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The front suspension / steering could have been removed as a complete unit and just bolted straight onto the Beauford as we have seen with some other builds. We have chosen to refurbish all of our component parts, so to make it easier to undo all of the tight nuts and bolts and to split the ball joints it was dismantled whilst still on the donor car, not having to chase the assembly around the garage floor later.

I’m not going to go into great detail here as its basic nut and bolts. The sequence of stripping was:-

1:  Both front road wheels removed.
2:  Anti roll bar bush nuts and washers removed.
3:  Lower arm ball joints split from hub carriers.
4:  Lower arms unbolted from cross member and removed. (Bolts put back into cross member as they will be reused)
5:  Anti roll bar clamps unbolted from chassis, (Clamps marked as to which way round and what side of the car they fit) and the anti roll bar removed.
6:  Track rod ends split from the hub carriers.
7:  Steering column to steering rack joint loosened to allow rack removal.
8:  Power steering pipe between the rack and the pump, union disconnected from the pump and drained into a container.
9:  Power steering pipe from the reservoir to the rack disconnected.
10: Two bolts removed that go through the rack into the cross member. (From the top)
11: Rack removed.
12: Hub carrier clamp bolts removed, plenty of WD40 here as they are prone to snapping.
13: Brake pipes removed ad fluid drained.
14: Hub carriers persuaded! away from the struts with a large hammer and more WD40. (Would have been worth soaking these the day before with WD40)
15: The engine was securely supported on blocks and then the lower engine mount nuts removed.
16: Finally the four cross member bolts were undone and the cross member removed from the car.

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