I sorted my glass collection out, I decided to move it to avoid the possibility of it falling onto my Acty once it’s back.
Out of seven pieces of Acty side glass; I’ve got one pair with the correct bottom guide rails on.
One driver side has the correct rail fitted but it has scratched glass.
I’ve got two passenger sides without a bottom guide rail at all.
I’ve got one pair with perfect condition bottom guide rails but typically they’re with bolts too far apart - I think they’re from an earlier model Acty so will look to get the bottom brackets welded in the correct positions and hopefully get fresh bottom guide rails up for each of my pieces of glass, just in case.
I like this sticker on the pair of glass I’m using but think they’re too damaged to keep when everything’s fresh and minty once painted.
Apart from painting the walls and floor white and fitted a couple of LED panels I’ve done as much prep as I can, I’ve removed everything from the walls and dusted and swept the whole section where the Acty will be. The only thing i could do more would be to build a stud wall up this near end so the Acty has a complete room to itself but then there would be less room to walk around front and back of the truck and I wouldn’t be able to gaze at it through the door!
Looking at that photo bugged me that the red chest blocked the view a bit so I just went back to the garage and moved it up onto the worktop and now I’ll have a clearer view, although I only put one light on...
I’ve also thrown away all of my garage clothes with buttons and zips on, just joggers and sweatshirts to wear in the garage now!
As per my question yesterday regarding angle brackets for seatbelts I ended up contacting the original seller of my seatbelt even though it was 8 months since I bought the second one and I now have a second bracket.
I decided to paint them as I’d left one in during soda blasting.
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I’ve got a month’s worth of catching up to do, after being asked to keep things quiet on the forum to give an element of surprise for the RR stand at the Classic car show at the NEC this weekend...
the first time I saw the truck in its new paint and I was blown away by the gloss...
I fitted the headlamps at the body shop so the exterior looked more finished for a video before it left but I had to wait until the truck was delivered to me on 12th October after me and rusty waited in anticipation...
Then I drew up a list and had an intense two weeks of staying up until 2am or 3am pretty much every night getting through various lists and tasks to get it ready and complete for the last two shows of the year, ultimate stance and the classic car show at NEC.
Some dates might be inaccurate as it was gone midnight when I logged some of them so I might need to revisit and adjust dates accordingly.
Only small steps so far, my Instagram user sticker on the windscreen, and the radiator cap which I had powdercoated black last week is now fitted.
Fair progress today. Getting the wiper linkage together took longer than expected but it came together when I found the earth cable in the loom and took paint off for the earth point. Rear plate a quick win as I stumbled across it in my box. Seat belt buckles fitted but forgot I need to find angle brackets before I can fit the reels.
Washer hose fitted ... Both window mechanisms fitted ... Both side windows cleaned at base where the glass can’t be accessed once fitted... Both side windows fitted (although rubber strips still to be cleaned and fitted) ... Heater unit cleaned and fitted.
Only a brief amount of truck time tonight so I’ve fitted the front number plate and primered the seat belt brackets. I would have left them as they come but I left one in when it was soda blasted!
A start made on cleaning paint off the door seals, I got about 20cm completely clean in about 10 minutes so it shouldn’t take me long to work my way through them.... Two bolt caps arrived in the post which I’ve cut down to hide the plain metal retaining nut and spindles for the wiper blades ... I fixed the hydraulic remote receiver control box to the inside back of the cab ... the seat belt angle brackets are now painted in black ... finally I drove up to prey in Nottinghamshire to collect my now dark brown flocked dashboard and lower centre trim panel.
Feels like a massive step forward tonight... Seatbelts fitted
Seat back fitted using the now powdercoated seat back pivot hinge things
OEM jack and turny thing in their under seat positions
Bench fitted (JML magic eraser has arrived to clean the seat up a bit)
Washer bottle and external pump from carbuildersolutions fitted
Brown fur headlining fitted
Chrome rear view mirror fitted
I also decided to fit the peep mirrors from limebug and a couple of spike nuts on the tailgate retainer bolts while i was on a roll.
Meanwhile the level of mintyness is restored by painting toilet next to the garage mint green!
Club RR sticker arrived, cut circular and applied...
Reflectors fitted ... rear window fitted and polished (few more scratches to polish out ... dashboard reassembled ... dashboard fitted ... steering wheel fitted ... muchos progresso.
Smaller steps made today... driver door handle fitted ... horn button wired up ... number plate light wired up ... tail lights wires preparation started.
Front and rear lights connections tested ... oil filler relocated to bed ... oil topped up to check for leaks ... oil level checked to make sure I can still get to it ... rotated offside headlight slightly so it will sit level once bolted back in.
Main beam / dipped beam / side lights wired in but Manually switched for now. Had lots of help from @maxdamage regarding getting stalk switches sorted so will look into those over winter. Glossy levels increase with the light output!
Fold down number plate and rear fog brackets fabricated
Interior doors rebuilt, seals fitted
Suitcase modified to hide hydraulic pump and secure battery.
First day outside (to fit rubber seals that needed doors fully open for) for 7 months and it’s raining. This makes Acty sad 😞 but she’s all good to go. Didn’t start at first until I remembered about dem choke tings.
Managed to splutter 10 miles to the mot centre after driving through an 18” deep puddle and then it wouldn’t start for the test. Distributor dried out and up she fired, and passed, and drove like a dream. Just need to sort out a leak between the fuel filler and the tank now and she’s all done.
Another vintage leather case from a local vintage on line sales guy to go with the first to make the hydraulic install all hidden. Both bolted to the bed so they stay safe.
Set up day at ultimate stance show in Telford, first show in its new look and it was also its last show in its old look in 2018 so a nice symmetry.
Once cleaned up it was a good chance to have a few drinks with friends met as a result of the forum.
Then back to the show the following day and a trip home with a top 20 award.
My custom made walnut and maple gear knob and handbrake sleeve arrived
Gear knob and handbrake sleeve fitted and a floor covering made out of faux leather / vinyl, double sided to give it weight.
All set up in the NEC on the RR stand for the classic car show...