She is up and running. Still ironing out a couple of things before I am happy. I have not done the vinyl wrap. I'm not fully happy with the state of the test piece I put on the body molding. It gets dirty quickly and cleaning it is a *****. I'm tempted to just keep the car as it is and enjoy it like this until I can do a respray.
My crazy neighbour whose help on this project has been invaluable. He used to play rugby and comes in handy when something won't move but I want it to.
My sister surveying the whole scene and not afraid to jump in at a moments notice with artistic and even mechanical advice.
I drove the car a bit this weekend. It feels like a completely different car. feels nice and solid. No more annoying clunks and sounds. She is just ghosting along. Wheel alignment is way out as expected. This will be sorted out.
My drivers side door lock was refusing the key to turn so i took it out and apart. I found that one of the pins would not slide open with the key inserted and it's return spring was missing. I pulled it out and now the lock works. Re-installed it and voila!!
After driving the car around for a bit i went under it to check on the power steering rack. So far, no leaks so I am pretty pleased with that.
We also bled the brakes per lexls tutorial and replaced the nasty old lime green coolant with Toyota "Red" coolant.
I recently obtained some rear air struts from someone. I am thinking of converting back to air but the struts are not 100% ok. When I move them around I can hear something falling around on the inside. Also, they compress and extend with very little resistance. I am now wondering if I can use them to rebuild my leaking air strut.
I have been searching our forum but most people just get rid of them as soon as possible and go for aftermarket air or static setups.
I don't want to abandon the oem struts yet as I cannot afford an aftermarket coilover or air system yet. Shipping to Namibia will break your back.
I wonder if anyone has ever attempted to repair oem struts besides plugging leaks.
One of my rear struts had a huge gaping hole so I figured I would cut up the bag and have a look inside.
I searched high and low to see if I could find any cutaway diagrams of the OEM air struts but to no avail.
I have an idea to shorten the OEM struts and install aftermarket bags. This way I can go low and still have the TEMS. I don't know if it is worth the effort but I might want to try it in the future.
The construction of the TEMS strut is more or less straight forward.
I apologise again for the poor photo quality.
I have been quiet for a long while now. I have not done much to the car due to financial constraints.
I removed the brake calipers for rebuilding with new seals. I first cleaned them up and gave them a refresh with red engine enamel paint. The photo does not do the colour justice.
I'm not happy with the rust on the pistons so I'm thinking of leaving them in rust remover for a while. I hope it won't affect the surface finish.