A week in which we take 3 steps backwards, but 7 steps forwards, and finally another step backwards.
351 days to go
|Broken windscreen pin|
have liked a rest, I
put Bernard to work in the garage with me, so he had a busy last few days in Australia !
|Old vs broken vs new|
|Making up new clips|
|Made vs bought|
lowered into its "racing" position. These have a little metal eye piece which clips over a pin to hold it in place - But the eye piece has no finger hold so is almost impossible to hold and pull the spring with one's fingers, especially if they are arthritic like mine ! So I got some alloy and made up a couple of units with a curved end which makes pulling them into position so much easier.
|Original vs new lens|
|Original vs new light housing|
tyres, so we had ordered some units off a later Healey which protrude more out front with the glass, but are correspondingly shorter on the back side. Once these were fitted, no more issues with the tyre rubbing on the wiring - Its close, but not rubbing.
|New wing mirrors|
A parcel arrived this week from the UK with our new and larger wing mirrors. The only wing mirror on our car was on the pax LH side, and was American, and didn't really work too well, so Ashton had ordered these larger units from the UK, and they will work well, as well as having a large enough base to cover all the many holes made by people fitting all sorts of different mirrors !
|Spring on wiper|
|Double sided tape on trim|
|Trim in place|
|Idea for spare wheel strap|
|Rear boot rack|
|Suction pads on boot rack|
|Bending the boot rack to fit boot|
|Weighing the skid plate|
|Sump shield on skid plate|
|Wheel alignment at Action Tyres|
|Alignment in progress|
And the rear suspension was as amazing - Total toe of -0.4 mm, and camber of 0.7 deg on either side, and basically the solid rear axle was absolutely true and straight. I was happy with the results.
While driving home, I was reminded yet again that the car was jumping out of 5th gear when under load - NOT GOOD ! I spoke with Steve at Classic Car and we agreed that the following Monday he would be able to work on the car and get the gearbox out so I could take it back to Nerang Gearbox & Differential for them to work on it - Yet again ! Grrrrr. If you remember, the original issue was that the gearbox was jumping out of 5th, and we had already taken the gearbox back to them once when after the first rebuild it wouldn't change gear at all, so this was the 3rd time - Not good.
|Trying out the spotlights|
|New brake fluid reservoir fitted|
An earlier disaster was that the original brake fluid reservoir that I had thought was in good condition in fact turned out to have a small leak, and a dribble of brake fluid had run down the inside of the engine bay, bubbling the paint as it went, and ruining our previously pristine engine bay. We had ordered a new reservoir and I now fitted it, after carefully removing all the fluid from the existing reservoir with a syringe. Once all renewed, it appears that the leak has now been fixed - Albeit too late to save our paint.
Last week we found the bonnet fouled the new radiator and wouldn't shut properly, so we decided to
|Bonnet stay fitted to boot|
Time to look at storage of parts. Many of the small and more fragile parts will need to be stored in plastic boxes, and to find suitably sized boxes I set of to Howard's Storage. Luckily they were having a sale and we found some great boxes at 1/2 price, so took a few home to start experimenting.
|Working on boot storage options|
And thinking of oils and other fluids in the deep well at the side of the boot - Just got to find a way to stop them jumping around on bumpy roads.
|Gearbox delivered for repair|
|Fuel leak from around fuel tank sender|
|Monit sensor fitted|
|Tow strap fitting|
|New bump stop|
|Cutting front guard|
|Sliver cut out of guard|
I picked up the gearbox after two days, and we hoped that all was well. They said there was no obvious fault, so it was possibly just general wear, and since the box is some 45 or more years old itself (5 speed early Celica box) this is possible. To hopefully resolve the problem they had therefore fitted new 5th gears and hoped this would work. Steve managed to get the gearbox back in by the time I got to the workshop, and then we started refitting all the interior. Once the switches were all in, we started the engine and ran it against the hand brake to try to similate load on the box - And it didn't jump out of 5th !! We will find out for sure once we get the car on the road tomorrow.
|Monit & oil temp gauge mounted|
|Engine bay light fitted|
While we are waiting on Andrew to bring back the front bumper brackets, we re-fitted the driver's seat, and once those bolts were in place, we fitted the base for the RH under floor storage unit. Since this will hopefully be the last time we have to touch these, we applied a bead of silicone all the way around the plate which will hopefully make the boxes quite waterproof, and tightened them up.
|Roof in place|
|Fitting up the roof|
|Rear grease nipple fitted|
|On the weigh scales|
support the spare wheel, the
open ended tubes were a bit ugly and ripe for corrosion, so I installed plastic end caps to close off the tubing to the elements. We then got the car up onto weigh scales, and after spending some time trying to work out how to operate them, finally came up with the corner weights as follows :-
|Corner & total weights|
RL - 271 kg. RR - 259.5 kg, so 11.5 kg difference, which once the battery is accounted for, makes the rear weights very similar as well. So very even corner weighting, all things considered.
A total weight of 1030 kg, with a full tank of fuel, but with the 15.7 kg skidplate still to be added, so 1046 kg total. This compares with the original factory weight of 987 kg, although this is not specified whether it is wet or dry.
|Top of gearbox removed|
|Torn gearbox seal|
we eventually determined that the oil leak was coming from the top of the 'box, and once we had the interior apart again, we found it was a rubber seal on the top which has been overtightened by the gearbox people, and had subsequently split, allowing oil to flow out. This rubber seal was brand new - I had purchased it and fitted it prior to the recent rebuild by the gearbox place. Is this gearbox saga never to end ???
The rubber used in the seal is a kind of Viton or Buna N rubber which is not damaged by exposure to oil, and this rubber is surprisingly hard to find. After a number of phone calls we finally located some in Sydney, and they are being couriered to us overnight.
The car is complete and ready to roll - Once we have this gearbox issue sorted..............