The bootlock mechanism came off some kind of Nissan (it was all I could get at the time with the format I wanted) and mounted using spacers to get it in the right position. The original fitment must have had a stepped panel or similar.
It works well, but looks a bit....er.....adapted, so I thought I'd better attack it with grinder and electric glue and see if I could do better:
Now uses one small spacer and will hopefully look more 'factory' when it's in place.
Headliner (headline news - get it?).
Now I know a lot of people will be saying "Headliner in a race car. WTF?" but I want it to be nice.
Remember the gassers of the 60's? Diamond pleated seats, door cards, headliners, everything!
So I started with a headliner from some kind of Mitsubishi, and cut it down (by a lot less than you'd think) to mimic what would have been the shape of the original fabric roof.
And then covered in the chosen shade of shiny blue vinyl:
This will be bonded to the roof, and a padded 'apron' around the edge, filling the gap down to the frames.
Doing this now is not as random as you'd think. The headlining and roof support have to be in place before the body goes back on the chassis as there just isn't the room to squeeze it in over the rollcage.
For the heading to this post I was going to go with 'Project 'Reaper - In Colour!' as an homage to those Binky boys.
But as white is arguably not a colour I toyed with 'It'll be all white on the night'.
But after the recent psuedo-religious posts I've decided on Let Us Spray!
As mentioned previously, the inside of the car has to be painted, and the headliner trimmed before it goes back on the chassis, so after a weekend blocking out primer it's all shiny now:
Getting there! Now have to finish the headlining and fit the roof support, then it's body on!
Woo, and if I may say, Hoo!
No, I'm not going to post a picture of everything I bolt to the car, but the fuel tank has particular relevance.
I bought the fuel tank before the project kicked off properly, and it was the shape of the tank which made me think "That would look really cool if the chassis crossmember followed the line of the sump." So the crossmember was the first thing I fabricated which, in turn, dictated the dimensions of the chassis.
Garage is a bit crowded so you can see reflections of the engine and the rear wiring loom.
Anyhoo.... it's bolted in place now, and relatively shiny. Might even plumb it in over the weekend!
Top tip - if you've had shiny aluminium sitting around for a while which has built up layers of grinding dust and paint dust, clean it off with Solvol Autosol applied with a rag soaked in thinners. Works very quickly!
OK, so not so much of the screws. You think of a funny title then.
Busy weekend. Worked Saturday morning, mowed the lawn, went shopping, then thought "F*@k this" and started on the car.
Rubbed out the dashboard and applied a few coats of colour (or not colour, or maybe Schrodinger's colour?). More to do but I'm really happy with the gun finish.
Then dragged the sewing machine out of semi-retirement and stitched up the roof insert insert panel, and covers for the door-bar roll cage padding:
Not overly impressed with the creases, but it still looks better than the bare black padding.
Covers are handed. Drivers side has the hole for the window net through it.
The colour of the vinyl is a perfect match to the roll cage (in certain lights!). Both have amazing flip-tones and look dark blue in some lights, purple in some lights and very light metallic blue in others.
That's better, back to the 'funny but clever' titles. IMHO.
The inlet manifold for the engine has been welded together for some time but there was an ugly bit right in your eyeline, just above the alternator.
It follows the line of the original manifold but looked....well.....Ugly.
No worries, a small tube of electric glue squeezed onto a 5mm triangular 'gusset' and .....Voila!
A far more aesthetically pleasing shape.
And whilst I was at it I glued in some -4AN fittings to supply vacuum/pressure to the BOV's and waste gates:
Let me take you back to 2019. It was a simpler time, the world was free and no-one had heard of covid.
I had just wrestled the dashboard from where it had sat since 1938:
Pretty? No. Pretty rough? Yes. But not to worry, I had an angle grinder, some old metal from a wiring conduit and a fresh tube of electric glue and I wasn't afraid to use it.
So soon I had filled the original big, ugly glovebox and added a smaller, more delicate glovebox/fusebox in a place more....well....left hand drive-ish;
Soon followed an extension forwards, and slots cut out to clear the roll-cage:
Then gauge holes in the right place and a glovebox door:
And give-or-take some primer here and there, that was the way it sat for another year.
Then I had the brilliant idea to weld in a cubby-hole for the boost controller:
But soon got rid of that, and all of the unused holes in the dash:
Then followed some filling and priming in the age of Covidicus (New Testament), and last week I got all painty and spray-y:
Yesterday was a day free from the confines of work, so I went to the spray booth (read 'garage with the doors shut') and got wayward with some more 'Gasser Grey' paint on the dial bezels so that they all match.
As an aside, remember the dials? They came with the car and were destined for the scrap bin until I discovered that they actually work!
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