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Old 29th June 2019, 15:07
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RedRatBike - The current plan is see how I get on.

As I've spend a lot of time making sure the edges are smooth to the touch.

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It ain't half hot mum.
Made a few adjustments to the remaining side panel where it met the rear corner panel, as it seems too long.



As it turned out, by the time I'd got to fixing this edge in place it ended up being slighty too short.

One day I will trim the bolts holding the driver's side mirror in place.



But for now, I just needed to make a template for the cover panel.





As before, this allowed me to mark up and drill the final holes needed on the side panel.





End of Part 1…
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Old 29th June 2019, 15:09
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Saturday - Part 2:
By the time I was ready to start fixing the side panel it was after 11am and thankfully the sun hadn't reached the car yet.



It took over an hour to fix the panel in place, by which time I was sweating buckets and my back was aching.
( From all the reaching in over the side of the cockpit. )

Still, the final panel was in place and it was worth the sunscreen burning my eyes.





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What looks like a crease is the panel trying to follow the contours of the cockpit wall, that does slope in.

My next job is to put a number of screws in the middle of the panels to stop any vibration.

I want to have a think about the best way to do this, so all thoughts are welcome.



Option:
A - Single row, evenly spaced, in the middle.
B - Two rows, evenly spaced, at 1/3rd & 2/3rds.
C - As above, but unevenly spaced.

My current preference is for "C", as I want to add a few extra screws around the seat belt cut outs too.

The postman delivered this today, a replacement float the fuel gauge sender



As I noticed that that the one I currently have has sprung a small leak and has some petrol on the inside.
( I had removed the whole unit when I was trying to fix my fuel problem. )

That was all the time I had for the car, as I had other chores to do, including gardening in over 30 degrees heat.

At least all the rain we had at the start of June means the grass is still very green.



Hope to have a family BBQ this evening, so I'd better go and finish preparing for that.

Cheers, Paul.
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Old 30th June 2019, 19:11
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Some finishing touches...
I decided to go with Option C (see post above) for the extra screws in the side panels.

This involve marking a couple of horizontal lines and then spacing out where to drill holes.



In addition to adding a load more screws, I cleaned up the rear cockpit wall access panel.

Which had lumps of Tetroseal stuck to the underside.



And some drops of BRG on the sunny side.



Thankfully, this all cleared up nicely.





But before I could fit this, I had to replace the float from the fuel gauge sender.

This was the small amount of petrol sloshing around the old one.



With the sender back in the tank and connected up...



I started the engine just to check the fuel gauge was working.



Note:
The fact that the engine now starts and runs without any issues still makes me smile.

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Old 30th June 2019, 19:12
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Sunday - Part 2:
I have a bag of extra screws that match the ones used on the rear wall access panel "somewhere".

But after rearranging everything in both the new shed and the Summerhouse I can't find them.

So rather than waste any time now, I simply 'borrowed' four from the rear panel to fit the side mirror bolt covers.





So there are some gaps in the rear panel that I will fix in the next few days.

However, you can still get a pretty good idea of how it will look in the end.



Plus here are the side panels.





Finally, some wider angle shots.





I must confess that this has worked out much better than I ever could have expected.

So until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 30th June 2019, 19:31
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The effort pays off! Looking fantastic Paul.
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Old 30th June 2019, 19:50
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Looks great Paul, I love the continual evolution of your build.
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Old 30th June 2019, 21:53
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Paul,

Loving what you have done to the interior. Looks just right. You should be proud of your effort. Great progress thread.

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Nice work Paul, definitely a worthwhile upgrade.
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Old 1st July 2019, 07:55
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That smartens the interior up nicely.
Will be interesting to see if you get any 'drumming' from the panels.
Shouldn't do, as you appear to have sufficient screws.
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Old 1st July 2019, 17:47
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Molleur, Jones, Dave, Mr T & Colin - Thanks gents.

