....well when I say busy, I really mean busy and ******* expensive.
Unfortunately at the ripe ole age of 60kmiles the flywheel made clear it future intention's were to no more to provide the service in which it was employed to do, but rather enter early retirement spending its days dancing along to Billy Haley & The Comets classic song 'Shake, rattle & roll'.
I'd known for a while it was on its way out with the ever present grumbling, however it recently got worse with it literally shaking the car when revved & causing a fair ole bit of sluggish-ness.
So with some spare time available in our workshop on Friday she was put in to have a new clutch,flywheel, slave cylinder, thermostat & anti freeze fitted (after 10months of the thermostat being fooked it seemed as good a time as any to replace).
Upon removal the flywheel was indeed FUBAR with the rubber section having completely collapsed.
So started on Friday and with the car on the ramp over the weekend I decided to make use of my weekend off and sort another area which has been needing attention for a while namely the suspension. She was still running the original dampers however the springs were a mish-mash having with an original front, an original rear, a shonky after market front and an un-known acquired rear. This perhaps helped explain the slightly ropey handling, not to mention 2 tyres nearing there limit and 3 leaky tyre valves (I take care of my car........honest).
Luckily enough I'm breaking my GSi which had recently had new bilstein dampers, Eibach springs, GM drop links & GM top mount bearings, as well as 4 pretty decent Bridgestones fitted. So Saturday afternoon I cracked on swapping all the bits over then this morning the boys in the workshop finished their bit and the cars now back on the road.
Handling is massively improved, as is the performance which clearly the flywheel has been absolutely killing. (albeit the cars a little lower than anticipated):