Archive for March 31, 2012

Dismantling the drive shafts

I had an hour to spare today, so I dived into the garage and set about taking the drive shafts apart. The bolts holding on the stub axles (I think that’s what they are called!) proved a bit more difficult to remove than those holding the differential flanges on. After liberal amounts of WD40 I mounted them in the vice, and tapped the torx socket home to make sure it had as much purchase as it could. Read more

The drive shafts have arrived

The drive shafts arrived today. They are from a 1990 4×4 Sierra. I am very pleased with my first auction win on eBay, they shouldn’t take too much work to refurbish and get looking good as new. The same seller had some difficult to find 100mm non-LSD (equal length) Lobro flanges as well, which he sold to me at a knock down price and no extra postage – bargain!

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The story so far…

The first stage of the build was to organise a visit to Raw to take a look around, ask lots of questions, and test drive the car. As the Striker is so diminutive, I had a concern that I would be too big to fit, but I needn’t have worried, as I in fact needed a booster cushion to reach the pedals. I knew I was making the correct decision almost immediately, the car was very solid, and even though the sun was low in the sky and reflecting off of wet roads, I thoroughly enjoyed the half an hour or so that I had driving.

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