple of things I had not shown or mentioned before.

The three bolts holding the hub and bearing assembly in the steering knuckle are these special 12 point bolts. You need a special socket. I do have such a set, but I did not have the correct size 21. So initially I just hammered a size 20 on, which does work. But in order to install everything correctly I looked for the correct size socket. Luckily my friend Berndt had one, so I popped over to him to pick it up.

Note to self: buy one of these sockets E21 to complete my set!

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Just to keep everything tightly together I did use my pneumatic impact wrench on the wheel nuts. But I found out later I had forgotten to put back a locking ring. So they have to come off again before I tighten them with Jack’s torque wrench.

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When working on things like brakes and suspension I always, always use a torque wrench. As shown in the above post, I copy the relevant pages from the workshop manuals that specific the torque for each bolt and nut I am working on.

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Before I put the brake discs back on, I cleaned them, removed the rust on the mating surface and put a little vaseline on it. I find vaseline works well for this particular application.

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Two important items when working on the brakes, vaseline and brake cleaning fluid. Before final assembly make sure the disc is clean and free of all oil, grease etc!!

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My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9996.jpeg

As you might recall one of the first jobs I did on this Jeep was to replace the various brake components, including new calipers. Even so, the little rubber protection covers of the sliding pins were torn already!! I will need to replace those. Because once the sliding pins locks up due to dirt build up, the brake will start to wear unevenly, worse lock up!

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Also this morning I picked up my rims. They have been sand blasted and powder coated. I am very very pleased with the end result. Absolutely gorgeous!!

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9984.jpeg

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9985.jpeg

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9986.jpeg

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9987.jpeg

The plastic centre piece needs a respray as well. So I drove over to my usual and trusted car paint place in Breda. https://www.mermansverf.nl

The lady was very helpful. She spend almost 25 minutes with me, comparing endless colour samples to get the best match. I have shown this shop before in an earlier post. Normally they can just measure the colour, but the instruments needs a flat surface, so it won’t work on rim.

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We finally narrowed it down to a final colour and she made the matching paint by mixing about 7 different colours.

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_9983.jpeg

Belief it or not, but it so happens to be an official VW colour, apparently!!

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Tomorrow I am going to re-spray the rim center pieces. I have also thought of using the same colour as the body of the Jeep. I might make two sample piece to see what looks best.

Jeroen

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Old 24th January 2023, 12:25   #1038
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In the end I decided not to paint spray the center caps for my rims yet. It is just to cold, about 2-3oC during the day. Mrs. D vetoed my idea of spraying inside the house for some reason. So it will have to wait a few weeks. I need at least 10-12oC to do a good job.

Yesterday morning Berndt rocked up in his Rover 600 estate and took the rims to our local tire shop. They quickly installed and balanced all four tires.

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_0009.jpeg

Loaded up the wheels again and drove home:

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I had really wanted to fix those torn rubber boots on the brakes. But I could not get the parts immediately. So I decided to install the wheels anyway. When I get the parts I will have to take both front wheels off again and take the callipers off as well. Not a huge job, but it would have been nice to do it prior to installing the wheels.

Here is what it looks like

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First I went over to my neighbour Jack to borrow his torque wrench. As you would expect from a former professional car mechanic Jack has a fantastic torque wrench. It has a range of 200-1000Nm!! Jack told me he regularly used it whilst he still had his own shop. These central locking nuts always need a lot of torque. He was surprised mine was only 240Nm. He has come across cars requiring upwards of 600Nm!!

For reference I have put two of my torque wrenches next to it. The smallest one is 12-60NM and the middle one is 40-200Nm.

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My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_0016.jpeg

Definitely a more manly torque wrench than my toy-ones!! That thing measures almost 1,40m.

First thing I did was to torque those wheel nuts to 240Nm. Had my wife sit in my Jeep and push the brake pedal with all her might. That was sufficient to stop the axles from turning. Popped the nut and retainer back on and put the cotter pin.

