I liked the release latch as it has a flat rear surface which means it’s easy to fix to the Replicar door pocket.
Followed CBS suggestions and used wire rope and electrical blocks to set length, added 2nd block to make sure it doesn’t work loose. Made up some extra brackets and added a return spring to create a nice tension.
Been busy trying to finish all the small jobs that are easier with the body off. Just the dash piece to give a final coat of paint and apply raptor stonechip to the inside of the body and then I hope to not have to lift off again until after IVA.
Also been busy with my sewing machine, so far made up side and underdash kick panels and centre tunnel cover.
Put in some pleats to match my seat design, the bottom edge has Velcro sewn in which fixes to the chassis rail, which I currently feel is better thsn screw fixings but will see how well it stays in place.
Very smart, Scott. Like the warning lights too. Did you use plain or foam-backed Milano? How have you fixed the front trim panel to the main dash (I'm guessing big head bolts bonded in and hidden under the red vinyl?)
I basically made up some steel strips with nuts welded in place to accept screws from underneath clamping the body in place.
To keep the strips in place and holes aligned they are riveted to the aluminium sill edge.
Also fitted the front and side grilles. Used Lockwood Stainless woven diamond wire (like used modem Jaguars). Also made it removable by bonding bolts on inside and held on with wingnuts just in case I need to fix a tow rope.
Using the curved sheet I moulded off the body I could trim the casing to the shape of the body. Then bonded the final trimmed casings on using a thin bead of PU so that I can remove them in future if needed.
Just one more business trip before Christmas do hope to speed up and post some better and more interesting pictures of a closer finished car. Got 2 weeks off at Christmas and other half is working so expect to make a good bit of progress.
Was at the NEC Classic Car show at weekend and picked up 95% of bits I needed to finish.
Celebration time - body is finally bolted down and not planning to remove again.
With that done I have started to refocus on the interior. I bought some sound deadening pads for the floor a long time ago and with my purchase of a roll for the tunnel I decide that was a good next task.
The tunnel is thicker foam so gives some nice cushioning for the elbows.
The side panels are filled with fire rated expanding foam, no as much for the concern on fire but price was same and it seems to have better sound deadening effect. Probably won’t make much difference with no roof but just trying to cut out rattles and resonances.
For the floors I then am using standard garage foam floor mats cut to profile to bring floor up to the same height as the cross rails. On top of this I will have my carpet pieces.