Stuck waiting for paint so I thought it was time I unpacked a Christmas gift the better half gave me about 12 years ago and get building. Self employment, no room and no grand kids = no ambition. But now it's time to design and build up a 4x10 sheet of plywood for a slot car track. Will be fun having the kids over to smash everything up. Boy am I ever out of date! Could it be just for us old guys?
Still waiting for the paint. In the mean time and a lot of thought about getting the AC lines forward. I am building my own tunnel. It was an idea I had quite a wile back and then a suggestion from WALT that I make one, it would be in keeping with the dash. It will be higher than CAV's to make room. Spent the weekend making cardboard templates for it and modifying the engine cover/fire wall to clear the AC comp. and bypass hose at the water pump.
My first start attempt will be after I fit the spider, hopefully for the last time. The dash is installed and will be plugged in while upside down and I have some help to drag me out of the car and when I am satisfied it fits nice with the base of the windshield. lots of whens, This will stop soon as I have called for an inspection, An MVI where I live, in order to register my VIN and get papers required to purchase insurance and plates. I may do it on the 50th anniversary win for 1075.
Getting a little bit done. Door latches,door handles,interior paint and carpet on the fire wall. The carpet was ordered over the phone after I sent a sample of what I wanted to the supplier. The only thing, my sample and the new stuff had in common is that they are black. I think the stuff was made for fur lined panties and Porsche interiors, peed of I was. It'l go on the firewall only. A template for a new console, a little taller to accommodate AC lines.
Not a lot of progress, I made a plate to cover the area below the engine cover that, for a change, IT FIT. I was across the street with my buddy/fabricator and took a couple of pic's he doesn't know about. As you can see we spend way to much time drinking TIM HORTON's coffee, an american company that used to be a Canadian icon. That's Canada for you, just give it away. It's tru doe. I spaced the engine cover out 7/8 of an inch to clear the AC clutch and will fit a foam seal to fill the void. And NO that wasn't a fixed pic of the garbage can.
New tunnel fits. I'm waiting for some AC hard lines to fit past the ebrake and shifter. seat tracks fitted had to make a new slide release handle. Things will come together quick after I fit the spider, plug in the dash. Then I will see if the engine will start and run. Inspection time is close. I had a bit of a laugh over the seat belt holes in the tub. Welded in 7/16 fine. Would have expected metric from S.A.
Up date time. A bunch of small detail time spent on checking things over and an attempt to fire the engine for the first time. I'm glad I put air bleeds in the system, one at the top of the rad and one at the thermostat housing. No air locks and a complete fill in one shot. OK lets try it, I'll be damned, it started and ran great. I cracked the throttle a couple of times and now I wan't to feel it from the drivers seat.
The body and interior have all been test fitted and things should come together quickly now.
Stuff like a new 10 week old grandson and a very jealous 2 year old take precedence some times. Sure glad I was never like that! I was an angel.
I'm not sure why it's upside down, it's ok when I look at it on my computer. I took that hot one after about 4 min. at 1800 rpm.
Thanks Joel. I spent the day bleeding the clutch and brakes. What a pain, I used a vacuum pump that would hardly pull a drop. A little compressed air at the master helped but the old two man way will need doing latter this week. I also gave up on my plan to mount the seat tracks to the floor. ( fingers to fat and patients to small. The tracks will be bolted through the floor.
Plan B worked for the seat install. after I installed the side panels and started the drivers seat I realized I was going to have to install the fire wall before the second seat. I would have liked to be able to re and re the fire wall without removing a seat. With the body tweeked and test fitted all ready, I will have things ready to rumble by spring. That will be April some time as it is still below 0 here. and we have have the driest Feb in history. I still plan on making some kind of ground contacts between the QR steering wheel hub and steering column so I can use the buttons on the wheel to ground the relay for the turn signals. Any ideas?