Progress despite the Pain !
|Engine back in at last|
|Engine mated to gearboc|
|Video of engine installation|
|Video of engine installation|
|Side brackets supporting rear dampers|
|Studs not coming through drum|
|Chamfering edges of holes|
|Machining the hub|
|Brake cyl problem|
|Where it is too high|
|Measuring the brake issues|
|Fuel pumps connected up|
|Brake and clutch linkage|
|Electronic brake light switch|
And whenever time permitted, Steve was doing the wiring. We have had numerous time consuming dramas with the supplier sending the wrong parts, but finally we had most of what we needed. We have moved all the main wiring inside the cabin, instead of being exposed in the engine bay
|Wiring inside cabin|
|Wiring & parcel shelf in place|
|RIP's sun top|
Business owner Dave Godwin's MGA has been all over the world, and runs a kind of "sun top" when the weather is OK. It keeps the sun off but lets a cool breeze in. I include photos of it because it might be worth considering because it works very well, and with the new perspex front provides a lot more vision.
|Sump above chassis rails|
When under the car, it is rewarding to see that all our work and effort on the engine sump has it sitting nicely 1/2" above the lowest chassis rails - The bottom of the diff housing is now the lowest point
|Tight between engine & heat||shield|
With the engine in, we were able to connect up the two engine /
|Engine steady bars|
|Heat shield behind carbs|
|Narrow water pump pulley|
|New heater hose blanking|
|Original heater hose blank|
acquired it, however the hot water feed for a heater comes off the water pump casting. When received, this was blanked off just by a piece of rubber pipe which then had a bolt stuck down the end of it - Not the best engineering solution ! So Steve has tapped a proper fitting into the water pump which is guaranteed not to fall out or come loose !!
Meanwhile the new windscreen has been taken up to Maxitint in Pimpama, to have Clearplex protection added to it, and should be ready in a week or so This material is for stone protection and can apparently withstand fairly major impacts from passing projectiles, and means we don't need to wory about broken windscreens or carrying "temporary" windscreens. I used similar material previously on my cars that I took up to the Arctic, and it worked very well, and means we have one less thing to worry about.
|Garmin Montana GPS|
|Garmin inReach Explorer|
Also in Johnny A they have an interesting unit called an In-Reach Explorer. This is also a
communication unit and for a monthly subscription of $119 you can send unlimited texts, emails etc and position data, so might be one way of keeping our followers updated as we cross the Gobi ? Once again, a bit of research needed, but looks interesting !
After my visit to Johnny Appleseed, it was back down to the GC and the car. With conversations ongoing about the front brake problems, I took some measurements of the brake shoe thickness to send to the UK supplier. We will have to see what they come up with as a solution to this issue.
|Switches on dashboard|
|Key too close to steering wheel|
The original prop shaft was a monster - About 3 inches in diameter. When we came to refit it through the transmission tunnel, it fouled the hand brake mechanism because now we have changed from a spiral bevel diff to a hypoid one, the shaft exits the diff lower. I therefore had to take the prop shaft down to John at Gibbs Trucks down at
|Not much room in prop shaft tunnel|
|Alternator needs bracket adjustment|
|New brake switch|
|Bolt size marked on sump|
As I will be away next week for 4 days down at Mt Panorama in the Lotus, we have decided to leave the car at CCC until I get back next week. The delays we have encountered on the brakes in particular as well as in several other areas has meant we have not got the body work to the stage I need in order to be able to prepare it for painting. So hopefully Steve and Andrew can get
|Where we would have to grind brake shoes|
Rest of the photos are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/2YWyzPK1U1oUXPg82