Thanks fortnum 1977. What do you mean by chassis legs?
For the rear suspension, I have this:
The leafs front fixing
The leafs rear fixing, Y bush
The rear shock absorbers lower fixing
The body without the axle
Cheers, great photos, I think the chassis legs are what the leaf spring hinges mount on to. And they are of great concern to me as I should imagine rotten ones could see you losing your rear axle on the motor way.
The chassis legs are the sections running from the "Y" bushes to the rear and they also carry the brackets for the bumper. Although supplied with generous drain holes, they do seem to be a problem on some cars. In really bad cases, the whole lot could collapse but the gauge of metal used should prevent that stage ever being reached. Pumping them full of waxoyl over the years has preserved mine.
The business end is the front as that takes all the thrust and stress of the spring etc but seems to last much better especially on the exhaust side due to the heat. The spring mountings and the reinforcements at the front end of the spring are very strong and built like an outside khazi
If you study the image posted of the rear underside, you can see that the rear chassis legs are just the end of a "U" shaped channel running from the end of the car and then turning inwards at the point where the spring is attached. It's like a mini chassis and not prone to much trouble except in the area of the rear spring mounting.
It's quite possible to have thoroughly rotten sills but the "mini chassis" is well inboard at the front and made of good gauge steel.
Well, when I bought the car I thought it was possible to put it back on the road but as the dismantling goes, it seems that it would have been very very costy to retore it: the complete interior, the engine, gearbox, drive train and the rusted body......
Here's the car the day I bought it: "not so bad"
But the rust were everywhere
the good point is that it left parts for my others P5
Post by lordcappuccino on Nov 16, 2011 22:25:38 GMT
Thats a pretty impressive collection of photos - as previously stated, a lot of work went into these cars. Hope you manage get that P5B back on the road (the one with the broken engine...not the one in the picture!)
The work goes on slowly, the engine is now out of the car and I'll open it to see what's wrong inside. No doubt it'll go on the road but when..... Anyway, I'm not really "P5BCoupéless" because I have a rolling one to enjoy.
Could anyone supply a photo ,of the pulleys for the brake cable.On the car I am restoring,the one that appears to fit on the inner wing,is missing.The bulkhead one is there .A photo of this area would be of great help,I can get the parts made if I know what they look like ,Len
I've copied this across from your original post where it's likely to get missed. Cyf may have what you need.