waiting for the overriders from Pilgrim, promised this week,
(they said that last week, and the week before), but at least
the seat runners, carpet, mesh set, stainless bulkhead cover,window
wipers and arms, were dispatched Fri. So for now I will get
on with some of the little jobs.
surprising how the little jobs seem to take the longest,
you look at the progress and think, nearly finished now, just
little jobs left now. Those little jobs however seem to drag
on for ages.
weekend I started some of the 'little' jobs, ie fitting the
bonnet catch. I had hoped to use Gas struts, but found it difficult
to find some of the right strength, so changed my mind and
used Pilgrims boot/bonnet struts.
decided where to mount the strut and made a supporting bracket
from aluminum to take the strain from the wing. No problems
fitting the strut and then I fitted the locating cams and brackets
for the bonnet handles.
the same time I also fitted the bonnet seal, some 'D' shaped
rubber beading 13mm wide by 13mm
high, this was glued in place with contact adhesive. After
adjusting the cams we ended up with a nice snug fit, the
bonnet pulls down nice and tight on the seal when the handles
turned to the shut position.
I needed to mount the remote heater control, it took a bit
of messing around but eventually the slider control was mounted
vertically on a bracket from the edge of the bulkhead, the
position is such that just a slot is needed in the dashboard
for the slider knob to poke through. The control knob will
be within the steering wheel area excluded from the projections
test in the SVA.
have removed the steering wheel and gear knob to make it easier
to take the dashboard in and out, it is also easier to lay
on your lap whilst sitting on the tunnel and work on the connections.
I have also now finished the burr walnut for the center of
the dashboard, the foam and leather are also ready for the
dashboard, so should hopefully be able to cover the dash next
front page image will be updated next time, to wet to move
the Cob out into the rain just to take a progress picture.
update until after Christmas, I am also off to Luosto in Lapland
over Christmas, (to see the REAL Father Christmas).
all the remaining parts have arrived from Pilgrim, ie Overriders,
Inner Front Wheel arches, Wing Mirrors, Seat belts, Wheel
Spinners, Bulkhead cover, Bulkhead angle, Chassis plate, Step
Plates, mesh grill set and stainless vent covers.
first off finally fit the nudge bars, starting with the front.
Cut the threaded bar as per the manual and assembled the overriders
to the threaded bar, but not the nudge bar hoop. This was because
I wanted to make sure the hoop could be positioned exactly
in line with the body nose,so the intention is to fit the overriders
then drill the overriders with the hoop lined up with the nose.
Well that's the plan anyway, the holes in the body have to
be drilled at an angle to allow for the upward slope of the
fitting holes. I
have one of those tapered drills which is great for opening
out the holes. With the overriders in position the hoop was
fixed in position with clamps and then the overriders marked
for drilling the 8mm holes.
minutes later and job done.
now onto the rear nudge bar. This was a little more involved
as you have to make up mounting brackets and decided on the
correct position. First off I noticed that the fixing tubes
for the overriders were not equi distant about the centre of
the nudge bar, bugger, the nearside was at least 15mm closer
to the centre. So I had to decide if to position the nudge
bar central and have the overriders slightly off centre in
relation to the boot lid or position the nudge bar itself off
centre. I decided to fit the nudge bar central as this looked
also decided to have the top bar level with the boot handle,
then after marking up the hole positions using a felt tip through
the tubes, we were ready to drill the holes. After measuring
again I drilled out 10mm holes, checked the position then opened
out to fit the tubes. The nudge bar was then slid into position
and two brackets made up then,bolted to the floor and then
marked for the threaded bar. The overriders were then assembled,
but beware DO NOT cut the threaded bar to the length specified
in the manual, they will be too short. Measure the required
distance yourself , there is plenty of bar.
good so far, now onto the dashboard. I was not looking forward
to this job, there are a lot of angles and bends to pull the
leather round without getting any creases. I used 1/2" foam
and Evo stick contact adhesive. As usual the job was a real
pain, but eventually got rid of the worst creases with just
a couple of small ones left. A good tip is to use super glue
for any difficult edges, the stuff sticks leather just as well
as your skin, and very quickly. I found that small areas of
leather under tension do not stick well with contact adhesive.
My fingers are now a lot thicker than when I started due the
the layers of glue !.
now also fitted then centre section with my Walnut Burr inlay,
and used blue leather for the small area showing around the
have just placed the glove compartment door in place at the
moment, it has to be trimmed to fit yet. The centre console surrounding
the gear lever and handbrake will be made up next.