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Old 12-05-2018   #61
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Re: Rescued Schumacher Edition Sei

My son is out for the day in his car so I will try and go the through the list tomorrow or Monday if I can and get back to you.

Thanks for your time and help.
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Re: Rescued Schumacher Edition Sei

Quick update of suspension disassembly. Everything was seized/snapping despite copious Plusgas bath.

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Been at the Sei over the last few months, getting the back-end stripped-down with the intention of refurbishing the rear beam, replacing the arms (and disintegrated bushings), bare-metal etch prime and applying Dinitrol products to the chassis legs and underbody.

On the right, I disassembled the suspension, removed the backplate and loosened the rear beam retaining bolts. I then noted that I didn't actually have to do that and could drop the whole thing in one go. I moved to the left side and proceeded to loosen the large bolts too. I got a jack under the beam to take its weight.





I then noted that the petrol tank is suspended at two points on the beam and found reference online to these being two welded studs. I had given these lots of Plusgas but they both rotated when I started undoing the nuts. I thought I had broken the captive bolts and they were spinning in the beam, /so I decided to take a 7/16 imperial nut and started it on the bolt, holding the nylock nut still with a spanner.



The stainless 7/16 nut (which can be seen above) did what I wanted and bit into the metric bolt and started turning the bolt through the nut. I carried on until the bolt was as unscrewed as far as it would go. I then snapped the bolt. I had to repeat on the other side too. This took ages and when I finally saw that they were in fact regular bolts and not captive I could have just used a drop-neck spanner to hold them. I am unsure if they were always regular bolts, or had been replaced when the petrol tank was replaced (it is clearly not the factory original and possibly done in the recall - with an SPI unit!).

In any case, I got the tank separated and moved the jack backward slightly to clear the beam lugs. I then set about splitting the bake lines from the flexi-hoses and, of course, they were corroded and started to twist so I decided to crush them to retain as much brake fluid in the system as possible and then cut them. I will replace them later.

Finally:



I will strip the arms off and find a place to have the beam bead blasted and painted.

While I was under the left-hand side, I found some more rot in the boot side and arch roof that will need addressed .



While I was doing that, my other half was making the most of the highly-rare Caithness sun and kindly painted the new drums which will go on as one of the last jobs on the car. I think she did an amazing job.

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Re: Rescued Schumacher Edition Sei

So, I did a bit of work on the car today. I got the rear beam stripped of arms, bump stops and all the little clips it has prior to being blasted and painted.




For those wondering, the underside of the car now looks like this:



There is some surface rust around the mounting points which I am eager to treat and then Dinitrol inside and outside the chassis rails.
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Re: Rescued Schumacher Edition Sei

Nice one I too only just bought a cinq sporting after a good few years of not owning one welcome back
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Thank you and I'm looking forward to reading your posts Zonbin.
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Re: Rescued Schumacher Edition Sei

The rear beam has now been blasted and painted. Here is the before and after:



I am very happy with the result.
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Re: Rescued Schumacher Edition Sei

good heavens Jamie!

It looks like a part out of an air-fix kit! that doesn't look real!!

good effort!!
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Thank you - I can't wait to start building it back up.
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Re: Rescued Schumacher Edition Sei

Micro-update:

I got replacement end caps to replace the destroyed originals and put new spring seats on.


I'm currently stripping the old trailing arms down so I can have an engineering firm transfer the ABS sensor aperture positions and drill/tap the new ABS arms, which have not been processed at FIAT.
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Re: Rescued Schumacher Edition Sei

Massive difference. Nice to see your going far and beyond.

Keep it going. 👍
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