Since replacing the auto box on this car (the 1850) I've decided to make up a list of what will need to be done. So not in any particular order:
Replace the shock absorbers. (I want to use standard ones. A combination of worn suspension & a full load of passengers is my lowering kit
Replace the springs (standard ones for the reason above)
Rebush the suspension. What is best for normal road use?
Clean and repaint the suspension components. (I might either fit some decent ones or usuable ones and refurb my originals at leisure so as not to have Brown out of action for too long.)
Rebuild or replace the carbs. My mate might be able to do something with them.
Replace the track rod ends.
Check the front wheel tracking. (after I've fitted new track rod ends)
Replace the front tyres. (this will be done at the same time as the tracking)
Replace the OSR bumper corner. (I might fit the spare 1500fwd bumper I've got but it needs the early type number plate light. Brown's has the later type)
Change engine oil.
Change oil filter (I'm considering a spin-on conversion)
Change the air filters.
Fit a "Dolomite automatic" bootlid badge. (I've got the "Dolomite" one fitted)
Replace the bottom balljoints.
Replace the OSR door locking button which has split. I've got a spare one somewhere.
Replace the wing mirrors or fit door mirrors. I've got a couple of driver's door mirrors.
Resparay the bonnet, bootlid and roof. The rest of the paintwork is fine.
Replace the Rimmer's sports exhaust with a standard one.
Clean the Sprint alloys.
Replace the brake hoses.
Some of these jobs won't need doing just yet. Money will be a deciding factor as well. I can do most of this work myself but as I don't have a garage (unless I take it to my mate's) I'm at the mercy of the elements. If anyone can supply me with the parts I need it'll be much appreciated. I'm already trawling eBay to see if I can find stuff cheaper. I'll get some pics posted as jobs are done.
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