With the rusty 8.8 now suitably fortified, it was back to the garage for sanding and painting prior to installation. A Scotch-Brite sanding pad and some brake-parts cleaner left us with a good surface to break out some self-etching primer in a spray can. We then coated the 8.8 with three cans of semi-gloss black enamel from the local auto parts store. While powdercoating the axle housing was our first choice, time constraints did not allow for it.
With the rear axle assembly now ready, we swung it under the back of the snake and attached it to the chassis using Maximum Motorsports heavy-duty lower control arms and the factory upper arms. The rear half of the Road & Track coil spring package was installed along with the Bilstein shocks and Panhard bar.
Next month, we'll turn our attention toward the braking system and wheel/tire combination, so stay tuned.