Having finished the last details on the PAS conversion, the 109 was booked in for MoT test (annual safety check, for non-UK readers). The old check expired at the end of December, but UK rules allow the vehicle to be driven to a testing station as long as a booking has been made and insurance is still valid.
The 109 passed with no advisories; a clean sheet. And oh, does it drive differently! I can now turn the steering with one finger with the vehicle stationary, never mind with one hand at walking pace. It’s light and fairly precise – it still has a bit of camber following requiring up slope correction, and I’m sure that is down to the suspension allowing a small amount of lateral axle movement, which has the effect of making a down slope steering input, but it’s not much more than on the 90, so fitting a panhard rod would be relatively pointless.
I am very pleased with the results of the PAS. It is a doddle to drive and will be well worth the effort in the long run. Being able to change gear while manouvering is quite bizarre, and I suspect that stiff shoulders will be less common from now on. It also means we can now sell the 90 in preparation for our emigration.
The PAS is up and running. The last few tidying up jobs are nearly done. … [Continue reading]
Well, it's in and working. I got the hydraulic lines back and installed them to make sure that no dirt could enter the steering box. With them in place, I cleaned up the P38 lower steering column and remove the three pinch bolts from the splined … [Continue reading]
The PAS box and drag link have been fitted today. The box was installed with 12.8 high tensile M12 bolts. I used cap head bolts as there was little clearance between the chassis faces and bolt holes for a hex head and less still for a socket to fit … [Continue reading]
The PAS box bracket is now fitted to the chassis. It's a 6mm steel plate pre-drilled for the box's bolts (12mm), welded around its perimeter and then reinforced with gussets from each corner across the top and bottom of the chassis. The chassis was … [Continue reading]