Hello fellow Etype lovers. It’s been a while since I’ve been here but now that I’m once again returning to putting the E back together, I expect I’ll be spending more quality time here than ever.
I currently have my 67 Series 1 with the engine removed and with the front suspension, including dampers and torsion bars installed. The care is sitting on a wooded block stand I made with the wood being just aft of the firewall. I have decided to replace the torsion bars with slightly uprated bars and thus need to remove the current torsion bars.
I have the Bentley manual and I think the process is pretty straight forward, in fact I had removed them years ago but did so when the engine was still in the car. My dilemma is removing them with the engine out of the car.
The first several steps are easy - disconnect upper ball joint, disconnect lower ball joint, remove axel carrier, disconnect anti-sway bar from lower suspension arm…so far so good.
But the next step says to put a jack under the lower suspension and then remove the damper. If the engine was in the car, this would not be an issue, but since the engine is not in the car, I’m concerned that when the damper comes off, without the weight of the engine the lower arm, being under tension from the torsion bar, might cause the car to come up off the wood blocks.
Since the upper and lower ball joints are disconnected, I suppose I could just remove the shocks and let the lower arm just “pop” down under the force of the torsion bar tension. But does anyone have any suggestions of a better way (short of putting the engine in to add weight)?
Thanks in advance