One of my front shock absorbers had been leaking and had finally given up. I contacted AVO and they said if I send the shocks back to them (minus the springs), they would try and fit new seals etc. This would cost about £30 to £40 for each shock (which is much cheaper than buying new ones). As my father has now sold his Lotus Cortina, he very kindly let me use his garage (the first time in 18 years!!) Which is making the job a lot easier!! (Thanks Dad)
I set about removing the shocks and then removed the springs.....which was great fun!
With the shocks removed and stripped, I took a trip to AVO in Northampton to deliver my old shocks for repair.
The following day I was told that my old shocks were beyond economical repair and would offer me a new set for a very good price indeed, so I took them up on the offer. The shocks would take about a week for delivery, so meanwhile I had plenty of time to do some other jobs on the suspension.
When the new drop links arrived the next day (amongst other parts), I noticed that there were no cup washers or sleeves, as per my old set of drop links. I rang Graham Walkers and they said they can no longer get the cup washers and I won't need the sleeve as the new bushes fit tighter to the actual drop link.
I received a phone call from AVO to say my new shocks were ready to collect, so another trip to Northampton was in order:
Other parts from Graham Walkers were drop links, ball joints, track rod ends, trunnions, trunnion kits:
Apparently there is a risk that the end cap can come out and can possibly let water in, so as per recommendations from various people I soldered the end caps.
Once the wishbones etc has been degreased and cleaned, they were ready for a repaint:
Special Thanks to the staff at AVO for their advice and support:
and to the staff at Graham Walkers:
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