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Postby nigel1 » Sun Jul 23, 2006 7:29 pm

Pop,
I'm glad I went now, my car was winer of the post 1975 sport cars class
Yippee, its first time in being entered for any sort of competition

Gordon, I saw the cross member that Robin offered, looked very good

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Postby [email protected] » Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:03 pm


Gordon, I saw the cross member that Robin offered, looked very good

thx m8, rub salt in the wound. :evil:

ha ha only joking :lol:

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Postby [email protected] » Wed Aug 16, 2006 6:11 pm

Another update on the saga of the front subframe.........

After phoning various breaker yards and using email I finally found a subframe!
It was from a breakers advertised in the JEC mag. 8)

It was delivered asap and was in very good condition.
My car went in to my friends garage (yes, it’s nearly finished!) and the front subframe was stripped out.
However on removal we noticed the springs and bottom pans were past there sell by date. :cry:

But as luck would have it the delivered part came complete with wishbones and springs. :P
So in it all went bits and all.

Then came the final bit of dropping the car on to its wheels.
We couldn’t believe it, it was pointing skywards with a 6 inch gap between the wheels and the wheel arch!!
Yes, you guessed it the subframe was out of a V12. :oops:
But I didn’t order a V12!

Not to worry I’ll buy some new springs I said. :idea:
The good news is Jaguar sell them at £112 a pair (was that the good news??) but the bad news is they don’t have any in and don’t know when they’ll be making any more!!

So the back up plan kicked in.
I invested in some replacement springs from a reputable dealer for a tidy sum of £75 for the pair. :lol:
All we have to do now is fit them.

I’ll keep you posted. :wink:

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V12 Subframe

Postby dhdove » Thu Aug 17, 2006 7:34 pm

Shame, quick getaways would look awesome, if you could stop it from flipping over a la Le Mans Mercedes...... :twisted:
The steering might be a tad light though......
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On the road again!

Postby [email protected] » Sat Aug 19, 2006 6:14 pm

Well I made it through to the other side. lol :lol:
My car is now up and running again. weeeeeeeeeeee :P

But look what I've found. :idea:
Below is a photo of the damage.
It doesn't look like rot to me. It looks more like metal fatigue. The wishbone has broken clean away.

It turns out that when the car was stripped down, my car didn't have the usual set up but an uprated (stiffer) suspension system.
We have a lot of speed humps up our way and we are now wondering if this is the cause of the damage. :?:
I did always wonder why my Father in-law said my car drove like a brick!!
I'll avoid those speed humps from now on. :evil:

http://www.razey.karoo.net/images/wishbone.jpg


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