Spent most of the week either camping or catching up with a friend visiting Sydney, so not much to talk about in this blog post.
I finished removing the axles and suspension, the rear axle came out reasonably easily but the suspension bushings were seized into the holes on the chassis. I expected this, and ended up spending a few hours with a butane torch (to remove the inner rubber) and a hacksaw/hammer/chisel (to remove the outer sleeve). Pictured is the hole in the chassis where the bushing used to go - it’s not very exciting.
The steering relay is still stuck, despite daily WD40 applications and repeated bashing with a hammer. I’m going to rent a bearing puller and see if that gets it.
I’ve also been experimenting with a few different ways to sand the chassis - the black tar-like substance is extremely difficult to remove, and getting into all the nooks and crannies is proving difficult with any equipment serious enough to remove the paint.