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Old 24th November 2016, 14:16
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So here's the before and after images - hopefully you can see that there always was a slight negative camber even before the mod was done - [IMG]Screenshot_2016-11-22-23-06-38 by paul ward, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Old 24th November 2016, 14:18
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here's the spring - and the leaf we took out
DSC_0011 by paul ward, on Flickr
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Old 24th November 2016, 16:06
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Hi Paul, I see what you mean about the negative camber. Normally, when you reduce the weight bearing down on the rear spring you make the camber more positive, not negative as you have. Do you know which spring and half shafts you have in your car? Mine are both from the later Spitfire with the 2" wider track and if I fitted the earlier spring, I would get an excess of negative camber like you have. If you like, I can measure the length of my spring eye centre to eye centre so you can compare yours and mine to know which spring you have. Have you asked whoever you bought the car from if they did anything with the rear spring?
Regarding my own car, once I got it back from the welder I set about rust proofing it with a product called Metalmorphosis which seems to be well thought of by the Landrover Club. It worked very well on the rear of the chassis where there was still a bit of light surface rust and gave a nice dark blue almost black finish. The rest of the original chassis has also been successful but the new metal has not. In fact, the finish looks as if the product has caused the surface of the new metal to rust. It's really strange, because I attacked this with a wire brush in the angle grinder and the metal itself underneath the Metalmorphosis was still nice and bright with no sign of any rust at all. However, I am going to remove it from all the new metal then give it a few coats of normal undercoat before finishing it off with a nice silver top coat. I don't think it will happen any time soon though as it's really too cold (-8 degrees last night) for the paint to cure and dry properly and that cold weather is forecast to remain for a while. Let me know if you want me to measure the spring and half shafts, I should be able to do it on Saturday.
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ok sure - if you get a chance measure it for me,
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Old 25th November 2016, 13:42
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Hi Paul, My spring is 41 inches or 104 centimetres eye centre to eye centre. This is obviously with it out of the car and resting on its' side. Hope this helps, Paul (A)
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Thanks, I spoke to a spring manufacturer today, going to go see them on Monday hopefully
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Hi Paul, Did you get any joy from the spring manufacturer and were you able to measure the length of your spring?
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Hi Paul, Did you get any joy from the spring manufacturer and were you able to measure the length of your spring?
I took it down on Wednesday, hopefully pick it up next week - it's anyone's guess if it will work or not - fingers crossed
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I'll cross mine for you too!
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ok, so a few updates - firstly I've made a small aluminum bracket to allow me to fit the second aeroscreen - DSC_0053 by paul ward, on Flickr
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Old 8th December 2016, 22:50
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now the suspension saga ....

so I had two of the main spring leaves remade slightly longer to try and compensate for the camber issue but retain the softness in the spring that was achieved by taking one leaf out -
so here in this pic you can see the longer piece - obove the previous shorter one -

DSC_0055 by paul ward, on Flickr
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Has it solved it - well the camber is still there, but maybe not quite as bad as it was - but the main thing is that the spring is no longer hitting the body of the car - so although it hasn't worked perfectly as far as the camber is concerned, it has raised the body height just enough to make it useable now.

here's the before and after fitting the longer spring -
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next job now is to remake the wheelarch supports
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Good to see you are making progress with the rear suspension.
( Unfortunately, I can offer no technical advice whatsoever. )

I love the passenger aero screen mount.

Good luck, Paul.
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Good to see you are making progress with the rear suspension.
( Unfortunately, I can offer no technical advice whatsoever. )

I love the passenger aero screen mount.

Good luck, Paul.
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Old 10th December 2016, 16:33
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added some shims to the radius arms to try and correct the 'toe in' on the tracking -
DSC_0076 by paul ward, on Flickr
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Old 10th December 2016, 16:40
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made a aerodynamic mirror cover today, just got to paint it now
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Your car is looking good Paul. Do you know how much negative camber you have now? How did you make the mirror cowling?
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Your car is looking good Paul. Do you know how much negative camber you have now? How did you make the mirror cowling?
the negative camber as it is now is the last two rear end pics above this - still some negative camber - but not that far off what the car was originally before I started messing with the springs. I think the only way to get it any better now would be the camber adjustment kit that you can weld onto the top of the vertical links - and I'm not sure I want that much hassle at the moment.

My guy is hopefully going to rebuild the wheelarch supports next out of solid rod - with any luck it will then be ready to take home again.
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