Wednesday, May 20, 2020

"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."

Not much worthy of photographing happened today - I pulled out the selection of trailing arms, found the best one for the right side and prepped it for installation.

I surveyed the situation for the seat belt installation - I'll be working up some brackets, figure out the final mounting and then drilling some holes.  The final installation will require welding brackets to the pan but it shouldn't be terribly complicated.

The AutoCAD drawing for the brackets came back today - and was immediately send to for production - the final product should be available late next week.  I'd say I'm cautiously optimistic about the final result.

Why the hell is there a picture of a 1993 Pontiac LeMans in this post? Apparently, the front calipers on the CSP brake kit come from a 1993 Pontiac LeMans, among a longer list of cars that were not brought to the US.  The miniature Aztek, however, is the only one of these cars sold in the US that I could find.  To test this theory - I've ordered a $4 set of brake pads from to confirm fit - they'll arrive on Friday.

I discovered that the part number for the brake pads is printed on them - that made this process very easy to confirm the correct parts.  The rear calipers, based on my Google investigation, are from a 1996 Volkswagen Passat.

I've also started a list of parts to order as I get closer to those tasks.  One of the things I've looked into is getting the brake calipers and master cylinder painted or coated to stall corrosion - the front calipers are already suffering and it's only a matter of time before the rears are in the same shape.  I'd go with a simple silver or black - colors aren't all that important because they're largely hidden.  This offering looks interesting but I'd want to know how this is different from powdercoating them.

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