Sunday, 28 November 2010

Wiring and odds and sods

I got the rest of the p clips , jubilee clips and stainless self tappers I needed to get a few jobs done. All the cooling hoses are finished and tightened up, overflow pipe now clipped ( out with rivnut tool again)

I nearly forgot to do up the brake and clutch unions at the back of the engine, I had them in temporary but forgot to go back and finish the job. that would of been some handling if i had the body on i recon i would of had to take it of again

Started the main wiring loom, I cut out the fuse box hole in the bulkhead and then mounted the relays putting these in u get in some rare positions. Made sure to do the vectra steering column mod before i mounted the relays.
I took apart some of the GD loom as I didn't like the way the cables ran into the engine bay and then back out to the inner arches to supply lights and indicators etc. Still working on this, waiting on some conduit coming at the moment.
Also been working on the main engine loom as i want all the cables to enter the bulkhead in one position.

I got some sound deadening for the petrol tank and fitted that so the tanks ready to go in when i get to that stage........ along way of yet

Thats about it for now not sure what I'm for doing next, have a few jobs on that i need simple bit for but as usual it does not take much to stop progress.


Got up this morning and its kinda chilly, straight out to workshop and burner lit, lets be honest we have to get the priorities right :) ooo and the kettle on.

Just heard on the radio last night was the coldest night in November EVER for N,Ireland eeeek. -8.6 so wonder whats in store for us as the winter really sets in.

Got some work done on the car this past week but not loads as we were busy with our new waste oil burners. more info on them

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Not a lot more done I'm loaded with the cold grrrrrrrrrrr
I have the steering column support bar in temp at the moment so i could fit the steering column and mark out the hole where it goes through the Bulkhead into the engine bay. one more hole less to do. The rubber grommet is the ones GD use for the roll hoops.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


Took a wee bit of time today and sorted my blog and went back and added labels to all the posts hopefully any useless information Ive posted or ramblings can be easier found now rather than having to page back through all the posts :)

chassis foam

Stuck the foam on the chassis as its getting near the stage for the body to go on :)

Wiper spindles

Once the screen is fitted I could mark out where the wiper spindles go, they start 5mm out from the edge of the screen rubber and 415mm from the adge of the screen post. Its the same for both sides. these holes are at an angle hence not round. I found the best way to get the shape was using the washer from the spindle kit and to get the angle i used the plastic sleeve that goes over the spindle. Also with the screen in its a good time to mark out the heater slots.
Then its screen out and start cutting :)

Bonnet Locks

I had previously spent ages marking out exactly where the locks go in the bonnet and it was now time to install them, the holes isnt round so takes a wee bit of filing but an easy enough job. The most important thing about this job is to do it before the boday goes on the car as you need to get into the engine bay area to mark the bulkhead where the catch goes into. Mr Dremel out once again :)
I also got all the nuts and bolts tightened up on the bonnet scoop, just need to paint inside it now, should of actually done it before fitting. I need some stainless mesh as well for the front opening on the scoop.


Doing it this way is very accurate and no need to elongate holes etc. GD have a measurement for the posts 35mm from the bottom of the post and 175mm for the 2 holes but due to each screen being hand made I think this is the best way to install the screen. Also doing it this way makes the job easy for one person to do on their own as the steel bars help hold the screen in place :)


Got a bit more done this past while
The GD body has threaded inserts moulded into the body and the centres of these inserts need to be transferred onto the legs so some reading done and some lengths of steel flat - drilling them for the screen fixing bolts, screwing them to some blocks of wood and bonding the blocks of wood to the inside of the body also made up some spacers that were the same diameter as the post legs from the carbon cut from building the dash. Thanks STR for the tip :)
The screen needs to be 6mm of the bulkhead at the posts on either side and also 930mm from the curve on the rear bulkhead to the top of the screen (inside measurement at top of screen)
Pictures speak 1000 words at times so some pics.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

more pics

Some more pics, next on the list to do is fit the Foam on the chassis tunnel for the body to sit on and then I'll fit the lights to the body and front indictors, I also need to fit the bonnet locks which seem to be a pain to get done, I'm still trying to get a list together of what to do next as I've been away from the project for a while, I find once you break from the work it wastes a lot of time trying to figure where u were :(
One job I know of is to finish sanding and buffing the back of the car hmmm time consuming,

Chassis work

Got a few other wee jobs done over this past week or so, I had order the rest of the hoses to complete the heating system from the engine to the bulkhead and to the heater box so I fitted them.
Front anti roll bar is now in and completed apart from one joint which needs another part so will have to wait on that one.
Started fitting the air horns tonight but need a wee stainless bracket for the compressor and a stainless sleeve.
I need to get a few more clips and brackets sorted around the engine bay so rivnut gun will be in play for a while i think :)
fitted the other Carbon engine cover and have the steering finished ready to connect to the steering column at a later date when the body is fitted.


Got some work done to the Cobra this past couple of weeks for a change :)

Got the tyres on the Image rims and now fitted to the car after fitting the front caliper nuts with lockwire. Rad fans now mounted as well had to wait on one fan coming as one was the incorrect.

time flies by

Cant believe its been may from I updated the blog, well most fo the summer was spent out in the convertible or on holiday plus doing the normal things around the home we have to do.
In order to have the workshop more inviting for the winter I had been working on a waste oil burner. It's now finished and installed and working a treat :)






Time for a Nap :P