Apr 3, 2013 update to the Austin Mini Cooper S project car

Rehabbing Subframes and Suspension

The rear subframe was slightly tweaked, so we had to hammer and dolly it straight again before it could go to the powder coater.
Now we have everything ready to powder coat. We have thrown some other parts like the air cleaner into the mix.

With everything clean, we could begin disassembling our subframes. Normally, we would recommend that you leave major subassemblies like these together until you are ready to work on it, but in this case, we were powder coating all the black steel pieces. Powder coating is much cheaper when done as a package deal, so we had to disassemble everything.

Dissasembly went smoothly enough. We made sure we took pictures and notes so we could see how things went back together. It is surprising just how many bump stops and other complexities are involved when it comes to taking Hydrolastic Mini suspension apart.

The rear subframe was slightly tweaked, so we had to hammer and dolly it straight again before it could go to the powder coater.

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