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Decided since it was a nice morning to paint the new axle with some good old hammerite and to make a start at removing the rear axle on the van. 

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Once i started poking at it i discovered that maybe if i had just left it a few more miles the axle might have removed itself... held on only by rust as far as i can see.. 

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BUT.. before i could go any further and split the brake lines... Scottish weather arrived. 

You can't really see it but its pi$$ing down! 

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Game over for today i guess. 

 

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I remember snapping two of those U bolts when I swapped mine so you might want some spares handy (or take it easy / clean threads, etc). From memory GSF sold replacements

 

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8 hours ago, m6m62 said:

I remember snapping two of those U bolts when I swapped mine so you might want some spares handy (or take it easy / clean threads, etc). From memory GSF sold replacements

 

Yeah, I read quite a few reports and expected a lot of issues. Figured that while it was apart I would take the chance to replace as much as is practical. So I bought all new u-bolts, stub axle bolts, and ordered new stop plates since those ones disintegrated yesterday. VW say they will arrive by Wednesday. 

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What a day... old axle off. It put up some fight though. U-Bolts had to be cut off, brake lines had to be cut (new ones on a rush order from eurocarparts), and passenger side, rear leaf spring bushing bolt was seized in the hole so that took a lot of the time working that out. 

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The handbrake cable clip produced a few choice words before it finally came out. 

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And the new parts ready to go on... job is taking longer than i had hoped. A consequence of trying to do this and renovate a house at the same time. Anybody got some spare time i can borrow! 

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Bit more axle work yesterday in between showers and other commitments. 

Old dampers removed... in the nick of time  by the looks of it as they are in pretty bad shape. 

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New brake line clips on the axle and ran a tap down the hub bolt holes. 

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Drums rebuilt with new bearings and dust seals. 

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Also fitted new rubber grommets to the backing plates. 

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Finished off by stripping and rebuilding the brakes. 

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Tomorrow i should be making up some new brake lines and hopefully if the new bolts I've ordered arrive then i can fit the axle back to the van.  

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When you put the brake lines in use the lower position on the clips on the passenger side. If you use the top position (as per standard), the line can hit the exhaust and get crushed. Happened to mine and seen it happen to others.

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Another busy day.

Started with making up some new brake lines. 

 

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Then moved on to fitting of the axle. 

 

Apparently the dog thought this was a premium time to play.... 

 

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Axle on

 

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Having no frame of reference i just random chose a position on the spring shackles. 

 

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I'll see how she settles out and rides before i decide if i need to go lower.

 

Rain stopped play for a while just as i was trying to finish up. 

 

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Tomorrow weather depending i'll tackle the coilovers on the front. 

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It's coming along well

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Done! Another day of fighting with the van. Surprisingly the actual suspension bolts were in fine fettle and well copperslipped (god bless the mechanic who did that last). But the top mount nut was a different story.... took some fighting, a rattle gun and a lot of swear words. But its done. 

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And a quick wash to remove at least some of the grime of the last few days. Actually quite pleased with how its turned out and the handling has been transformed. A noticeable difference. 

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Hi mate,

I stumbled across this forum on google and i am actually the current owner of this van.

It looks a wee bit different now. Tried to upload a picture but it failed but it’s now black and half way through a camper conversion.

 

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18 hours ago, Fmclean42 said:

Hi mate,

I stumbled across this forum on google and i am actually the current owner of this van.

It looks a wee bit different now. Tried to upload a picture but it failed but it’s now black and half way through a camper conversion.

 

Ah... you bought it off Neil? Nice one. I saw some photos he had of it in black. Looks much better. No idea why all the photos have vanished on here, its the sites own platform but for some reason has stopped displaying them. I use Flickr instead now. 

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19 hours ago, Fmclean42 said:

Yeh swapped Neil a mk2 golf for it, you wouldn’t happen to know what car the reccaro seats are out of?

Im pretty sure Neil said they came out of an A4 originally. But you'd have to ask him to be sure. 

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