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Of course, both the flange on the brake disc and the inside of the rims got cleaned and I added a dab of vaseline on the mating surface. Then all what was left is to put the wheel/rim back on, put my new lug nuts on and torque them to 102Nm.

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Looks good!!

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My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_0025.jpeg

Next I took the Jeep for a testdrive. I drove for around 25 minutes, including some 10 minutes on the motorway. The new tires have really transformed the performance. Much more comfortable, a lot less tire and bearing noise!! The Jeep drives and tracks beautifully.

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My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_0027.jpeg

All in all, I am very happy with this job. It took me a long time, about four days of working 4-6 hours a day. But it was well worth it. All that is left is to get the alignment checked. I did not notice anything out of the ordinary during the test drive. But with four new tires and so much of the front suspension being replaced and or being loosened and re-fastened it is well worth getting it checked.

Of course, after such a mega operation a bit of cleaning and mopping up is in order.

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My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_0030.jpeg

Whilst my garage floor was drying from the mopping I did a couple of quick jobs on my wife’s Fiesta. Swapped the wheels front rear to prevent cupping. These Fiesta’s are notorious cupping cars.

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Also checked the tire pressure on all tires, including the spare and reset the tire pressure monitor.

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My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_0032.jpeg

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_0033.jpeg

The wipers on the Fiesta are making a lot of noise on the windscreen. Cleaning did not help, so I had a good look at them. They needed a bit of adjusting. Best explained with this little video. Very simple, very effective.



Berndt had also brought me some old brochures from my Jaguar and Mercedes. He has been cleaning out his attic and he has hundreds and hundreds of brochures of English cars.

He also came across these measuring devices:

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He had no idea what they were. So I checked them for him. Looks like they are original Austin Rover test instruments. It allows you to test various sensors, ignition and so on. All prior OBD era I dare say. Interesting collection. We are going to try them out some time later this year.

The next job has already announced itself. As I parked my Jaguar inside my garage I noticed the right hand corner of the car dropped more than the left on braking. I have a suspicion the shock is leaking. As you might recall I replaced the left one some time ago. I managed to get a second hand one from my Jaguar specialist friend Raymond. New this shocks are difficult to procure and also enormously expensive.

First things first. In about an hour I will set off to get the Jeep’s allignement checked. My Jeep specialist friend Martin gave me an address of what he considers the best alignment shop in the area.

When I come back I will jack up the Jaguar, take of the right front wheel and inspect the shock. I am planning to go to Dusseldorf this week to visit the Boat show. An immensely large boat and yacht show. I was hoping to take the Jaguar. We will see

Jeroen

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With this much work done on the front axles and suspension I wanted to get the Jeepís alignment checked. I was not expecting any major deviations, but with four new tires fitted, better safe than sorry.

So I took it to the alignment center recommended by my Jeep Specialist Martin.

Put the Jeep on their lift.

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Would you believe it, everything within specification! I can honestly say, I have never ever had a car checked on its alignment without needing some tweaking!
Very happy with the result, of course.

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Back home I also took the right front wheel of the Jaguar to inspect the shock absorber. If there is anything wrong with it, if anything it certainly is not leaking. So I am going to drive it some more and pay special attention. I have just purchased online tickets for the Boat Show in Dusseldorf, Germany. About 185km one way from our home. So the Jaguar will get a good workout tomorrow!

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I also managed to get hold of the special boots for the sliding pins on the brake callipers. I will be replacing the old, torn, ones in the next couple of days I hope.

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Earlier this week I took a trip to Dusseldorf in the Jaguar to visit the annual Boat Show. An absolute massive event, spread across 17 halls in the Dusseldorf Messe building. It is about 180 km one way from our home, just about all motorway.

Driving conditions were far from ideal, rain, sleet, wet snow and fog, so I drove a very sedate 100 km/h only. But that is ok, my TomTom and its fantastic Traffic Information feature guided me around the congested bits of motorway. I do enjoy these motorway runs now and then. I put on some good music and just cruise enjoying being by myself and driving one of my cars. I usually stop every hour or so for a quick leg stretcher and a cup of coffee.

