Saturday, 5 January 2013

More parts being cleaned and refurbished

I've carried on cleaning the 2nd longer drive shaft  So I started by taking apart the CV joint. It was very tricky with it off the car. In the end I placed one Allen in key in one nut and then used this to push against the floor so the driveshaft wouldn't rotate. I then had an allen key bit which would fit my breaker bar and 1 by 1 they came lose.

leaving me with....and at this point I had already done some cleaning of the balls.

I continued to clean and remove all the grease, I was lucky the amount of actual grit in there was very minimal and it was clear the joint had not been run dry.After cleaning I was left with the below...

I then put the CV joint back together using the youtube video guide before, took me less than a minute. At this point I'm still waiting to put the CV joint back together fully as I ordered the wrong CV boot. 

So I set that aside and set about refurbishing the rest of the drive shaft including the drive shaft bearing bracket. So I always mask up any area I don't want painting on spray paint on. I then sand smooth and finally paint with rust converter which also works as a primer. I then spray the parts. the 2 parts of the drive shaft are now completed and waiting for the new boot to be put back together.

I've now started to clean up other parts I will need including the engine mounts. the amount of surface rust was high on this piece so I used a screw driver to get off the large flakes and then wire wool and meths to loosen and work off the rest as best I can. Again the part was then painted with rust converter and finally sprayed. I masked up the rubber as although it may not be black in colour paint will just flake off quickly. I'm not after a new finish but a protected and nice finish.

I need to tidy the garage and store parts I'm completing safer so they don't get damaged or chipped as well as my tools, so next stage is to find some cheap shelving nad have a good tidy first.


  1. Keep up the good work! You're completing my dream project and doing right by refurbing all the MR2 bits.

  2. Cheers Ben, may as well do it right first time! I'm hoping when it comes to actually working on the kit it will be a clean environment an easy area to work in.