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How much does the front suspension assembly weigh?

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PARISH-63MGB Thomas Parish
Westford, massachusetts, USA   USA
1963 MG MGB
I am planning to remove the front suspension from my 63 MGB and rebuild it over the winter. I would like to do it in my basement where there is actual heat - as opposed to the garage which is freezing. My question is how heavy is the assembly? My basement access is through a bulkhead with 5 steps. With two people, will I be able to reasonably get it down those steps to get it into the basement? Thanks.

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CMCon98 Colin C
Dedham, Massachusetts, USA   USA
I've been wondering about this too. It seems like in a worst-case, you could strap the assembly to a two-wheeled handcart like they use to move refrigerators and take it down a plywood ramp into your basement.

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converse212 Eric Morgan
Tucker, Georgia, USA   USA
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In reply to # 3627532 by PARISH-63MGB I am planning to remove the front suspension from my 63 MGB and rebuild it over the winter. I would like to do it in my basement where there is actual heat - as opposed to the garage which is freezing. My question is how heavy is the assembly? My basement access is through a bulkhead with 5 steps. With two people, will I be able to reasonably get it down those steps to get it into the basement? Thanks.

Two reasonably fit/sized people can move the front suspension. I’ve moved them by myself before, not for the faint of heart...suggest a moving buddy.

Alternatively, if you remove the four bolts holding the shocks on and the four bolts moving the inner pivot for the lower control arms, the weight is split almost into thirds and very easy for one person to move in three trips



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okephoto Kevin Oke
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada   CAN
I'm not sure of the weight but I moved mine by myself. I would guess 75 lbs.



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Perdido Gold Member Rut Rutledge
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA   USA
I removed mine by myself and used a jack to get it out from under the car, but put it on saw horses by myself...should be easy for two people to carry.
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PARISH-63MGB Thomas Parish
Westford, massachusetts, USA   USA
1963 MG MGB
Thanks to all -- I think I will go the route of breaking it down at least a bit before moving to the basement. Appreciate the help.

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okephoto Kevin Oke
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada   CAN
Have fun, it's well worth the effort. My suspension is in my office this winter!



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mowog1 Gold Member Rick Ingram
Saint Joseph, Illinois, USA   USA
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The crossmember that I removed from my 1974-1/2 MGB/GT...with all ancillaries attached....weighed in at #180.



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Duncan, BC, Canada   CAN
Looking pretty sweet there Kevin. Good to see that you are getting good use out of your new blaster. Are those new coils? If so, which ones did you go for?


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Cortez, 4 corners, Colorado, USA   USA
Remove steering rack first. Then the suspension corners. Then the X-member. Assemble to the car in reverse order. Bare X-member is easier to bolt up to the car without all the other stuff. Adding the corners is not difficult.


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mowog1 Gold Member Rick Ingram
Saint Joseph, Illinois, USA   USA
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In reply to # 3627628 by fast-MG.com Remove steering rack first. Then the suspension corners. Then the X-member. Assemble to the car in reverse order. Bare X-member is easier to bolt up to the car without all the other stuff. Adding the corners is not difficult.

I concur.....

But.....

When I removed this rack, it was to replace it with a FastCars unit....hence I did not disassemble it. Note that the steering rack is lying on top of the crossmember in the picture that I posted.



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okephoto Kevin Oke
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada   CAN
And I wonder why my back hurts!

In reply to # 3627589 by mowog1 The crossmember that I removed from my 1974-1/2 MGB/GT...with all ancillaries attached....weighed in at #180.



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okephoto Kevin Oke
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada   CAN
Hi Bill,
Yeah, the blaster is great. I'm blasting everything in sight. What a weird addiction! Cherie's gardening tools, benches, whatever. I measured the coils and they're within spec so just repainted them, time will tell I guess.

In reply to # 3627610 by Bill Hibberd Looking pretty sweet there Kevin. Good to see that you are getting good use out of your new blaster. Are those new coils? If so, which ones did you go for?



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jewar Silver Member John Warlimont
Abbotsford, BC, Canada   CAN
I carried one the other day without the spindles or rotors and had no problem by myself. Leave the sway bar attached it makes it a lot easier to pickup.
John

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dickstag Silver Member Richard Stagnone
Holbrook, MA, USA   USA
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I like the red springs with the black front end components. Did you paint them red or did they come in red new ?

Is that the stock engine paint red ?

My new springs are black. Got me thinking about applying a coat of red (the Rustolium red). Further down the rabbit hole I go.

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