Whilst the car is still up on axle stands waiting for brake calipers, I thought I would push on with a trial fit of the induction system. I was worried for a bit the the throttle linkage would clash with the chassis tube, but it's looking good.
With the axle casing away to get new brackets welded on, I turned my attention to other suspension bits. The bushes were all well past their sell by date and Redline had provided replacements. As usual, they were completely stuck in place, specifically the A frame outer ones.
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Maybe it's because the passing of the years has made me vulnerable to future shock, but the cost of my axle upgrade is rapidly reaching 'head in the sand' levels of disbelief. The diff is probably the least impressive thing I've spent £1217.90 on!
The UPS man delivered my package from Jigsaw racing containing a new crown wheel and pinion for a Morris/Ital/Standard/Triumph axle. Road and Race transmission can turn round my differential in about 3 hours, and will pop round the corner to Quaife for an LSD.
With the axle out of the car, it's condition became easy to assess. The suspension pickup points will need to be replaced as they have worn or rusted right through, as you can see from the pictures.
Having got the car back with the corroded chassis tube repaired, it became obvious as we unloaded it that the back axle is leaking oil. I decided it had to come out so that I could get a good look at it. The rear suspension hasn't been apart for 15 years, so it was all a bit seized up.