Note: If there is any drumming from the panels I have plenty of screws left over.

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Just a token gesture...
While the seats are still out, I thought I should test fit the base panel for the hand brake gaitor.



Then I just rested a seat in place and realised it would be easier to drill the fixing holes now.

After a bit of trimming and hammering I was left with this.



Eventually, I will use the same 'access panel' screws to fix this in place.

But for now, I just used some screws to hold panel in place as I drilled holes on each side.

This panel will be scuffed before final fitment, as this looks way too shiny.



Other odd jobs today included using some Kurust on the seat spacers.



Plus I masked off the areas around the new mirror bolt access panels.





At some point, the underside edges will get a coat of Tetroseal.

But that was all for today, cheers, Paul.
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Old 2nd July 2019, 22:13
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Almost complete...
Lots of little odd jobs to do, including taping the seat spacers in place.

For some, the penny washer was nicely stuck to the Tetroseal on the floor.



For others, the washer also needed to be stuck into position too.



The seat belts need to be fitted before the seats can go in.

So I added a layer of tape on the inside surface of the fixing plates.
( In a vain attempt to reduce some of the rattles in the car. )



Unfortunately, the grey shows up some of the stains the belts have picked up over the years.



So I spent a little while giving them a scrub, but it made very little difference.



Driver's side in.



For the record:
Fitting these seats the first time around was almost the straw that broke me on this build.
( Back in August 2016, that first seat took 4.5 hours to do! )

The main problem is that I can't see where the bolts are going into the base of the seat when I am underneath the car.

So today's approach involved some 'sticks'.



Which then poked out of the floor.



I then applied copper ease to the bolts.



End of Part 1…
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Old 2nd July 2019, 22:14
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Tuesday - Part 2:
When the first bolt went in without any problems I felt a small wave of joy sweep over me.

Unfortunately, I then could not manage to get any of the other three to go in at all.

At this point, my stiff upper lip may have experienced a slight tremble.

But I had another go at lining up the seat from above and this time all bolts went straight in.



This joy was short lived when I realised the top seat belt mount had slipped and was now facing down.

It took a significant amount of brute force and ignorance to get the fixing bracket the right way up.

But eventually the driver's seat was in.





For the passenger seat, I just needed to clean up a patch on the rear of the seat.





This time I taped the top seat belt bracket in the upright position.



This seat went in even quicker and so now both seats are in.





While I still can't find my big bag of screws, I did find four to complete the rear access panel.



It then gave me great pleasure to climb into the seat and start the engine.

But I just need to sort out the boot and my tool bag before I go for a drive.

Until then, take care, Paul.
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Old 3rd July 2019, 17:57
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Back on the road again...
There were just a couple of small jobs to do before I was ready to hit the road.

The first was a major tidy up of all the tools used recently and a hoover of the boot floor.

Then I could put my car tool bag back into place.



Last thing to do was to fit the new rubber seal for the petrol cap, that arrived yesterday.



Unfortunately, as I was in the process of fitting it, the petrol cap internals fell apart.



The good news is that nothing was dropped into the open petrol tank.

So I made sure that the tank was covered before attempting to re-screw the parts back in.



But no matter what I tried, the small little screw would not hold.

This leads me to believe it has actually snapped off, leaving a bit of thread in the hole.

There is no way for me to fix this, so I will look out for a replacement.

In the meantime, I just used the spring to hold the seal in place.

I was then very careful when I stopped to fill up with petrol.

But this arrangement works OK for now.

On the Road Niggles:
- The top seat belt bracket now seems to hit the alloy making more noise than before.

- The new fuel gauge float was a little longer than the original and this is fouling 'somewhere'.
( As the fuel gauge didn't move very far despite putting a lot of petrol in. )

Just to be clear, none of these things could distract from the joy of driving around in shorts and a T-shirt.

I had to make a quick stop at B&Q, where it seemed like a good idea to park in the shade.



