|NMS South is not the most spacious work space but we make due!|
|Bench pressing a small car or replacing parking brake cables. You decide.|
The front driver side wheel bearing was starting to go bad, so that needed replacing. While we were at it, there were a number of other parts that needed to be serviced. Heck, while we've got the car in the air, let's swap out those rear drum brakes for new disc brakes and upgrade rotors, pads, and add stainless steel lines. Ready....go:
|The donor Focus ST.|
Step one was to get the car up on jack stands at NMS South, remove the wheels and loosen a bunch of bolts. From here we could remove the hubs and uprights along with the axles (new ones were being added to freshen up the CV joints). After almost 10 years of life, the Focus axles didn't want to separate from the hubs and uprights even after some really big hammers, 20 tons of force, and one really hot torch. Junk yard road trip!
|Big hammers come in handy at the junk yard.|
|The "new" uprights. These connect up all of the suspension components and hold the wheel bearings and hub.|
Once back to Columbia, we cleaned up the parts and got back to reassembly of the front suspension. One thing Phillip and I absolutely agree on is that rear wheel drive cars are much easier. The new slotted rotors look great and with the Porterfield brake pads, this blue oval should be stopping on a silver circle.
|Old and busted. The drum brakes are ready for scrap.|