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Old 30th October 2022, 16:23
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I had quite a good productive time in my garage this week. Made good progress on the carpet fitting and some pieces now dropped off at a local trimmer to have some of the edges trimmed.

Carpet fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

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Carpet fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Just got to do the passenger and drivers footwell panels.
Oh, and the boot, of course

...peter
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Old 26th November 2022, 19:31
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Time in the garage this month has been focussed on finishing the central armrest/handbrake cover.

Before finally fixing the arm rest/cubby box I made up some 9mm thick pads out of plywood for the frame to rest on.

Central armrest fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

I had the arm rest professionally covered by a local trimmer. He did a great job and much much better than I could ever achieve.

Central armrest fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

The handbrake handle cover was designed to fit a VW T5 Transporter.
I also had this gaiter professionally made by the same local trimmer. Excellent quality and very reasonable.

Central armrest fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

I glued and stapled the gaiter to the back of the surround. Very pleased with the result.

Central armrest fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Handy storage space.

Central armrest fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

It wasn't until I came to connect the window switches that I realised the RMC loom is designed for illuminated Granada window switches but I had sourced and fitted Sierra switches. The pin-out is different so I had to spend a couple of hours with the Sierra Haynes manual and a magnifying glass to figure out the connections. I bench tested my homework before fitting the switches to the car.

Window switch wiring connections by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Window switches connected.

Window switches connected by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Window switches fitted by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

So that's it all finished and I'm very pleased with the result

Central Armrest complete by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Next up I will be fitting the gear stick gaiter, so until next time.....

....peter
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Old 29th November 2022, 09:50
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As always, job done perfect.
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Old 29th November 2022, 17:32
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As always, job done perfect.
Thanks, it came out better than I had expected so I'm pretty pleased.
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Old 20th December 2022, 20:26
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The Christmas preparations and the sub-zero temperatures in my gargae caused progress to slow to zero over the last couple of weeks.
But a surprise break in the weather today allowed me to finish the carpeting of the gearbox tunnel.

Gearbox tunnel carpeting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Including finishing the gearstick surround and new gear knob.

Gearstick surround by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

That's probably the last update this year so I'll just wish everybody a Happy Christmas!

........peter
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Old 21st December 2022, 09:46
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Nice work, Peter, that looks very tidy.
Happy Christmas to you too
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Old 21st December 2022, 12:47
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Dear Peter, I, like all readers who have been following your build so far, have enjoyed every post about your work and been envious of your capability. I believe we would enjoy it right up to the finish of the project. Well done, Wish you, family and those who read this post, a happy Christmas and may you be blessed with a new year filled with good health, happiness and joy.
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Old 31st December 2022, 23:03
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Default Happy New Year!!

Just about time left for one more post of 2022......
But first thanks to Kon and Amir for your best wishes and a Happy New Year to you and all my readers,

I managed to find the time to re-fit the passenger door this week. (Only about 10 years after I removed it )

Firstly, I fitted the door wiring loom grommet.

Passenger door fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

I then positioned the door which is surprisingly heavy with glass, winder mechanism and locks, etc. A couple of old scrap tyres and my workshop floor mat made just about the right height to slide it on to the hinges.

Passenger door fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

And after fitting the four bolts and a bit of fettling the door was on and clicked closed on the door catch striker.

Passenger door fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Passenger door fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Passenger door fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Now just showing off the beautiful lines of the Sabre.

Passenger door fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Here's to 2023
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Old 31st December 2022, 23:53
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Well I can't believe I have been following your build for over 10 years.!! Your attention to detail and tenacity is off the scale. Looking forward to future updates. Best wishes for the New Year.
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Great updates. Thanks for sharing the techie details.

Lovely car too

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Old 6th January 2023, 11:08
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Thirded, it's going to be drop dead gorgeous this one!
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Old 12th January 2023, 19:59
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Default New year - same car :-)

Thanks froggyman, DaveP and Biggles for your kind words of encouragement.

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My wife bought me this nice picnic set for Christmas so I better crack on and get this car finished for Summer

Picnic Basket by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Firstly, I finished fitting the door wiring grommet, the restraining strap and the interior lighting switch. I then connected up the door wiring to the cars loom and tested the door window and door lock.

Door fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Then I could do some more interior trimming. I decided to make a panel that encloses the space above the passenger footwell. I started by templating the under dash cover on the passenger side.
I then cut a sheet of aluminium to fit. It fits into a slot I made at the base by gluing a strip of angle ali to the bulkhead and is fixed to a bracket bolted to the underside of the dashboard.
I then covered the ali sheet with carpet and glued soundproof mat to the rear side to stop any chance of vibration.

Carpeting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Carpeting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Carpeting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Carpeting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

I have also been recovering the rear quarter panels. These panels are made of GRP and were supplied as part of the kit. I first cleaned up the panels by removing the old glue. I then covered them in scrim foam using spray adhesive. And then covered them in some navy vinyl.

Rear quarter panel by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Rear quarter panel by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Hopefully, the weather will stay mild enough to carry on with the trimming....

....peter

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Old 27th January 2023, 20:20
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Hopefully, the weather will stay mild enough to carry on with the trimming....
Of course, the weather immediately plunged back below zero in my garage and combined with a nasty head cold has slowed my progress over the last two weeks. But I have managed to (almost) complete three more panels.

Firstly, the passenger side 'a' post cover had to be modified to fit because I mounted the ECU behind the side bar. I then covered it in a piece of carpet and fixed it to the 'a' post with some plywood packing pieces. (the cover is to the left in this photo)

'A' post cover by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Next I tackled the door sill panel. The original sill cover panels were made of thin plywood covered in carpet but these had rotted due to the years of damp storage conditions. So, I remade them out of 2mm thick aluminium and then covered them in scrim foam and navy vinyl.

Sill cover by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Then on to the passenger door card...
The door cards on the Sabre are brilliantly designed GRP mouldings. First I had to clean off the old adhesive and repaire a broken corner. I also found that I needed to trim about 5mm off the bottom edge of the card to clear the door seal.

Passenger Door Card by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

I then covered the card in scrim foam and cream vinyl. The inner window draught seal still to be fitted as I needed to order some tiny screws to fix it to the door card.

Passenger Door Card by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

A little plain atm but I plan to have some professionally trimmed door cards made post IVA and registration to match the seats.

More trimming next week........

..................peter

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Old 28th January 2023, 09:57
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Brilliant work!

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Old 30th January 2023, 09:23
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That looks ace, great work. I can only hope that mine will turn out half as nice... if I ever get there
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Old 30th January 2023, 22:23
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Superb I wish I had your patience and skill!
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Very nice
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