The most momentous piece of news is that on Saturday (while I was on a sunny Welsh beach watching Hotrods get put though their paces) mantaphil found what was stopping the engine firing up, and fixed it. As I understand it (I don't really understand it) he used an oscilloscope to ascertain that the pulse signal to the ECU was weak & irregular, so whist previous tests had showed it to be fine (normal multi-meter, and an LED bulb) it wasn't really. I think he had to swop out the ignition module and replace a crusty wire, but at any rate it's now fixed and starts on the button. THIS IS A BIG FAT THANK YOU & WELL DONE to my colleagues at TAB, especially Phil & Elkatron - HEROS!
Anyway, now that the Rekord plays* I carried on cleaning everything up and putting it back together..
I had just a spare couple of hours on Monday and didn't want to get filthy, so cracked on with the insides
These are from VIP's spares Yugo, and are non-inertia reel. This is cool with me because the mounting points are all sorted for the 3-points of the belt itself, but there's nothing in the boot to hold a reel. Also because it's cool
Here's an example of why it became a 'spares' Yugo:
Non-inertia reelness means they have these awesome 'Belt Parks'
How cool is that Belt Park!!?
(clamp thing on the wire is because the new spade terminal hadn't been crimped on it yet & I didn't want the wire disappearing back through the hole)
Sound deadening & carpets - hoovered, washed & ready to go back in
Wiring tidied up:
Carpets in LOVE IT
These threshold strips make a real difference to it looking tidy..
Knackered brake hose (see bulge):
Hose the eBay seller sent me, despite requesting the Reg. & confirming it was correct:
Spot the difference (here's a clue: all of it is different) Will have to 'borrow' some off another car for the MoT.
At this point I still had an MoT booked for Weds (tho you can guess from the tense here that that didn't happen) - and I was busy Weds & last night, so no more chances for a ticket this week. Still, got A LOT done Tues eve..
I fitted the back seat:
So. Much. Yellow.
Crushed Lion. My favourite interior ever.
The clutch cables on these require doing a headstand. No seats makes it easier, as does having a Phil to do it for you. Nice shorts dude..
Parcel shelf had holes hacked in it for speakers. The lazy solution to this was to put speakers in them.
New numberplate, from a pressed-metal guy on eBay I've used loads of times..
You'll notice the prop is back out AGAIN.. New g'box rear oil seal to be fitted.
Never fitted a windscreen before; wasn't so hard. Have the rear one to do this weekend. I bought all new chrome trims to go in the channels in the screen rubbers - will do all that kinda stuff once the MoT is sorted.
Wheels-wise, the plan is still very much to do a conversion to 6-stud and run big silly 4x4 wheels with tiny tyres. It's unlikely I'll have time for that before Billing so for now have fitted these wide Weller racing steels (from a GTA Alpine Phil obtained):
The tyres they came on are 255/55's - HA!
(note front doors fitted, albeit without locks/handles/windows, and covered in dust)
With a 225/55:
Will likely go smaller still, once lows are occurring.. (MoT first - not spending time on anything else til that's sorted). You can see in the background that the front wings are fitted too.
This is how she stands right now. You're up to date.
This weekend is going to be flat out. But it'll be done, MoT'd on Weds, and at Billing VBOA Nats on Saturday. Come hell or high water.
Thanks all, it's getting there.. This weekend has been LONG. LOL Steve, probably good thinking tbf
This is how things stood:
A lot of that doesn't lead to interesting photos, but anyway.
Replaced that, and put the prop back in - happy days
Bolted the rest of the front end together (bonnet, bumper, headlights, grille, wipers/washers..)
Actually looks like a car!
What that does highlight is how much duller one of the headlights is than the other. The one from the spare pair was even worse, so I took it to bits..
Bush painted silver. Yeah. That probably isn't going to work.
