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With the last of the dash wiring (gauges and illumination) finalised I saw no reason not to fit the dash. So I did. So there.

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Considering the confined space behind the dash, the wiring hasn't come out too untidy:

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Some of it still needs to be clipped up. Obvs.
I'm particularly happy with the way the dash tucks around the cage and behind the 'A' pillar. Looks a lot tidier than some I've seen:

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Happiness.....and out!

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You must be getting a bit excited now the end is in sight?
Damn right!
Still a lot to do (obvs.) But every day sees more and more empty shelves in the garage.
After today it will just be engine check, fit and wire, door trims, mod bonnet, fit the doors, boot and bonnet and paint everything, make and fit the windows, repair and paint the window trims, set up the clutch, fit the gearbox, fit the rad, fans and oil cooler, add fluids, remake the distributor drive, fit and trim the seats, wire and plumb the turbo controller, fit the turbos and exhaust, set up the IRS and tracking, finish plumb the fuel system and regulator.......... I wish I'd never started this post, I'm all depressed now :(
 

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you mean all that's left is.... everything else. that sounds much easier to achieve, lol.
neil.
 

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FIRE!

Or hopefully not...

Fitting and plumbing the fire extinguisher system was pretty straightforward, except for the bottle mount - this is made from 2mm plastic and had 4 x 6mm mount holes.
Given that the bottle weighs 10kg, I wouldn't trust the plastic to hold firm if the car ever stops abruptly.
So I added a couple of 2mm aluminium brackets at the sides of the mounts to strengthen everything a bit.

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It's mounted with 4 x M6 cap-head screws. The inner two screw into tapped holes in the chassis, and the outer two have penny-washers and nylon nuts under the floor panel.

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The tube runs forward and backwards along the outer chassis member:

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(It will be clipped up and straightened), Up over the bell housing to this Tee:

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Which distributes it to the drivers nozzle, and the two engine nozzles high on the firewall:

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Backwards the hose re-emerges through the floor, then runs up by the seat mount to a relatively low mounted nozzle in the boot:

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(again it will be clipped up). The nozzle in the boot should help put out any potential fuel pump fires as it's higher than the base of the fuel tank:

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One more job done!
 

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I try to do at least an hour every day. Didn't help that we went away for a week before Christmas.
Unfortunately, due to the ridiculous requirements (and cost) to get a 'unique' car road legal here in NZ it will be relegated to strip use only.
That's a real bummer not be able to get your car road legal at a reasonable cost. You'd think the authorities could come up with something like the Aussie way or like our Biva.
 

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That's a real bummer not be able to get your car road legal at a reasonable cost. You'd think the authorities could come up with something like the Aussie way or like our Biva.
Yep. I've got a few vehicles through SVA/BIVA in the UK, but the system here is very discretionary. I deal with a lot of individuals who are going through the process and some of the stories of 'requirements' are ludicrous. In one instance I know of it cost the builder $8,000 to get a brake pedal certified, and he has said that he will never go through the system again as the fines for using an uncertified vehicle are a tiny fraction of the costs to go 'legal'. And if the tester makes a mistake and misses anything guess who pays for the retest?
 

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LED down the garden path.....

Swift LED conversion on the trafficators.
Uses 14 LED 'daytime running' strips, one per side, doubled up so they show both sides. Cost a whole $2 each!
Better than the old festoon bulb IMHO, and with no fear of melting the lenses.

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