IRS removal and Rear section Terminal rust…
this is my first post on the forum, but I’m reading and following regularly some discussions since I bought my first SIII back in 2008.
She passed away some years ago, killed - for me at least by extensive corrosion on the RH rear section, floorpan, outer and inner sills included up to the front toe board as am really not as skilled at hard body work than I am to mechanical, electricity and electronic maintenance being an industrial maintenance engineer since 1979… Had imported this car from Scotland (with a serious lack of knowledge of the weak points of the XJ body at this time, I learned it since ^^) this being I think the reason of these disastrous sand and salt damages.
But being felt in love with the fantastic behaviour of these cars I bought another SIII in very good condition, absolutely free from corrosion but not from mechanical damages to the differential caused by the two left hands of the PO, discovered after buying the car of course… The guy has changed an output shaft oil seal without any knowledge nor understanding of what can be bearing preload so the corresponding bearing is now turning into shiny metal dust giving a very nice tint to the diff oil and a light but annoying rumble noise at low speed…. Up now.
The rear brakes pads having to be replaced and callipers being in need of a rebuild I plan to salvage the whole IRS from the first car (the rotten one) whose differential is in VGC.
My problem / question is:
How you, experienced XJ owners, would you support the rear end of the rusted car, thus knowing that the RH rear jacking point has disappeared, the left one being very weak, the sills closing panels are fully rotten and I can clearly see that the lower end of inner sill is very damaged on all the length of the car….
Having made the right and very strong spacer to place under the tie plate without breaking anything I can jack the car up quite easily. The front end is already lifted and securely supported.
But where to place stands to support so safely the rear end to be able to remove the IRS???
Thanks by advance for your help
Thierry, S/W of France near Toulouse