So I had the opportunity to grab a used rear sway bar. I had it for a little bit and started to try and paint it as it was rather rusty. Blasted away most of the rust on it and attempted to paint it indoors which didn't really turn out too well as I had to abort that idea due to the fumes.
I decided to install the sway bar anyway as I had gotten a power drill to borrow for the weekend and wanted to make use of it. My plan is to remove the sway bar a little later and have it sand blasted and then powder coated but we will see how that goes.
So it finally warmed up just a little bit the other day and I took the opportunity to install the rear struts on my car. The process was pretty simple with the exception of removing the rear bezels to reach to the top bolts that hold the struts in place. I thought there would have been a greater difference in height when comparing the new assebly versus the old but there was not much height difference . Here are a few pics.
So I ordered a few parts for my build and they came in a few days ago.
I ordered top hats for both front and rear suspensions. I was initially thinking to reuse the ones that are currently on the car but then I decided I want to just do a quick swap out when I get the chance so rather than to clamp springs and stuff in order to remove the OEM top hats i just bout a new set. Since I got them I was able to quickly assemble the rear strut assembly as shown in the pictures.
I also got a clutch kit which included a 6 puck clutch, a pressure plate, a throw out bearing and an alignment tool. This means that the only thing remaining to do my manual swap is the transmission which I hope to purchase in a couple of weeks. I also ordered a OEM flywheel and grabbed a couple of flywheel bolts while I was at it just make sure I have everything.
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I am a Starlet enthusiast who has been previlaged to own 4 starlets to date and have picked up a few things about these little vehicles. There is always more to learn and im always willing to share info and thats what my aim is with this site.