Ashton comes for a visit and goes for a drive !
|Front ducting complete|
Started off by getting the front ducting completed. With brackets to support the side-scoops for the carbs on the left and the cabin fresh air intake on the right, and pinch weld on all the exposed edges, not only was the whole structure a lot more rigid, but also any sharp edges were covered and it looked a lot more "complete". Very pleased with how it has turned out.
|Brakes head off for radius grind|
he had driven it recently, and suggested I got the shoes radius ground. So I jacked the car up, removed the wheels, and drums, and worked the shoes loose. I hate drum brakes with their strong springs - I always fear they will fly off in an unexpected directed, and as a result also wear good quality gloves. In this case, all went ok, I still have all my fingers, and I set off to see Wayne at Better Brakes. Upon inspection, he agreed that the shoes needed to be ground down so they fitted against the drums better if they were to work efficiently. However he didn't want to take too much material off the shoes as they are not exactly thick in the first place. So after a quick radius grind, I set off back home to refit the shoes and drums. With my fingers surviving yet again, all was completed and the car was back on its wheels.
|Maybe front wiring will fit here ?|
|Front wiring installed|
|Front sidelights working|
|Daryl & Ashton working on grill|
The original grill was fairly damaged in past accidents, and not only did it not fit properly, but it also had to be fitted to the front shroud before installing the shroud - In other words, once the shroud was fitted, access to the front of the radiator and the new alloy ducting system would be impossible. So we had come up with the idea of making a new front grill that could be easily removed from the outside. Ashton and I had agreed that the Jaguar style wire mesh was both suitable and attractive, so we had bought some from overseas as it is hard to buy in small pieces in
|Daryl literally donated his blood !|
|Making brackets to mount the grill|
shroud. After a trip to the bolt shop, we bought some long threaded bolts which were cut down to the required length, and fitted to the brackets with the threaded end sticking outwards. These were going to work as pins with the grill mesh sliding over them, and then pinning the mesh in place using wing nuts, making it very quick and easy to remove. Very pleased with the way this has worked out, and how simple and quick it will be to remove the mesh if required - Ease of access to all parts of the car is so important on an event like this, and this is a good one.
|The finished grill|
|Bonnet in "running open" position|
of new items we had fitted, and
|Bonnet pins in place|
|Anti-rattle tape fitted to bulkhead|
|Radiator ducting in paint shop|
|Radiator ducting in place|
|Rally plates on spare wheel cover ?|
Another issue we are discussing is where to fit the P2P Rally Plates which we will be given later. Some cars have them on the bumper, some just fit them directly to the bodywork, but I thought this one was quite novel - This Porsche in the 2016 event just fitted it to its spare wheel cover. Since we will be carrying a similar spare tyre with a cover in a similar position, it might be a good option !
|Ashton goes for a drive in the sunset|
|Ashton makes sure clutch is working properly|
On the Friday night we had a few people over for a BBQ to discuss the car and Peking to Paris in particular. Fellow participants John and Marian Crighton, mechanic Steve Ward and his wife Jody, friend Dean who looks after my 4 WD, and of course Daryl and Ashton, all had a great evening swapping tales and adventures. It is times like this when these kind of adventures really come alive !
Early the next morning we were at Bunnings shortly after it opened (6.30 am !) and then Supercheap to buy hoses and fitting to make an engine catch tank for the breather, and a number of other items for things we were all working on. Getting a larger size pinch weld made the grill much better, and buttterfly nuts were now fitted to the grill clips. Ashton completed the engine breather tube which was difficult due to its difficult location for undoing the bolts - Which additionally had an intermediate sized head that none of my spanners fitted ! Shortly afterwards he had to leave to return to Sydney, and after I got back from the airport, Daryl and I spent time on a few other jobs, including fitting the Austin Healey badge to the front of the shroud, before Daryl too had to leave to go home after donating 2 days of his time to our P2P project.
|Access panel to floor storage|
|New rear indicators ready to install|
While I cannot yet fit the indicators until the rear "bumper" is fitted, I wanted to make sure all the rear lights and indicators were working and ready to quickly fit. So I used my newly purchased circuit tester to ensure that the new indicator units were working correctly. This done, all the front and rear lights and indicators are now working, so as soon as the bodywork is completed, we can quickly fit them.
|Broken end of speedo cable|
|New engine breather pipe|
|Engine breather pipe installed|
|Some of the toys in Andrew's workshop|
belongs to a fibreglass business next door, and it is a veritable treasure trove of miniature vehicles - VW vans, Herbie, Pontiac Firebirds, and many more ! Plenty to look at while he was cutting and welding my breather pipe !
Once back home, I still have some Healey engine paint, so I was able to paint the new pipe the correct colour before installing it. I then fabricate a small alloy bracket to support the rubber pipe and small breather.
|Finally get the alternator bracket|
In the meantime, I have the new bushings for the rear bumber spring leafs on order, and as soon as these arrive we can fit up the rear bumper, number plate and light, and new rear indicators.
|Matting cut to size|
We are getting closer to having a complete car !
Rest of the photos for this week are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/7QkocVraNtZVgX8r1