No progress on the car at the moment, although garage is looking better and better. The tractor and boat are pretty cool. I'd have the Ferrari but wouldn't swap my Fergie. Porsche made a rather nice tractor as well (and I'm not talking about the Panamera).
I shall post some pics of my weekend shortly - the 2nd Watergate Bay Hillclimb.
After a hiatus of three years, the first steps on the road to resumption have been taken.
I am going to take out the engine as there are some tweaks that three years of thinking have given rise to. I am also going to move the pedal box forward 50mm. It will make a huge difference to the driving position.
So, it has been 3 years and 4 months since I did any meaningful work on the car. In that time I got divorced and decided on a big life change to a more rural existence in Devon...with someone who actually likes me. As a result, I have a rather nice double garage.
During this period I also thought about the things that I needed to change on the car. The biggest issue was the seating position. Despite all my measurements, the pedals were a fraction too close. I knew that if I could move the pedal box 5cm forward, it would be more comfortable and I would be able to fit my preferred 14" Mota Lita.
The only problem was, the front bulkhead was too close for me to move the pedals.
My parting picture in May 2017 was this -
All very neat but too close to the driver... So, how could I extend the bulkhead...
A quick look on eBay revealed some rather neat aluminium boxes that are meant to hold electrical components...
Cut the back out with a jigsaw...
Fit to the bulkhead and mark out the aperture...
Bingo! Extended bulkhead. This is just so that the stems on the pedals can go beyond the old bulkhead when depressed. The pedal faces (foot pads) go no further than the plane of the old bulkhead, i.e my feet don't have to fit into the new space.
All very neat and a very comfortable driving position.
And, no, there is plenty of clearance with the front wheel, and there was enough pipe to tweak the twists and turns so as not to have to make any new brake and clutch pipes.
It also makes the bulkhead look more interesting which is a bonus. I'm tempted to add one to the passenger side for no reason at all.
And, yes, there should be regular updates from now on.
Last edited by oxford1360; 14th September 2020 at 08:17..
Mick, Paul, Mr T and Micky - Thanks! It felt very good to be back at it. A decent sized workspace also adds to the pleasure...and a large screen and WiFi means I can have the cricket or F1 on while I work.