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not sure on the thread, but you can always solder another fitting onto what's there so your escort pipe will fit. it's what i'd do if i had a pipe that fitted the engine but not the gauge. only one fitting to get if you don't have summat suitable and only your time if you do. but i'm cheap so feel free to ignore me, lol.
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Discussion Starter · #102 · (Edited)
Thanks Neil, I've had an idea 💡 .
It looks the same as old motorbike fuel tap threads. I'll ratch one out tomorrow, see if it matches, then I'll know for sure but I think they are 1/4 bsp
 

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Well, that worked. I can't believe I didn't think of it sooner, but I had all the bits. So I knocked this together. Then I refitted the guage and fitted the oil pressure pipe.

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Did a little more too. I made up the rear brake pipe and sorted out some radiator hoses from the shed. Made a nose cone steady from an old brake rod, aaand, ordered a few bits and bobs (consumables).
Happy days :)
 

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I am not trimming it, I thought about lashing over the inside with something textured like stone chip, as long as it drys and I won't get covered in it, what could possibly go wrong? The grp is far from pretty, so a single colour textured finish would improve things no end in my view.
KOBI-Dave – Only just got around to reading your build thread and noticed the above.

The inside of my cockpit was made up of a mix of metal framework, plywood panels, fibreglass & filler. :rolleyes:



Which then got a coat of etch primer.



Before brushing on some Tetroseal.


Which was a good enough finish to get the build through its first MOT and on the road.



Eventually, I screwed some extractor fan alloy over the top.



Hope that helps.

Good luck, Paul. :)
 

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Thanks for your input Paul. Always encouraging to get a bit of feedback. I have actually bought some bedliner, so I'll be trying that first.
The finish you got on your build would be plenty good enough for what I'm looking for. So hopefully mine will come out as good.
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Here we go 2 3 4,

Clare the post girl was here again today , she brought me presents again ( don't think they were from her though). Got me some lights, some 'inges for me doors, and lots of consumables. I had to get another electrical connections/ lugs n spades selection box as I left my last one on a job about 100 miles away. I wasn't going back for it.

Had a little play and fitted the back lights. I got the cheapest type as you may imagine!!
I skinned the rear panel in alloy. A previous custodian of the shell had cut out some big 'oles in it, which were no good to me, and with my skill level, I wasn't going to try and glass it smooth 😉
I put them vertical rather than horizontal as the spare wheels will be hung out of the back, so kept them out of the way.
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The height governed by the boot floor .
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Rad hoses on, got a manifold on ( loosely) but haven't convinced myself yet.
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I have another tubular one, but I'd need to cut it and bring it out around 6" to go down the outside of the car. It would be a lot easier with the cast one just using a couple of 90 degree bends.
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We will just have to see if laziness prevails :)
 

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I had a little bit of time today, had a wee look see how my door 'inges are going to work.
I started with 100mm parliament hinges in 3mm steel like this.
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I cut them down to this, which matches the recesses in the shell.
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I figured that the hinge pins need to be in a line to avoid stressing anything.
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So after that I need to do me a bit of drillin and a tappin. But, after a morning of building, a cup of tea was more appealing than drillin 'oles.😄
 

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Well I got the frame on one side.
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The lower hinge needed much bendation with help of the gas axe. Managed to keep the heat to a minimum to avoid heat transfer to the GRP.
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The frame moves well, just needs skinned now, I bet that will be more of a pain in the butt.

Made a start on the other side too.
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Any suggestions for latches/handles?
 

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what about the 'indoor' part of a yale type front door catch? i guess you wont have a handle outside as you'll just reach over the door top to open them so it would work fine. and it is a rat rod so........
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Good idea Neil, I'll offer one up to see what happens.
I'd even thought of a simple sliding bolt fixed to the top rail of the door and locating behind the B post.
I was quite pleased how well the frame works, I thought it would be a 'mare. Let's see how the skin goes!!!!
 

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if the tapered 'catch' bit is facing the wrong way i've stripped them apart several times and reversed it in it's housing to work for whatever i was doing, shed doors that open the 'other way' for example.
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