Friday, 24 February 2017

Trial fit of the Aux panel

Final thing of the day was to trial fit the Auxiliary panel. It was all pre-fitted as per my previous post and was ready to install. Still waiting to install a few other items before it becomes permanent but looks good.

Rear light connections

Not a glamorous job but took a while and obviously needed doing. It was connecting the wires for the rear lights. To gain access it was a case of jacking the car up and then removing the wheel. This gave me the space I needed to work. As you can see the bolts were quite long so trimmed them down and also re-terminated the wires. They came with bullet tips and needed spade connectors so chopped them off and added the spades. Initially I left the wires at their full length but have trimmed them down and they will now have no excess when I connect them tomorrow.

And after...

Windscreen washer system

Following storm Dorris, today was a lovely warm day so went out for a few hours. I had the washer system waiting to be fitted so that was the first job of the day.  Quite straight forwards, I fitted the washer jet to the centre hole which was pre-cut into the scuttle. This simply screwed into place.

Next up was to run the pipe from the jet to the washer fluid bottle. Quite simple as I followed the route of the brake pipes so just clipped it to that. Im not sure that having the jet directly above the main fuse panel is a great design but then again I cant see me using the washers that often.

Finally was to fit the washer bottle. This was two rivnuts that went into the footwell. These were then covered with nut caps for the IVA. The washer bottle then slid onto the fitting and I reinforced it with a bit of foam to ensure it doesnt slip off.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Lower / Aux dash panel

Today I started the lower dash panel. It was preformed and just needed to decide what switches I wanted and where I wanted them. Ive gone for the Fog light, horn and 12V charger, I might add the start stop button at some point in the future so have left the 12V socket intentionally low.

I started by marking where I wanted what and then drilled the holes out.

I filed them so they were all smooth and then removed the protective plastic to give the following finish....

Next up was to cover the whole thing in a carbon effect, green vinyl id bought.

Final job on the front of the panel was fitting the switches. I really like the effect Ive managed here and may cover the whole of the top tunnel in the same material.

Final job was to connect up the loom for the switches, was one plug off on my first attempt which wasnt too bad, but have it correct now.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Wife having a drive

As its now a handful to push about, my wife sits in the drivers seat and gets pushed to and from the garage every time I get it out to work on it. Here are my two beauties...


As I had the seat out to put the carpet in, I added the seatbelt before putting the seat back. Easy to do using the fitting kit included. Another small part that makes a big difference. 

Carpets started

The I started putting some of the carpets in today (When the temperature was finally above freezing!) I have the full 21 piece laser cut set and its quite straight forwards to work out what goes where. After dry fitting, I covered the back of the carpet with impact adhesive and then quickly placed the carpet where it was going. I then spent a few minutes massaging the carpet to ensure it was stuck before moving on.