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Mounting Rear bumpers before fuel tank

Very important and often forgotten. On the 3.8 cars you have to mount the rear bumpers from the inside whereas on the 4.2 cars you have to install the bumpers from the outside. If the fuel tank installation would not be such a nasty and paint scratching job I would probably not mention it. but I think it is fair enough to advice you in order to avoid such hassle and double work.

Here I just finished the installation of rear bumpers on my 885066 FHC. The early cars up to about late mid 62 did have a very slim seal between the bumper and the body. After about mid 62 the seals were wider to allow a less precise and hence more inaccurate body work and fitting. To have such a tiny 1-2 mm gap all along the bumper requires a very skilled work as only a few coach builder are able to perform. Thanks to Rod and Lee Jay, who made such a great work that fitting the bumpers was a pleasure and took me 1 hours to mount both sides.

Here is the result

885066 Front suspension complete

It took me months to get everything together to what is needed for rebuilding a perfect and correct original early front suspension for FHC no. 66. Special attention is again on details such as the correct ball pins with the dovetail at the top to avoid rotation when tightening the original nuts. Same pic you will find in the parts book. All nuts and bolts are R- rated and are either GKN or BEES. They came always mixed. New bearings and and ball pins, gaitor and and rubber bushes are original NOS. The brakes cylinders are the early DUNLOP without the “C” marking on them. They are fully rebuild with SS sleeves. Also the upper ball pins do have the correct A&A covers. The torsion bar mounting brackets are the early flat style.