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  1. #81
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    Think you will need to do something with the arches to fit the new tyre/wheel combo or get different wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by stilltrying View Post
    Think you will need to do something with the arches to fit the new tyre/wheel combo or get different wheels
    After doing some careful measuring the outer edge of the Pontiac light that was fitted is actually 398mm from the outer edge of the tread, giving me a whole 2mm of play .
    So the plan now is all the original rear lights back on! Return the combined units I'd bought to mount on the rear fenders and fit a slim line reverse/rear fog light centrally under the rear pan.
    I've got some "proper" size black and silver reg plates to be mounted between the rear lights instead of under the car as before, and have found a tidy number plate light to fit above.
    Sods law... the battery cut off switch is in the way!
    Now got to move this over 2". My job for the day

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    Cheers for the update gonna look great when done

  4. #84
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    Had a good couple of days on the car. Result is all lights wiring etc from the back lights to the seats is now finished.
    Just got to spray the bracket for the rear fog light and fit that.
    Then on to the inside to mount the seats etc.


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    Now I've started on the cabin. First thing was to try the newly acquired seats. Well they both fit and I think look OK.

    Only problem is they are to wide, so although they both fit in there is no room on the outsides for the cage door bars and no room in the middle for the handbrake, bu**er.

    Back to plan A - home made bomber style seats.
    Find a large box and go back to play school for the afternoon

    Spent quite a while with my angle finder trying to get the optimum angle for the back rest, settled on 13 degrees from vertical.
    You must have lots of holes in a bomber seat and as I purchased some very expensive punch and flare tools from the States last year thought I would make good use of them. Took a long time to decide on a pattern. Think i'm happy now. Harness slots low on each side at the bottom and a slot in the base for the 5th harness strap.

    The moment of truth! It fits with clearance where needed.

    The passenger seat will have to be offset a couple of inches to clear the hand brake.
    The base of the seat will be plywood and mount on a Unistrut frame that is fixed to the car floor.
    This means I do not need an integral head restraint but can mount a pad on the rear roll bar support.
    I have the ally sheet so just need to get on with it
    Last edited by fabphil; 25-06-18 at 07:28 AM.

  6. #86
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    Due to engine building its been a while since I got on with anything to do with the actual car, suns out today so got the ally sheet out and the air shears.
    A couple of hours work and I had something resembling a fire wall cover.
    Template made.

    New hole in floor for T400 to fit.

    Ally sheet sorted

    Fire wall, just got to do the fiddly bits now

    Plenty left for a couple of door panels and some bomber seats.

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    First go at proper solid riveting. Looks straight forward but the result wasn't quite as good as I'd hoped for.....it can only get better

    Used marine Sicaflex to bond the ally to the existing firewall.

    Starting to bring cables through and find all the original holes for brackets and clamps etc.

  8. #88
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    Parts arrived from the States. Head location dowels and bronze cam thrust plate. Can get on with the motor now
    Last edited by fabphil; 26-02-19 at 02:30 PM.

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    Have been working on the motor for a while now, got some time over the weekend to start on the bomber seats.
    Hot Rod Harry helping to hold down the ally sheet.

    Four sides cut out with the air shears

    Centre punched holes for rivets

    Ended up drilling over two hundred 3mm holes for the rivets

    Got this expanding gadget to set the distance between the rivet holes ,saves a lot if measuring

    Cleco fittings to hold all together

    Angle fitted to side piece

    And we get to fitting the copper rivets. The air gun makes short work of things.

    A few hours later, angle riveted , all U section edging cut for both seats. Lumbar support made.

    Seat bottom and back bent, sides clamped in place.

    Then I got to play with my dimple die cutters!


    It's surprising how long it takes. Lots still to do. Need to deal with the sharp corners on the U section, rivet the back and base to the sides. Then fit to the mounting frame. Looks like there will be almost 500 rivets per chair!
    Last edited by fabphil; 06-05-19 at 07:32 PM.

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    Harry looks like he is as happy as anyone given a crap job

    What ideas do you have for the sharp edges? I have one sharp edge on a seat in a mini digger I have and you can bet your life on the fact that everytime I get out of the damn thing I get snagged on it

    Nice to see some progress

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