Well, an overdue update.
I haven’t been down to the old girl in months, not out of a lack of desire rather work and other priorities have got in the way and so with apologies out of the way, I’ll update with today’s news.
Re-assessing the project it’s clear that I’m not going to make Dunkeld which is pretty gutting to say the least; I’m disappointed with myself.
Moving forward, the updates won’t be ginormous leaps forward, rather smaller items moving it forward to conclusion.
You may recall I wasn’t able to fire the car up due to the immobiliser plus the myriad of componentry disconnected which clouded the issue and so I set about reconnecting wherever possible. (still not firing)
On the drivers crashpad on the ‘300 there is this little item. I’ve no idea what it is but once I’d removed it I was able to see that it’s a small fan- for what? I’ve no idea but it looks pretty disgusting as it’s filled up with dirt.
I now have the task of where to mount it on the ’40 crashpad which will replace the one fitted thus matching the rest of the doeskin trim.
There is insufficient room twixt coin tray (wider on the ’40)and pad edge The easiest way would be to mount in in the coin receptacle, assuming I don’t store a windscreen cloth there- will air movement make a big issue? I’ll check out its identity before drilling and cutting.
My other news is regarding the door pillar catches.
I specifically wanted to retain the stainless pillar bolts because I think they’re a nice touch, my panel beater however wasn’t so enamoured and when I suggested such ideas as, cutting a section out of the B Post to capture the mount points- he gave me a dressing down on side impact liability lol!.
His attempt at a solution wasn’t really elegant and so today with a little stirring of the grey matter I realised that the update by Ford would have used the same datum points as Jaguar, to ensure alignment of the closing door/catch. The solution was thus simple- drill out the Ford pin and use its, now empty hole, within the catch as a template hole, for the drill point for the stainless bolt – voila!
I’ll mig the redundant bolt holes closed and it closes perfectly; well chuffed!
Stage 1 :
Stage 2 : Nearly there..
I’ve now found a local trimmer here in Suffolk and so the seats will go for repair (drivers bolster) and Derek was right I need late Daimler seat backs to make the picnic tables work. I have found a pic of them mounted onto ’40 backs which works but I think that I’ll go the Daimler route if I can find some.
You can see the differences below.
Finally, on a closing note my wiring loom was returned back with the colours identified but alas no joining loom…..it’s disappointing as it's taken so long for it to be returned and I’m struggling with this part of the build; I guess all the Project 7's and F Pace's are holding my build up
Did I mention that I’m pulling the whole column out from the ’40 to save time swapping ignition barrel and steering wheel/airbag? – such fun