What my car should look like when finished - Stoneleigh 2015

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Body On!!!!! (and off again)

Since I had a visit from my cousin and his sons, I decided it would be a good idea to try the bodyshell on the chassis so I could identify where the engine wiring loom would go through the bulkhead, and where the fuel hoses would have clearance going into the boot.

I almost forgot to drill a clearance hole for the gear lever, but my cousin Michael spotted it prior to the lift!  After a quick measure (and double check) I drilled a 40mm hole.  I will open this out once the exact position is known.

After a quick release of the radiator to give plenty of clearance, we managed to lift the shell off the wooden frame and lower it onto the chassis.  The bodyshell was a tight fit on the rear lower body mounts.  The shell did go down with a bit of persuasion, but I will chamfer the edges of the mounts and thin them a bit to allow easier fitment the next time.

I admired it for a while, trying to ignore the wheels, and then I marked the fuel pressure regulator position and the rear chassis brace for the wiring loom and fuel hoses respectively.

Once this was done, we then lifted the bodyshell off again....

I now have to concentrate on the bodyshell to enable me to finally fit it.  Watch this space!

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