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    Interested to see this when done.

    I'm discovering the joys of having to tap the bolt holes in the subframe. There's little powdercoat in them but plenty of accumulated crud..

    I'll post the required sizes and thread pitches for you.

    There's quite a selection of sizes and pitches.
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    Good turn around time for the frame, 6 days. Picking the sub frame up on Monday from Howells. I'll post up a pic of the galvanized frame next week. I'll then be applying a 1K etch primer that I'll be gun spraying followed up by 1K acrylic black for the top coats that I have in spray cans. Then it'll be ready for a new set of OE bushes and finally fitting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rider View Post
    Good turn around time for the frame, 6 days. Picking the sub frame up on Monday from Howells. I'll post up a pic of the galvanized frame next week. I'll then be applying a 1K etch primer that I'll be gun spraying followed up by 1K acrylic black for the top coats that I have in spray cans. Then it'll be ready for a new set of OE bushes and finally fitting.
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    Do you have all the relevant presses to refit the bushes? I've yet to get a suitable kit for the rear diff bushes. I would be interested to know what you're using.
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    From what I have read to get the new bushes in you need a sturdy hammer and some grease. Outside of that I'll have to create some clasps for one of my flywheel pullers and convert it into a centre press.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwilkinson View Post
    As part of my car restoration I have considered having the shell dipped, but I have read a number of horror stories whereby the acid is not properly cleaned from hard to reach box sections and slowly continues to eat the metal away.
    Surely if its acid dipped they should dip it into a neutralizing bath afterwards to remove the acid and stop the stripping process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwilkinson View Post
    Do you have all the relevant presses to refit the bushes? I've yet to get a suitable kit for the rear diff bushes. I would be interested to know what you're using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwalker705 View Post
    Surely if its acid dipped they should dip it into a neutralizing bath afterwards to remove the acid and stop the stripping process.
    Apparently it's not full proof. I read some horror stories on a VW camper van website and a Porsche site too when looking. Chris W first raised the issue in a thread I had some time back. I think it's fair to say it's more of a quality control issue. Unfortunately you'll only find out at a later date if the acid hasn't been removed properly.
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    Collected the galvanized frame this morning. Next stage wash it down thoroughly with water, dry, solvent wipe over and then when there are a couple of days free I'll prime and paint.

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    Looks like a nice job that.
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    Going to probably have to remove the zinc from the diff mount bushes cylinders as they are very tight to press in in my experience, just wondering how thick roughly the coating has come out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooter View Post
    Going to probably have to remove the zinc from the diff mount bushes cylinders as they are very tight to press in in my experience, just wondering how thick roughly the coating has come out?
    Typically, the coating will be 0.04mm so it'll reduce the diameter by under 0.1mm which hopefully won't make tight too tight.

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    Ah surprisingly thin! but that's one corrosion proofed subframe now that's for sure.
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    Nice job. Are those solid bushes? Are you going to retain them?
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