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    Quote Originally Posted by madscientist View Post

    Although painfully slow (usual stuff, work, family, life....), I am going in the right direction with my Nova I think. ..... Colin
    Sounds like you're doing just fine Colin. Looking forward to seeing the photos!

    With my chassis needing so much attention I'll probably not be too ambitious with suspension, etc. My main priority is to get her back on the road and then 'tinker' with such things.

    Cheers, Alistair

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    Hi Alistair,
    Nice update, looking at those pics, talk about a ground-up rebuild, wow.
    Good that you have discovered the corrosion issues now, when you are in a position to correct them.
    Keep up the good work - and the updates coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve View Post
    Hi Alistair,
    Nice update, looking at those pics, talk about a ground-up rebuild, wow.
    Good that you have discovered the corrosion issues now, when you are in a position to correct them.
    Keep up the good work - and the updates coming.
    Steve
    Thanks for that Steve .... here's a wee update!

    I spent some more time in the garage today. I was aware that the body was getting covered in fine dust as a result of all my cutting and grinding, so in order to avoid the risk of it becoming rust covered if it gets wet, I cleaned the body and covered it in poly sheets. I should have done this when I started on the chassis, but hopefully it'll be fine. Despite the odd chip or small scrape, the paint's still in remarkably good condition .... the body's the best part of my Nova!

    Anyway, I started cutting away the rusty sections of the frame head and am happy that what's left is good solid steel. Going down this route (rather than a complete new frame head) means that I'm dealing with thicker steel than the modern replacements. Still got some cleaning up of the rest of the tunnel and the rear torsion arms, etc, but it shouldn't be too long now till I'm posting photos of patch welds on the frame head and new floor pans, etc.

    Cheers all, Alistair

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    Nice work, lucky you can save most of the frame head. Remember when you weld in the patches that the frame head is set up to produce the caster angle so don't leave any weld on the forward face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    Nice work, lucky you can save most of the frame head. Remember when you weld in the patches that the frame head is set up to produce the caster angle so don't leave any weld on the forward face.

    Dirk
    Cheers Dirk. Will do Alistair

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    Hi folks,

    Thought it might be worth mentioning this .... I believe the 'rust worm' problem I'm currently dealing with in the front of my chassis was caused by the lack of a front frame cover plate. I was blissfully unaware that it was missing till I stripped the car, but the fact that the front frame bottom plate and parts of the frame head itself were rotten means that water must have been getting inside the main tunnel. Thankfully the majority of the underside of the main tunnel is still solid, but most of the rot is at the front where the cover plate was missing.

    Go and check you've got one securely in place!

    Alistair

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    Progress has been extremely slow over the past few months. Life just keeps getting in the way, and I had a few health issues through January, so I thought I’d cheer myself up and buy another new component for the Nova. My old front beam is in a bad way, and I’ve been keeping my eye open for a reasonably priced new one for some time. At the weekend I spotted this LHD adjustable beam with needle rollers being sold by VW Heritage for just £194.63 … I contacted them to seek assurances about its quality, and now that I’ve received it I’m delighted. It can be easily converted to RHD by removing and rewelding the steering damper mount and welding on my old steering box stop.

    So with the Spring approaching there’s no more excuses! ….

    Alistair

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    That's a great price and no need to spend time patching up the shock absorber top mounts. And does this give you adjustable front suspension height?

    Keep up the good work
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    It should Phil, but if that beam's the same type as the one I had on my old bug, Alistair may need to modify beam suspension adjusters (cut, rotate and weld is one of the methods I've seen used), or he may find the ride height a "little" too low for a Nova.
    Only going on personal experience, where I had similar on my old bug and even at max height, it was MUCH lower than standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post
    That's a great price and no need to spend time patching up the shock absorber top mounts. And does this give you adjustable front suspension height?

    Keep up the good work
    Yes Phill, it's currently selling at 25% off the original price.

    It gives me the option to keep the standard height or lower it by up to 3", but I suspect I'll keep it pretty close to standard based on how the car previously sat. I'm still toying with the idea of replacing the torsion leaves with torsion bars and fitting coil overs but that's for another day .... I've got a whole lot of things I need to do before I get round to fitting the front beam and fine tuning the suspension.

    Great to see the progress you're making with your Nova!!

    Alistair

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