It appears that Frank was in a slow decline prior to buying him. As we pull things apart, we discover more and more items that are worn and should have been picked up with regular, attentive servicing.
Just from pulling the front end apart we discovered a few things:
That doesn't look too good, huh? Thankfully they are the same as the Mk 1 Rabbit/Golf.
So we purchased new ball joints, new steering arm ends, new brake lines.
Painted the springs red!
The old shock assembly was quite ill.
Good thing we bought a new pair of these!
As you can see the discs are redrilled in order to fit the 108 rims. Assembled and ready for installing, with brand new shock inserts from Pedders.
The old ball joint is at the bottom, the new at the top. You can see how the joint has been moving and grinding around, The rubber boot was petrified and torn.
The holes on each steering arm were damaged thanks to the wrong bolts (thread and style) being used. They had been jostling in there for an unknown time, chewing away at the alignment slots.
If it were the early eighties you'd simply replace the whole arm but nowadays those are hard to come by here.
So we welded up the holes and filed them back down to size.
Stuck those in there...
Looks like new now!
Caliper is from an B2 Audi 80.
And to make sure no one takes my lovely Ronals?