The Dusseldorf Messe (Exhibition Centre) has a hugely efficient parking lot, as one would expect from ze Germans. Cars drive up on this absolute humongous parking lot and park behind one another, whilst leaving the middle lane free. You pay when you leave, so there is virtually no queuing at all. You just keep following the car in front of you. When it stops, you stop behind it and get out!!

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I am a huge fan of this German Boat show. So much to see and do. Also, it focusses more on motor boats than on sailing yachts, which these days has my preference. Just a few piccies for reference.

This was the stand of one of my all time favourite boat builders, the Finnish Targa. Their boats are known as the 4x4 of the seas. Extremely well build boats. Love them.

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This was in another hall with the super yachts. Yes, there are bigger yachts, but they would not fit in this hall. I always have a look and I always have a few invites to come and see these builders. But truth be told, for some reason yachts over 15-20 meter very quickly start loosing their visual appeal to me. To be bold, I dont like any of these huge yachts. They look ridiculous, just my opinion.

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On my way home I took the Jaguar through the car wash. There is a lot of dirt and grit on the roads, due to the winter conditions we have had here for the last couple of weeks.

Next, I decided to finish the work on the Jeep. I had to replace the rubber boots on the sliding pins. A very simple job on a very important part.

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So I jacked up one side of the Jeep, axle stand underneath it and took off the wheel.

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Used my C-clamp to press the brake pads inwards, so I could easily remove the caliper, by undoing the two calliper mounting bolts. That is all!

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next, you just push out the pins and extract the torn rubber boots

My Car Hobby: A lot of fiddling, and some driving too! Jaguar XJR, Mercedes W123 & Alfa Romeo Spider-img_0058.jpeg

I added silicone grease liberally to the new parts. Sillicone grease is best here, as it is resistant to water. And there tends to be a lot of water spray around the wheels and the brake of course.

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New parts installed, looking good!

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Repeat on the other side.

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Finally with the wheels back on and the jack and axle stands removed, torque the lug nuts to 102Nm.

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The Jeep was pretty dirty as well, so I took it to the DIY Car wash. I can’t take the Jeep through a car wash, due to its permanent roof rack. I usually hose it down at home in my yard, but in the winter I have the outside tap shut off and drained due to frost.

At the same place as where I use the automatic car wash they also have 8 of these DIY car wash bays. Very well equipped. This one is for large cars and small vans. It is very convenient as you can stand on the little platform and easily reach and hose down the top of your car. I love the foaming up!!

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Very easy to use, everything is kept in good order and the water used is warm too. Cheap too, it takes me about ten minutes to foam up the car, pressure wash it, rinse it, spray it with wax coating and a final hose down with de-mineralised water. All for about 2 euro’s. A cup of coffee will cost you more.

Recently they kitted out the machines with these, so no coins, just your bank card.

Mrs. D has banned me from using this place. It is owned by Lukeoil, which is part of Vagit Alekperov empire. Of course, anything to support the Ukraine. But this is the only local petrol station and has excellent car wash facilities too. As they say, the flesh is weak.

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Back home, all clean and shiny looking!!

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I should be done with all the work on the Jeep for now. In a few weeks I am having some of the body work resprayed. Next week I am taking my Mercedes W123 over to my Alfa Specialist Goos. I am allowed to use his CO-analyser. I just want to tweak the CO a bit more.

I should be getting my overhauled steering box back soon too. That will be a big two man job to re-install it. Spanner mate Peter to the rescue!

The Mercedes W123 will also require new disc brakes and pads on all four corners, still to be planned for later this spring.

Next big classic car event for Peter and me is going to be the Practical Car and Classic Show in the NEC in Birmingham, UK. We booked our flight from Amsterdam about six months ago. Looking forward to it.

Jeroen

Last edited by Jeroen : 28th January 2023 at 12:23.
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