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the_magician's luggage made Fenchurch fail the MOT

Two of the failure points were 'headlight aim too high.' This confused me because I haven't altered the aim since she passed the test last year. Then dad pointed out that the back end of the car is practically dragging on the ground because of the knackered leaf springs, so the whole car is tilted up at the front... :)

She also failed due to my messing around with the handbrake on Saturday, which was previously working but not very well, and is now not working at all on one side. I reckon a pair of new cables will cure the problem.


Thanks, but I already bought a pair at the National. I just need to get Lintilla running reliably first so I can switch to using her as my daily driver and take Fenchurch off the road for maintenance.
tsk, take you half a day to replace the rear springs. Assume you are going to re-bush them at the same time?

you did tell me you had bought new springs. I told you about my memory (or lack of it)... Who are you, again?
I am the walrus.

I've got a full Superflex polybush set so I can rebuild the whole suspension at the same time. I'd ideally like to do it when new swivel pins are available just in case I find when I have them apart that they are badly worn. I want to take the opportunity at the same time to do things like replace the diff oil seal, clean up and paint the axle and all the front suspension parts, etc. One of the rear dampers is weeping slightly so I might replace them both with rebuilt ones (I've already replaced the front ones). I was going to do the handbrake cables too but that job's been brought forward a bit. I've been considering wrapping the new springs in Denso tape - it's supposed to keep them in good condition much longer.
i'm dribbling slightly at the list of stuff you have to do - some because it's stuff i actually know how to do, and some because it's stuff i need to learn how to do.

I've heard good and not so good about Denso, about whether it is worth it - can it be put on after the springs are fitted or does it need to be wrapped round before they are put on? I like it partly because it's a cool name. Denso. Cool. I think i remember hearing that it increases the stiffness of the springs, does that sound right?

Do you rebuild the dampers yourself or buy recon ones?

weird, i know the eggman, i should introduce you guys.
I don't know how you are supposed to fit the Denso - need to ask on the forum when I'm ready to do it. I've heard it makes them a bit stiffer too. AFAIK rebuilding dampers is not a DIY job because you need special presses and jigs and things to do it.

Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for your van to run.
i think you may be a genius, holden.
There's a fine line between genius and wearing your underpants on your head and pencils up your nostrils, Wibble.
... as Angelina Jolie was only just telling me.