Entry 32 – Firewall, Brake Hoses, Anti-Roll Bar, Front Suspension, Steering Idler

Heater Box Mounting

Heater Box Mounting

Engine Bay

I got to work early on Sunday morning. There were a few more odds and ends in the engine bay I took care of first including removing some fasteners I had left in the car when I disassembled other components. I also removed the sheet metal patch panel that the previous owner had installed to cover up the rusted through firewall panel behind the battery. I also removed the bolts for the bonnet hinges, some bolts above the rear engine stabilizer, a heater box mounting bolt and a rubber blanking grommet.

Firewall Patch

Firewall Patch

Engine Stabilizer Bolts

Engine Stabilizer Bolts

Blanking Grommet

Blanking Grommet

Front Suspension

It was then time to turn attention to dismantling the front suspension/steering/brakes.

RH Front Suspension

RH Front Suspension

RH Front Suspension

RH Front Suspension

RH Front Suspension

RH Front Suspension

Brake Hoses

I first removed the RH and LH rubber brake hoses attached to clips welded to the inner wheel well and the front brake calipers.

RH Brake Hose

RH Brake Hose

LH Brake Hose

LH Brake Hose

Front Brake Hoses

Front Brake Hoses

Tie Rods, Ball Joints, Brake Calipers

For both sides of the car, I then removed the split pin and castle nut from the outer tie rod ball joint and knocked it (this took major hammering) out of the tie rod lever. I then loosened the two bolts securing the tie rod lever and brake caliper. I could then lift away the caliper and tie rod lever. After removing the large nylock nut on the back of the Stub Axle Shaft I could remove the tie rod lever.

RH Outer Tie Rod

RH Outer Tie Rod

Outer Tie Rod Joint

Outer Tie Rod Joint

LH Front Brake Caliper

LH Front Brake Caliper

RH F. Brake Caliper

RH F. Brake Caliper

Anti-Roll Bar Link

Anti-Roll Bar Link

LH Tie Rod Lever

LH Tie Rod Lever

Anti-Roll Bar

I then removed the Anti-Roll Bar Link. This involved first removing the nylock nut on top of the link and then removing the nylock nut and bolt at the lower end of the link. The link could then be removed. Same procedure for both sides of the car. I then loosened the two 9/16” hex head bolts from the Anti-Roll Bar Frame Brackets on each side of the car and dropped the Anti-Roll Bar away.

ARB Link

ARB Link

ARB Link

ARB Link

ARB Frame Bracket

ARB Frame Bracket

ARB Frame Bracket

ARB Frame Bracket

Anti-Roll Bar

Anti-Roll Bar

ARB Bracket Spacer

ARB Bracket Spacer

ARB Bracket Spacer

ARB Bracket Spacer

ARB Brackets

ARB Brackets

Tie Rod and Steering Idler

Next, I removed the split pins and castle nuts for the ball joints on the inside of the outer tie rods on both sides of the car. I could then remove both outer tie rods. I then loosened the nylock nuts on that hold the tie rod tube to the steering box and the steering idler. I then removed the tie rod tube. As the last thing for the day, I loosened the four bolts that held the steering idler to the front suspension cross member assembly, and removed the steering idler. The top two bolts are shorter than the bottom two.

Tie Rod Ball Joint

Tie Rod Ball Joint

Tie Rod Tube

Tie Rod Tube

Steering Idler

Steering Idler

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