Colonelk & I then spent absolutely ages stripping down a mint(ish) Manta GTE headlight & rebuilding the reflector into the Rekord housing & glass (which involved swapping over individual clips & moutings, and drilling things, and riveting, etc..) - the Manta one was slightly smaller (3/4" mebbe) than the Rekord, but that wouldn't matter, right?
It actually looked even worse irl than it does there. We laughed until tears came out at it's stupid one-sided face. A total waste of time, but it wasn't half funny
So, so bad - really happy with how it's starting to look otherwise.
Next I took a Mk2 Granada headlight to bits, and repeated all of the above..
Horrible. But just a knurled, friction fit, so limited options..
Strangely, a wheel bolt is the same thread as generic gear knobs (VIP spotted this I think? Top spot!), so I drilled a 12mm hole in one (the same size as that knurled shaft)..
..so I could fit:
Elk despaired at my efforts to "do an ICE install", (apparently it would sound rubbish) so took it out to do it bettererer..
Still work in progress - will get finished pics maybe tomorrow
Rear window in:
Only got the first one done on Sat, takes ages. Lock, fiddly. Window & electric mech, fiddly. Rubbers, fiddly. Fiddly.
That was about it for Sat I think. Probably doesn't sound like much, but was a long day. 9am til 11+pm, as good as non-stop. There was stuff I didn't photograph too, because immensely dull (rear brake flexi, washer bottle & pump, etc..)
Lots crossed off, few things added (sorry about swears). Not at all unhappy with progress at this point of the weekend.
Last Edit: Jul 7, 2014 23:30:11 GMT by HARDCORE: Some idiot* did the photo links wrong.
Wife to the rescue! Cut & clean a section from the (otherwise totally knackered) seat in the scrap car:
Obviously to say it's "as good as new" would be ridiculous, but it's better than a dirty great hole.
Like your geography teachers elbows.
Exhaust! This appears to be a stainless system, but the middle box had worn through from road interference..
Fixed that with the hot metal sticky gun.
Did I mention that putting doors back together is immensely tedious?
Whilst trying to work out which of the million keys I've got across the 2 cars open what, I discovered that you can open this with pretty much anything.
Ones from t'other doors are better, but have been painted red, then black
Better. That's both doors built up and done for now (no door cards, and none of the electrics have been wired up), although I'll probably swap the passenger side lock too, else I'll have different keys for everything. I'm not changing the boot lock though, that sucked to assemble - required 4 bending joints per finger.
Did some other stuff, can't even remember what now.. Was there aaaallll day again.
Then I decided, as it was all that remained to make it water tight, that I should refit the sunroof. . . . .
. . . I am never removing a sunroof from anything ever again. Ever.
3 people, no idea how much time, and 1 jammed sunroof. Having had it in & out and back & fourth what feels like a zillion times, trying to get it to close properly, it got to where it is now then randomly tilted up (like it would do when fully closed). That has jammed it against the inside of the roof so it won't slide in either direction, and it won't tilt down (presumably because it's not in the fully forwards position where the tilt should be possible). Completely jammed. curse word.
Ruining the paint in the process.
I had to stop doing it before I lost my temper and smashed something. curse word thing.
It was pretty late by this point, and Dan had had to head home. I didn't want to leave on such a massive downer after such a long, hard weekend, so decided to fit pointless shiny things to cheer myself up.
Roll of new & shiny, basically pointless expenditure, but the rubbers have a channel for trim and would look weird without it. And I like shiny.
Corner trim pieces saved from the scrap car:
All fitted up a looking shiny. *LIKE*
End of w/e status report..
Most really important things crossed off, some (potentially worrying) new things added. I knew about the brake hose already (it's mentioned up there ^^ somewhere, I was sent the wrong ones) but just forgot to write it on the list. The ball joint rubber I only noticed on Sunday - hopefully the joint itself is ok
Have some general views as it stands currently..
I'm heading to TAB after work. Bolt the seats in, do that brake hose & ball joint rubber, check all the fluids, bleed the brakes, MoT in the morning. What can possibly go wrong.