Over the past few weekends I've had the opportunity to clean up my front and rear suspension while the body shell is in for metal and paint. As it turns out many of the components were actually already new/replacement parts including all the shocks, leaf springs, coil springs, brakes, kingpins and wheel hubs!
At some point before I bought the car, someone had spray painted much of the underside and suspension black. While this may have helped preserve things, I've taken it upon myself to disassembled everything so I could properly clean, re-paint & re-plate all the hardware so that cosmetically everything looks right. I'll be replacing the front wishbone bushings and a few other odds and ends while I'm at it.
With the rear axle I replaced the emergency brake cable as well as the old steel brake lines that were showing some pitting. I inspected the brakes and wheel hubs which have clearly been recently renewed by the previous owner. No leaks, smooth function, looks good!
I even finished the hubs off with some new chrome knock-offs
I'll wait until the body returns from the paint shop to reassemble all of the springs etc to the car.
Until next time...