The 156 looked very forelorn on Saturday evening minus the front suspension!
Took it all off to find the n/s inner cv boot split .. and nothing open over the bank holiday!
Then remembered I had a spare drive shaft at the back of the garage so swapped the joints and boots over (easier that trying to get that hub nut off plus the spare had a nick in the outer boot!).
N/S lower balljoint was very sloppy and loose in the arm .. o/s a bit tighter but didn't appear to be any grease as the rubber was flat. Uppers weren't as bad but rubber boots were starting to perish and crack so wouldn't have taken too much more punishment.
Didn't touch the a/r bar as I couldn't see how to get that out with the cross member in place .. I'll save up for the GTA bars and do a straight swap and drop the cross member. Didn't appear to be too much play in the bushes anyway, so chose not to destroy the shaft collars in case I still couldn't get to the brackets ... cluck, cluck ...
New Delphi arms fitted with no problems. The uppers were a much tighter fit on the mounting .. one old one had some sideways play. New nuts cam with all the parts, but odd the Meyle droplinks came with 15mm nuts!! They do look good though.
Bit of a touchup to the underseal when it had started to come away from the inner wing in a few places. Surface rust underneath only luckily. Still solid for nearly 14 years old!
And hammered out the massive ding in the Zeatek undertray courtesy of the car park at Milton Keynes Bowl. It's taken a few big whacks and all that has saved the sump and bellhousing from what could be serious damage.
So now to order new tyres then onwards to the MOT ..