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Is your refrigerator running? Mark's '86 745 DD- the Frigidaire!

So these fit between the bottom of the strut and the ball joint? And they re-establish the lower control arm and tie rod geometry on lowered vehicles?

As I recall, they are kind of pricey. Any other options?


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Yeah, allows better control arm angles, plus two levels of quicker steering if you utilize the rearward tie rod mounts, plus Ackerman adjustability if you're daring and want to drill your own holes in the blank plugs, which I'm pretty sure were supplied. I don't know of any other solution as elegant as this, as well thought out and produced. I'd say it's worth it. Plus, I'm happy to support Kaplhenke- buying existing cool stuff is an investment in future cool products too- it proves there's a market to make development worthwhile.

I still haven't installed them, though :(

M.
 
Yeah, allows better control arm angles, plus two levels of quicker steering if you utilize the rearward tie rod mounts, plus Ackerman adjustability if you're daring and want to drill your own holes in the blank plugs, which I'm pretty sure were supplied. I don't know of any other solution as elegant as this, as well thought out and produced. I'd say it's worth it. Plus, I'm happy to support Kaplhenke- buying existing cool stuff is an investment in future cool products too- it proves there's a market to make development worthwhile.

I still haven't installed them, though :(

M.

Excellent. Quicker steering. Neat.
 
Sure looks nice- maybe if I ever get a few days I'm not working twelves I'll get to install the M90 at last.
M.

Nearly 3 months have gone by and I'm working more, not less. :grrr:

Nonetheless, I managed a small thing on Saturday.



Cleaned up the crossbrace and got the new transmission mount in place.



Cleaned and serviced the shifter.

Fridge currently doesn't start without a boost and has a horrible sound coming from the rearend on turning right. Not sure what's up with that, but I currently don't have the time or energy to deal with it. Think I need to be looking for a new gig soon.

M.
 
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Replaced the battery today.



That's... that's not good. The battery that was in there was actually just about dropping out.




I "fixed" it for the interim by moving the tray forward to some sturdier metal and screwing it down with some Robertson screws. OEM yo.




Time constraints and basic laziness == Costco battery. :oops:




This'll fool 'em. :lol: :roll:






Lastly, added a sticker I've had for awhile, just because I needed some to have some fun.




That corner of the Fridge was clanged pretty hard at some point in the past, enough to tweak the framerail ahead of the tower. In the future, I'd like to maybe swap the sheetmetal out with an entire fresh section from a donor car and get the frame checked/straightened. We'll see- this shell is pretty rough.

M.
 
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Hey Bruce, how's the Citroen? Repairable I hope...

I meant to ask you last time I saw you in the restaurant, but I was coming off a set of stupid long days and wasn't thinking very well.

M.


EDIT I do have a "Frigidaire" vinylcut decal that GrandmaSidewaysBrett gave me. One of these days I'll put it on.
 
Hey Bruce, how's the Citroen? Repairable I hope...

I meant to ask you last time I saw you in the restaurant, but I was coming off a set of stupid long days and wasn't thinking very well.

M.


EDIT I do have a "Frigidaire" vinylcut decal that GrandmaSidewaysBrett gave me. One of these days I'll put it on.

Frigidaire is a good choice. You could go around with a cooler on the passenger seat, dispensing ice at meets. No worries about the restaurant, I would have invited you to join us but my 10-year-old isn't that great of a conversationalist.

TA is repairable! As bad as it sounded it ended up just being a spun bearing on the #2 big end. It did abuse the crank enough that it will have to come out and be reground, then new rod bearings and probably a set of rods. Hoping the mains are still good. Still, I was fully expecting to see carnage in the pan.

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empty, yay!
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dead bearing
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Holy crap, a year has gone by since I last posted, but it finally, finally happened last weekend. I got the M90 swapped into the Fridge.

I made a decision to do this unassisted, as I'm stubborn, and not too bright. I succeeded, but I wouldn't suggest it to others.

I wasn't entirely unassisted as Naomi kept me eating and hydrated, something I forget to do when I get turning wrenches. It was good to know there was someone near so I could holler if I got in trouble, too.




Cleaned up the new driveshaft. Semi-shiny.



Too bad I didn't put any of that effort into cleaning the transmission. Draining the old oil.



Volvo didn't have the correct oil in stock and promised it in 3-5 business days for over 50 bucks CAD a litre. Yeah, no. I delved into the M90 thread in article composition and went with Redline Shockproof Heavy as per Bondo Kenny. It's surprisingly opaque and bright blood red!


M46 out. This was just under three hours in.


Hmm, what's making that shiny mark on the old driveshaft?


Oh, nothing important, just the fuel line. :omg: It's ziptied up now.


Protip: duct tape the upper starter bolt to the transmission, because it's hard to get into place once the trans is in the car. Sadly, it fell out and I had to fight it in anyway. :roll:

About here is where the photos stopped.
Things got serious as I thrashed to get the trans into place all by myself. I used a small scissor lift designed for motorcycles. The M90 is a lot easier to get mounted than the M46. It's much shorter, and as it has no pilot bearing stub you get more room to line it up in every direction. It was surprisingly not the hardest thing in the swap to get the trans in place and snugged down.



The face of a man who worked eleven hours straight laying on pavement in the back alley. Dirty, bruised, bloody, but happy that the Fridge moved under its own power to get into that parking space.

Things still aren't done done. The custom clutch/pressure plate setup sat so low on the pedal that I actually popped the piston out of the slave cylinder the first time I pressed hard on the clutch. I wedged a threaded insert from a bicycle brake lever as a spacer as an interim fix. I may have damaged the seal when it popped out, but I haven't had time to inspect it other than checking for drips on the ground.

I have another slave cylinder that I misplaced attempting to put it "somewhere safe", so I'm intending to build a better adjustable spacer and install it with the new slave. When I find it.:grrr:

I also ran out of time and put the front half of the M90 driveshaft on the back half of the original. This has added a lot of driveline vibration. I have no clue on how to properly phase a guibo driveshaft and there are no marks I can discern on either side of the new driveshaft, so I'll be contacting a driveshaft shop to see if I can get it rebalanced.

Outside of all that? F*cking worth it. It's so quiet! I knew the m46 was bad, but holy crap. It's like a library in the car now. I turned the stereo down.

And the shifting! The M90 clicks authoritatively into each gear. It shifts better than anything I've ever owned or even driven thus far.

If you're considering it, I wholeheartedly suggest one.

M.
 
Your slave is likely fine. Inspect, clean, reinstall. Same thinng happened to me on top of a mountain when the fork pivot ball mount failed.

Beard suits you, btw
 
Awesome work! Just spent the last two hours(intermittently) reading through this whole thread. Turning out to be a sweet ride! I am definitely jealous of your recent M90 swap.
 
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