Hi people. New to this forum so here we go. I've just been given an absolutely complete mk1 1800 which hasn't been moved since 1981. Obviously it's flat and not been started since then. My biggest worry is the suspension. If this is shot is the car worth restoring or is it too expensive to fix. What's the best way to preliminary check to see if it's salvageable ? The car is in Victoria Australia. Any ideas. Thanx Dave
Sounds like an interesting project. Suspension - really the only real way of finding out is to blow it up! Due to the way the displacers are mounted, it's difficult to do a visual inspection. The problems likely to be encountered centre on the flexible hoses coming out displacer units. These can fail with age. Solutions are shown with extensive discussion HERE. I suppose the first problem to be overcome is finding the pump itself. Lots of garages over here still have the official "Dalek" stashed away in the back. Many UK owners use a grease gun based pump for topping up purposes and I've got a heavy duty home developed thing which shoots in plenty of fluid each stroke. HERE. Basically, a pump with a Shraeder coupling on a hose is what you need. Alternatively, there are a number of other Oz members on here who mighht be able to help. I know that Tandem is in Victoria, but no doubt it's a huge place.
Given the length of time it's been standing, I wouldn't take the car straight up to the full ride height (That's 378mm front hub centre to wheel arch top and around 230psi on the system). Doing it over a couple of stages would be kinder on the hoses!