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You're getting there, Dave....good work!

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Ah hah... Now we're getting somewhere... Well,....Dave is anyway.
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I just saw the coolest rear view mirror system while I was at a client shop today. I'm seriously considering buying one for my car....


And they can be had for surprisedly cheap.

Dont you wisha you hadn't gone through with your android setup now?

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No, lol,

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Hi Dave, might be unusual question, but wanted to know if you had any tools that can do both front, rear subframe bushings and LCA bushings? My old dealer used to have one, but it's like $6000 or something.

Considering that I want to use this for one time (my own car) I was hoping you knew of an alternative.

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Hi @Deplore ,

I usually cut the middle out of the old bushes, (Air Hacksaw is good for this), then deform what's left (metal outer bit), to get it out of the bore, I bought a kit like this to install them when I did my rear S/F :-

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mercedes-...IAAOSwaA5WkD30

I know it's cheap sh ! te, but it did my Car, my mates CL, and another W220 and it's still going strong

I also have a drawer full of other bits and pieces of thick circular steel plate with a hole in the centre, various studding with nuts on, old sockets etc, and I draw new bushes in with things like that

The trick I find is to emery the bore hole out until all the rust etc is gone, and put a smear of silicone grease in the orifice first, then they go in really easy, (don't use regular grease it can screw up some bushes if it gets on the rubber)

State of our roads I'm always doing bushes on something lol, however, Arms with a bush one end and a swivel the other (LCA for example), I just fit a whole arm, it's easier

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Hi,

One thing I've learned over the years with any project Car that is dragging on, and getting near to completion, a big mental lift and encouragement to get ones finger out of ones proverbial butt can be gained by getting the new wheels and tyres on it

Also, I'm fed up with tripping over the Wheels and Tyres that have been sat in my office for light years ...................

So I have deliberately booked in nothing for Tuesday, and Thursday this week, hoping I'll have the Rims finished by end of Thursday.

I got a front and a rear rim prepped for refinishing yesterday, (Sunday), first pic.

I finished a customers Car early this afternoon so I fished out the worst of all 4 wheels, which especially at the Rear of the wheel needs completely going back to Bare Metal, that is the one in the 2nd and 3rd pix. It's getting there now, hopefully get a good coat of Etch Primer on them all by this time tomorrow evening

Finish will be Satin Black Rear of the Wheels, Gunmetal Grey on the outside, with diamond cut rim edges

I bought some of the proper Self Etching Clear Coat especially for Alloy Wheels so it should last

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Another thing I've learned is that prepping things for Paintwork always takes way longer than anticipated

Wheels are all prepped and will finish the masking in the Morning and should have the Backsides done by close of play tomorrow !!

These wheels are having a mix of colours so there will be Self Etch Primer, (except for the Diamond Cut area) so after Primer there will be more masking .....................

I'll do the backs of the Wheels first, then apply the Satin Black to the Rear, allow to dry overnight so I can stick masking tape on it the next day.


Friday or Saturday I will then mask the Spokes from behind, get the Face of the Wheels in Gun Metal Base Coat, then remove the Rim Edge Masking, a quick rub with 800 Scotchbrite Pad on the flat bare metal Rim Edge, and hit the whole of the Face with the Self Etch Clear Coat ......................
Remove all masking and fit Tyres after a few days hardening off !!

I'm fed up with Wheels now


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Only if you have time, wait more than a few days. Weeks or even better months. The longer the better to let them gas off. I never wax a car until at least three months after painting. The factory gets away with it because they can bake the whole car in an oven before the interior etc goes in. Set the rims outside in the sun. It helps tremendously!
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