Great thread russ. A great help to me as same model donor so fuel lines etc helping to answer many questions and similar stage of the build at present but not sure I will keep up as your making quick progress.
For the coilovers I was planning the same as Stuart had them on the demo car, did you go for adjustable dampers, not sure the extra is worth it as not sure I have the knowledge to mess around with the dampers and only planning road use.
Cheers for the Kudos. I did not get the Adjustable Damper model, as I am trying to keep costs down, plus I plan to sell it within weeks of finishing, so I can do another one to keep with all the bells and whistles. However even this one is getting a fair bit of snazzy treatment and alot of careful thought and consideration. Will post bulkhead and initial wiring tomorrow.
Started the wiring loom over the weekend. Did not fix the cable tray in, incase I needed more holes and indeed i did.
SO made a few more entry\exit holes as I do not want any cables going over the top of the frame, and currently looks like i will win. Got a hole to make to the right of the pedals for the wires that go down the right wing.
Plugged everything in to see what would happen after 4 months and to my astonishment, i got activity on the dashboard. Low fuel and battery light. I then turned the key to see if engine would click\turn over and nothing at all.
There is some humming coming from manifold area of engine.
I then noticed the main earth strap from engine not connected. I connected it (badly) to a point.
Turned the key and loud pop.
Now no activity at all on dash or anywhere and no humming.
Obviously I have blown something but fuses all look good, although the 60a ignition fuse may look a little black, but I thought it would melt and show clear daylight in the middle. I'll replace and try again and fix all earths properly.
I would appreciate if anyone knows if the humming type noise is normal, such as fuel pump or something, and also if anything else to check once I have all earths done properly as I wasn't expecting a fuse to pop just by connecting an earth strap.
it maybe the IAC (idle air control valve) that is buzzing, or the coil pack. Maybe a relay is buzzing as it is trying to close but can't due to arcing as it maybe found a bad earth path when you tried cranking without the earth strap on engine.
Just fixed a constant buzzing that was the AICV as Stu says. However if your buzzing stopped after the PING I'd go for the earth/relay scenario Stu already said. AICV sounded like it was coming from the K&N cone but that's dues to resonance and the K&N acting as an amplified speaker mate.
I doubled down yesterday and went to work on all my earth points, with all the info I could glean from the forum. Still wouldn't even light up a light on the dash or make a click anywhere. My multimeter confirmed no fuses had gone, even the 60a ignition fuse that I thought had popped, was still good.
I was just about to pack it in for the night, when I noticed another darn earth. Its the one on the negative battery lead about 12 inches from the battery terminal\end. DOH!
Attached it, and it all burst into life.
I cannot explain why i had activity a few days ago, unless that earth point happened to be touching, but I doubt it. I cannot explain the loud pop either.
So it still stands that over 90% of issues are down to earths.lol. Now on to stripping a bit more wire out...what could possibly go wrong!
Have you also checked that the PPF has got its own dedicated good earth connection near the diff? A couple of decades of British winters often means they have corroded and broken off - so could easily be missed.
Thank you, yes indeed it had broken off, but i secured another ring connector and it was one of the few earths that was initially good. Anyway, its all totally working now, so more wire to strip out cheers