I had been looking forward to this weekend ever since I started repainting the wishbones, as I would finally complete the first major renovation task on the car.

My order of a full set of OEM bushes had arrived earlier in the week and I'd had a set of ball joints waiting for some time.

Anyone considering changing their bushes (or many other tasks) should definitely visit the TADTS Engineering website (http://www.tadts.com/) as their step-by-step instructions are absolutely excellent.

So it was with my TADTS instructions, tub of lithium grease, bushes, latex gloves and wishbones I arrived at my friends, who has a suitably beefy bench vice.

The first step is to thoroughly grease up both the eye and bush itself.  The bush can then be pushed into place in the eye by hand.

Wood is used between the jaws of the vice and the wishbone to protect the finish - and gradually the bush is pushed firmly into place.

Once the bushes were finish I decamped back to the garage to insert the new joints using the excellent Eliseparts Ball Joint tool.  The process of insertion is basically the reverse of removal - except using just the 2 larger press-plates.  A little grease is again used on the eye, with some being rubbed on the rubber seal to prevent snagging.

About an hour later I had a full set of lovely looking new wishbones!

Next job today was to remove the old track rod ends.  Phil as usual came up with the excellent advice that this job requires 3 tools:  A big Stillson-type pipe wrench, a big mole grip and a big blowtorch.  The process is simply to use the wrench to grip the rod, which counters the rotation of undoing the rod end using the mole grips.  The blowtorch is used to heat the rod end to a very high temperature, which will cause the oxidisation between the rod and rod-end to crack and the part to expand off the thread - making it much easier to unscrew.

Once the old ends were off (and given that it'd be some time before the new ones would be fitted), the whole of the thread was rubbed over with a thick layer of grease to prevent further corrosion of the exposed thread by the elements.