Today was a mild day, so I worked a little on the subframe!
First step: Clean the welds and apply some primer to avoid surface rust:
Then I wanted to test fit the IRS arms, but I had to insert new poly-bushings first!
So I painted the area of the arms where the bushing go:
Always apply plenty of grease!
The next part was the gearbox rear cradle (which I bought already 3 years ago in Bitburg!)
Of course I wanted to test fit the gearbox now, but as it is a 1303 unit, the nose cone had to be changed - and the hockey stick as well . Remember, Type 3 models have a different location for the shift rod coupler!
This is the donor gearbox, an "AT" ratio, 1303 box!
As I need the 2-bolt pattern, the nose cone had to be changed:
Here is a comparison between 3-bolt and 2-bolt pattern:
I checked the drain plug for signs of wear, but there was only a little debris on the magnet - a good sign!
All that goo came off easily + the thread was cleaned, as it was heavily corroded on the outer end (see above) :
Here are the hockey sticks: Note the different hole locations:
The new nose cone will get a new brass bushing and a new oil seal:
Afterwards I could mock-up everything:
Now it was time to check the most important issue: Will there be enough room for the CV joint?
So, I was in the mood to check the Cup bar:
All in all a real efficient afternoon!