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craigdiver

posted on 20/9/18 at 02:04 PM Reply With Quote
Hi Angel, purely cosmetic

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Started on getting N/S engine panel bolted on. Fabricated side grilles from stainless mesh and hot...




At some point in time my engine bay sides will have the same arrangements, but I haven´t thought about grilles there.
What is the reasoning to install them?
Thanks.
AA






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craigdiver

posted on 4/10/18 at 07:40 PM Reply With Quote
little more progress

Got a little bit more done this evening, got clips silkaflexed onto inside of rear tub to support rear wiring harness and fabricated grille for O/S front panel.











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craigdiver

posted on 6/10/18 at 01:00 PM Reply With Quote
working towards getting 4rse end finished

That is the rear loom fabricated, tested and installed. I have had to add a secondary fog light as the fog lights in my combined units are too close to the brake lights. For show use only, the fog light unbolts easily and a link put in the connector and the fog lights work in the combined units. All lighting circuits have been taken back to the dash as I intend to control lights through a microprocessor so that I can have some fancy effects / strobing rear lights (again for show use only!). I’ll probably add in an accelerometer so that the hazards / brake lights flash quickly if I brake realy hard.



















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craigdiver

posted on 6/10/18 at 01:40 PM Reply With Quote
heatshield

I wasn’t too happy with the proximity of the exhaust to the clutch master cylinder so I adapted a heat shield that I found in a layby a few months ago (funny how you spot something and just know that will come in useful!). Fitted and happy now.











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craigdiver

posted on 7/10/18 at 11:57 AM Reply With Quote
busy-bee!

A productive Sunday morning. Section 1 of 3 of rear tub hard cover painted and had trim glued on, fitted to car and pleased with the look. The main event this morning was machine polishing/buffing my freshly fabricated stainless steel exhaust. Used soapy water as lubricant and sanded with 400, 600, 1000, 1200, 1500 and finally 3000 grit. After a clean up with fresh water a whole tube of Autosol was buffed into it with a lambswool pad on the machine polisher. Not quite mirror finish but looks good. Actually pleased with the finish, highly polished mirror finish would be a bit too ‘classic’ for me. I already had a piece of aluminium cut and folded for the transmission tunnel cover. I made up a template for the handbrake hole and cut out with grinder and dressing edges with file. The hole for gearstick was cut with a holesaw. Think ill cover it with some padded black vinyl. Since everything going well I decided to have a go fitting the half-round aluminium profile to the passenger side cockpit edge. Didn’t have a countersink bit so my countersunk hex machine screws are sitting proud but will pick up bit and countersink holes.

















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craigdiver

posted on 15/10/18 at 05:42 PM Reply With Quote
progress

Had a day off work today so got a few jobs done. Firstly dismantled brake pedal / bias bar assembly and fitted locking kits. Reassembled and added the obligatory ‘do not adjust blah blah’ sticker. This allowed me to fit side panels and the exhaust. Oh what fun connecting the exhaust to the downpipes, few war wounds later the exhaust is on. Next I got it off the axle stands and couldn’t help myself taking it for a spin round the yard (I can just feel it wants to go faster!). Next job was to fit the half-round aluminium trim on the drivers side cockpit edge. Finished off wiring brake light switch and reservoir level switch into loom and fabricated a couple of brackets to secure.

I’m acquiring some thin stainless sheet later this week that I intend to fabricate into a bonnet. Not decided whether to paint white or wrap with carbon fibre effect wrap.

Issues I had today is that the rear lights are only 335mm off the ground and need to be 350mm for IVA. Fortunately i’ve not set my rear coil-overs yet and should be able to raise car up 20mm (are lights measured with anyone sitting in the car?).

Also, will I need to cover the harness to eye connections?























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SJ

posted on 15/10/18 at 06:36 PM Reply With Quote
Looks great - have to say your wiring is super neat and the engine bay looks amazingly uncluttered.
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craigdiver

posted on 15/10/18 at 07:47 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by SJ
Looks great - have to say your wiring is super neat and the engine bay looks amazingly uncluttered.


thank you, its a mix of OCD and being an electrical engineer!





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craigdiver

posted on 16/10/18 at 06:32 PM Reply With Quote
rear end complete

Did the last couple of jobs to complete rear end. Rear tub covers complete with trim. Also, rear fog light replaced with one with both ‘E’ and ‘F’ markings.









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