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Re: Senator A Build
« Reply #30 on: 07 September 2016, 21:53:55 »

Time to start pulling the rear suspension apart


One of the trailing arm spring seats, massive MOT fail. The guy who owns the car told me that the TUV tester in Germany wasn't impressed either the last time it was tested


Before starting the repairs on the rear arms they had the stripped. Home made puller to remover the inner drive flange



You can see that the rotten spring seat has been removed and the hole its left behind. Also you may notice that there is no bearing housing, with the Senator arms the bearing housing is bolted so once the inner flange is removed you can just un-bolt the housing which makes a bearing change so easy. Why did GM change this i don't know


Ah, bearing being pressed out of the housing


The hatching is everything that needs removing


Template made up


Rotten section cut out


The blackened part in the fore ground was the next piece to come out


And welded in


Ground back and painted with weld through primer


New top plated fitted


Cleaned up


New spring seat fitted


To compare. New arm on the left and repaired on the right


Fuel Tank Next
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Re: Senator A Build
« Reply #31 on: 08 September 2016, 09:11:26 »

With a Royale up my parent's drive, which the intention is to do up one day.... this gives me food for thought - and a sick feeling in my stomach!! I suspect I'll learn to weld! Fabulous work, looking forward to more!  :)
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Re: Senator A Build
« Reply #32 on: 13 September 2016, 22:04:21 »

Well your not far from me, if you want me to take a look at it let me know

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Re: Senator A Build
« Reply #33 on: 13 September 2016, 22:32:33 »

Fuel tank all cleaned and repainted with five coats of stone chip and its also had a coat of epoxy primer just to make sure. Tank sender was taken out and tested ok and all the rubber pipes and clips have been replaced


Now the rear lower arms had been repaired the rest of the suspension needed sorting so i could get the car back on the ground and off to paint.

Now the only way i was going to get all the parts cleaned was to media blast them. I'd been looking for a cabinet for a while at the right price but nothing was coming up for sale so, i built my own.

I'd built a cabinet years ago that used to house my wash tank made from a 205 ltr drum but as i now had a proper wash tank i converted this to a blast cabinet. The gun, glass & gloves came from Sealey as you can buy spares for there cabinets and i've used Garnet as the media. This will do the job for now but once i've re arranged the workshop i'll get a proper one.




Some items cleaned


Brakes painted

The Calipers were all stripped, cleaned & painted. The rear pistons and boots were all good so they have gone back but the front piston seals & boots all need to be replaced, Master Cylinder as also good.

Some other finished items






Now it was about this time i got coerced into buying another car.......................well it didn't take much for me to say yes









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Re: Senator A Build
« Reply #34 on: 13 September 2016, 22:51:10 »

So how did i end up buying another car. It started off as one of those throw away comments and snowballed from there. The guy who owns this Senator is also the un-offical parts supplier for Bitter http://www.bittercars.com/ in the US.
He'd been up to New York and collected a white rag top and sent some pics over.

I just happened to mention to him that i'd always liked the two door SC but as only 450 were ever built the chances of owning one were slim.

I then got an email back saying he had one for sale, in fact it's number 8 and is the oldest SC known.It was also the US launch car that would go round a promote the new dealerships as they opened.  After a few more emails and pictures we done a deal and now its mine, only slight problem is its in NC so i've got to get it shipped over either in a container or RoRo but before that can happen we need to know if the car was registered new in Germany or the US as this will impact on import duty & VAT.

Anyway, a couple of pics









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Re: Senator A Build
« Reply #35 on: 14 September 2016, 06:49:01 »

Thatīs a cool car  8)

Goood luck with it  :)
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« Reply #36 on: 14 September 2016, 10:23:46 »

Adore Bitters, they look stunning.  :)
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Re: Senator A Build
« Reply #37 on: 14 September 2016, 10:28:28 »

Some nice work there Andy  :y

You must also be a gluten for punishment taking on more restoration  :D
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Re: Senator A Build
« Reply #38 on: 11 February 2017, 20:01:35 »

Ok while i'm sitting here convalescing it's about time for an update on this project. Most of the work since the last up date has been stripping,cleaning, painting etc

First thing to do was to build up the rear suspension so i could get it back on its wheels ready for going to paint. The repaired trailing arms were painted with an epoxy mastic primer from http://www.rust.co.uk/ which is a real strange paint to spray but once on it does give s great finish


Rear Axle carrier


Trailing Arm


Front Cross Member

Did have a spot of trouble with the trailing arms bushes. After having a tool made to be able to compress the bushes to fit them in the arms we could get any correct bushes, seems all the Ob stock dealers in Europe are listing the Carlton bush as an early Senator bush. The bush body is the same size but its seven mil to long and still did not fit after cutting the centre tube to the correct length so we may have to go down the poly bush route.

Although this was a bit of a set back we did have a new pair of arms which were going to be used on the Monza (Next Project) so these have been employed for the time being.

Diff was all cleaned and new pinion and drive side seals were fitted so this could be fitted to the axle carrier


Back end complete, well not fully but enough to get it on the ground


One of the front struts ready for re-build


Complete and fitted





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Re: Senator A Build
« Reply #39 on: 16 December 2018, 23:50:18 »

Think i need to update the tread. I'll start again with the painted shell









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Re: Senator A Build
« Reply #40 on: Yesterday at 08:23:52 »

Think i need to update the tread. I'll start again with the painted shell
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It's looking good Andy  :y


I remember looking at these when they were new cars ....  ???
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Re: Senator A Build
« Reply #41 on: Yesterday at 10:57:11 »

Brilliant thread.

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Re: Senator A Build
« Reply #42 on: Yesterday at 14:56:16 »

Awesome mate. Lot of work there  :y
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