There was just enough time for a couple of photos on the way home.





But that's all for now, so until next time, take care, Paul.
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Looking good!
Shame about the petrol cap bit.
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Molleur - Cheers.

Replacement fuel cap on its way from Ebay.

+ Happy Independence Day!

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On days like these when skies are blue and fields are green…









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The photos above were taken on a 50 mile drive that was pure joy.
( With the exception of some stationary traffic on the M1. )

But the day actually started with a quick oil level check.



Until next time, take care, Paul.
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Great pics, thanks for sharing!
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Old 8th July 2019, 18:12
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Molleur - Cheers.

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A quick job my ar$e!
My second hand replacement petrol cap arrived from Ebay.



But there was a slight technical problem as the fitting tube was not smooth like mine.



So I drifted out the pivot pin from the replacement cap and fitted the new rubber seal.
( The fitting of which caused all these problems in the first place. )



There was no way to get at the pivot pin with the old cap in position, so that had to come out.
( Don't look at the mess all the petrol spills have made of the paintwork. )



I also needed to transplant this catch spring from the old cap to the new one, which didn't have one.



Now I could fit join the new cap to the original tube and I was good to go.



By the time I had finished fitting the cap, it looks like the rain clouds were coming.



Unfortunately, I was so distracted by the clouds it appears I didn't take a take photo of the cap in place.

But if it helps, it looks just like the old one, but now everything works properly.

End of Part 1…
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Monday - Part 2:
As soon as I'd covered up the back half of the car, the sun came out again.

So I peeled back the covers from the front of the car and spent a few minutes under the bonnet.

As I am thinking about my options for creating something like Dale's Formosa.



I figured the radiator shroud would be the starting point.



Note: This needs to angle down to avoid hitting the bonnet which only just clears the radiator.
( Hence the bulge required to clear the radiator cap. )

At this point I was just using some scrap cardboard to give me a rough idea of where the sides might go.



Especially as I will need to maintain access to the expansion bottle.



As with everything on this build, I expect this may take a while to work out.

So as the sun was still shining I packed away the cardboard and took the scenic route to Sainsburys instead.



Until next time, take care, Paul.
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A decent run out…
Went to visit an old friend today to discuss a new job opportunity and to go for lunch.



Racked up 105 miles, which is my longest drive in a long time.

Unfortunately, it was back on with the jumper today and the M25 was blustery to say the least!

Spotting this Tribute somewhere between Chelmsford and Brentwood in Essex.



Will pop 'next door' in a minute to see if anyone there knows it.

Cheers, Paul.

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Friday
Wanted to make a quick trip shopping trip to Greenford.



But this ended up being a traffic jammed nightmare in both directions.

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Tuesday
In a rare moment of clarity…

It dawned on me not to look at the fuel gauge problem with a full tank of petrol.

So with a few miles racked up, it was now safe to remove the rear cockpit wall access panel.



But before I removed the fuel gauge sender itself, I checked the fuel gauge with the car on my sloping driveway.



Then I marked up the high and low points of the float.





Plan A
This was to 'somehow' switch the float over to the left hand side.

But it quickly became apparent that the sensors would only work with the float on the right.

Plan B
Put a kink in the wire and switch the float to face inwards.
( Where it previously faced the other way. )



But it seemed that this approach made the wire itself foul the fuel pipe.

Plan C
Make the kink in the wire inwards and put the float in the original outward position.
( Remember that the new float was slightly longer than the old one. )



Note:
I used the markings on the cardboard to make use the float was still hitting the right high and low levels.

With the sender unit refitted, I tested the fuel gauge again and the reading was slightly higher.



But just in case there was still a problem, I only used a few screws to hold the access panel in place.



I then headed to the petrol station to see what impact filling up would have, and…

Success!



Note:
Ever since the tank was re-positioned in the original Cordite framework, the gauge never shows fully full.

So that will certainly do for now and when I got home I fixed the access panel properly.



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