The fixing ends had a lip facing the ground around the bolt hole and I ground those off so that I had a flat mating surface. With that done the rails still had those fixing ends bent downwards so I simply popped each end in the vise and straightened them. You can see in the second pick the holes are marked red for the next step which was to drill a hole and pop in an M10 rivnut and bolt the seat down. I chose this method so as to avoid having to bolt straight through the floor/rail.
Rear lights are in and I thought I would share since what looks to be a straightforward job turned out to be a bit more difficult than I expected with some lessons learned.
There are 2 main problems:
The recesses for the lights are too small (at least on mine) to accommodate the outer silver ring which also acts as a locking mechanism since it squeezes the lip securely around the lens.
Putting screws in from the lens side interferes with the edge/lip of the lens.
My first attempt was to use the 3 holes in the bulb holder lined up with the holes in the rubber boot.
- The problem here was that I could not get the lenses on once tightened down.
My second attempt was to use the two larger holes and use some log profile machine screws so that i could hold the shaft from the back and tighten the nut to squeeze things together.
- The problem this time was that the screws interfered with the lens
The solution that worked for me was to use screws from the inside to catch the smaller holes in the bulb holder. This allowed me to pull that bulb holder to the body with the lens in place and thereby squeezing the lips onto the lens to hold them firmly in place.
I think I'll tidy things up further by cutting off the outer rubber lip as others have done.
Decided it was time to hide the wiring and find a place for the OBD2, dash dimmer and fuse box.
I fabricated a basic box and will add a removable door for the fuse box.
Dash progress is slow. I've cut out the instrument panel pieces but getting everything to fit is proving to be trickier than I bargained for. I did however find a very nice piece of matte black marine vinyl to cover the dash with
The battery tie down was also a fun little re-purposing project.
In the pile of left-overs that I didn't bin I found the foam lined collar that held together components of the HVAC box. The nice part is the clip so i separated the two halves and riveted on some alu extensions that were themselves bolted down. I'll eventually have to place the battery in a weatherproof box but this works for now.
Greetings lemans75, Since there is no privet messaging on this site, I guess that this is the only way that I can contact you. I live in central New York and I would like to ask you about shipping. I would greatly appreciate your contacting me at Leoh@sunyocc.edu