Managed to get a bit more done yesterday. Found a few things which may help explain the accident aswell.
First find was a tear and a small ripple in the N/S chassis leg
. No idea how this got caused in the accident. Maybe an earlier bump?
Next thing I found on the O/S is a snapped driveshaft. Its sheared off as it goes into the outer CV joint. It was still in the CV boot so no obvious sign it had gone without driving it. Once the shaft was off I could see that the OS caliper wasnt sitting right and was weeping fluid. I use Wilwood calipers with a bespoke mounting bracket. It looks like the heat has caused the caliper to bracket bolt to loosen. The one bolt has then wound itself out. The bit I dont understand is the caliper has then kicked over and the bolt has dropped down jamming the caliper over so that the pads werent running true and the disc was biting into the caliper
. How can it do that though with the pads holding the caliper true to the disc???? This would explain having to pump the breaks from the start of that last stage. When I bled the brakes earler in the day there was no sign of anything being loose on either caliper and they were definately running true at that point.
Front crossmember. It doesnt appear symmetrical? It looks like the OS has a steeper angle to it than the N/S. Maybe a deeper well for the cambelt housing? I cant find any kinks or impact marks or anything that might suggest its bent. Anyone confirm what it should look like? Anyone got one for sale? I could do with a spare anyway.
Anyway better news. Engine is on the floor and on first inpection the cambelts havent jumped, they appear to still be timed and the engine turns over by hand
Thats one worry less hopefully.
On even better news they issued the Heart Of England Rally Championship results yesterday.
1st front wheel drive
1st in the upto 1400cc class
2nd overall driver and co-driver
Really pleased with those results only being beaten by a young guy in a 2litre mk II Escort. I know him well and he deserves the overall title.
For me it shows that there is life in the old dog yet so its worth pressing on with the rebuild.