Some items needed quite a lot of force to unbolt the rusty bolts and nuts and any amount of penetrating fluid didn't seem to move them. Salvation came in the form of a propane gas blow torch which was used to heat the component and regularly try to unbolt with a long handles torque wrench. Heating the component helps ease rusty parts because it causes the metal to expand. Heating both nut and bolt, for example, would expand both parts and would be thought not to help, but it is because of this expansion the metal moves relative to each other and help break the rust bond that has been created over the years.
With all the components dismantled they were taken to the local shot-blaster to remove all traces of rust.
The parts must be painted, with Hammerite, or another protecting paint, soon after being shot blasted. This is because components that have rusted are subject to 'flash rust; which occurs within hours. The most affected items are those that have got hot in use, for example exhaust manifolds and brake calipers. These items were painted first.
For piece of mind, new wheel bearings where fitted to the hubs, by drifting out the old collars and drifting in new ones.
The axle was trial assembled. As can be seen KONI adjustable dampers were used which still require the original lever arm dampers to hold the stub axle in place. The valve is removed from the original dampers, but the oil is left inside, to help lubrication.
With the front axle dealt with, attention could turn to the rear axle.