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    Front Radiator Crossmember

    Gday to all
    I am about to start the replacement of the crossmember that runs under the radiator on my 89 V12 Convertible.
    I have removed the rad and condensor and oil cooler to get access, also bonnet and grills etc.
    This cross member looks good on the top but the underside is rotten and full of holes.

    Any tips would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Trevor


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    when I did it I don't remember removing anything but the wheels splash panels and spoiler under tray I drilled out the old spot welds or as many as I could and chiselled and angle ground it clean, the new one I drilled and mig plug welded, as I say it was about 24 years ago, still ok today, it doesn't seem to have any other job but hold up the radiator and catch water. imho

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    Thanks for that
    My new crossmember has arrived so I will cut out the old one tomorrow.
    What fun!!!!

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    Did it workout ok Grapefarmer?

    After years of worrying and stressing about it I finally got mine replaced last year by a local garage. I bought and supplied the cross member first for 120 quid, then as agreed the garage replaced it.

    I had some other bits wielded at the same time (front n/s seat belt anchorage and an area of inner wing by the brake servo), so the cost was a lot more than just for the radiator cross member to be replaced. I reckon that job would have probably been about two hundred quid on its own though.

    I have a mig welder and would loved to have done it myself but because of all the other work and the impending MOT, I decided to sub it out.

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    Thanks and I replaced the cross member with no problems.
    Just drilled out the spot welds amd some cutting and out it came.VERY rotten from an attack of the "metal moth"
    Replaced with no probelms and just a couple of hours work.
    Now back on the road but no have a leak from the power steering and will investiagte this week.

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    Ah yes. Power steering racks always leak on these cars after a certain amount of time. It's the seals around the pump.

    Your best bet is to remove the rack and send it away to for an exchange re-conditioned one. Plenty of specialist companies advertise an exchange racks service.

    There are two type of racks used on this cars by the way. Ones made by 'Adwest' and ones made by 'ZF'. ZF are the better ones to go for if you can.

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    Steering rack

    Quote Originally Posted by Facelift View Post
    Ah yes. Power steering racks always leak on these cars after a certain amount of time. It's the seals around the pump. <br>
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    Your best bet is to remove the rack and send it away to for an exchange re-conditioned one. Plenty of specialist companies advertise an exchange racks service. <br>
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    There are two type of racks used on this cars by the way. Ones made by 'Adwest' and ones made by 'ZF'. ZF are the better ones to go for if you can.
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    <br>Recently removed my steering rack and paid £245 for the refurb.<br>This includes shipping both ways and I now just have to refit it.<br><br>Only took about an hour to remove it and is a straight forward job but I do have a two post lift in my shed which makes life much easier

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