Time to see if the wiring is OK !!
|The wiring loom on my table|
Wiring in finished car is not the most exciting thing - It doesn't make any nice noises, or do anything visually very obvious, yet it is probbly one of the most important items on the car - Without it, and unless it is working perfectly, you are going no where ! And so now, with Gidget's wiring, this is not the most exciting thing to work on, to write about, or even to read about. But it remains so very important, and therefore I shall persevere - As hope all readers will also !!
|Only 2 fuses in a Healey !|
|Original brittle, faded wires included in newer loom|
We decided on a new loom - But then found out that it was a 2-3 month lead time before they could even start to make one for us, so our mind was made up - We will work with what we have. So I started to read about auto-wiring, and connectors, and switches, and all the other aspects of auto-electrics. I talked to people - the guys at CCC, Healey Club people at Healey gatherings, electricians - Anyone who had an opinion on things eletric. In the meantime the starter had been refurbished and checked over by Nerang Auto Electrical, I had bought a new 65 Amp Bosch alternator to replace the indeterminate age Lucas one, a new coil purchased (with a spare for the trip). Which are the best wiring connectors, bullet or spade ? Soldering. How do I best waterproof them ? I printed out Healey wiring diagrams and tried to study them. What size / colour wire ? I read copiously about (Lucas) wiring protocol for 1950's British vehicles - This is not a simple subject for me !
|Everything laid out again|
|Refurbished flasher relay unit|
|Andrew on his English Wheel|
|Exhaust route and jack point|
|New damper surround|
As always, things just take longer as you near the end, and after hoping to be there last week, we are now, as I write this, just about there, and I expect the car to be in for painting this Monday, so we can then start putting everything back together. I am away in Victoria for Targa High Country around Mt Buller - Ashton and I are
|Inner guard tied to outer sill|
|Rear boot shroud|
We have turned the corner and are proceeding at full speed - I still intend to have the car running by Christmas ! Back to more exciting subjects shortly !
Rest of the pics are here. https://photos.app.goo.gl/UlWGTSj8mGhAJmnz2