So, the hottest October on record for southern Ontario which means back into the garage. There are a lot of things happening all at once on the build now and I had hoped that we could get it started before October, however no exhaust leads to noise complaints from the neighbors (well, more noise complaints from the neighbors).
The exhaust bits to complete the side-exit system are now on order with Performance Improvements and with any luck we might hear that 347ci come to life early spring.
Electrics nearing completion:
A nice simple wiring diagram. Sure……
Above you can see the wiring terminal installed near the center of the dash. The idea here is that all of the wires required to plug into the dashboard itself (removable) will enter into the front of this terminal, while all of the wiring leading to the rest of the car from the dash exits out of the rear of the terminal. This should make it easier to remove the dash for servicing as well as chase any potential electrical gremlins as everything will be clearly referenced.
Here’s a top down shot in the passengers foot well box. This will be the central location for all relays, diodes and fuses in the car. A service panel has been added to the top of the box for easy access should we blow a fuse or need to replace a relay.
Here are all of the wires in the process of being connected. Once you account for lights, indicators, fans, fan controller, starter, AC unit, EFI unit and so on, the amount of wiring that needs to be wrapped and made neat becomes pretty substantial.
Another shot of the wiring that will be contained in the passenger footbox, as well as the new sheetmetal to complete the top of the firewall.
Hood and latch assembly:
Getting the hood on for the first time was a really satisfying piece of work. Lots of measuring and nudging things here and there to get the hood aligned – but being able to see the car with it’s skin fully on for the first time is a great motivator.
Something stolen from my time on the FFR forums, I have seen a few people setup inner rollers and guides to assist in lowering and locating the sides of the hood as it’s brought down on the chassis. As per the normal process, I sent the idea to “the engineer” for implementation…..it’s a great system, for me at least :-).
Functionally it’s great, makes raising and lowering the hood with one person a snap. Lots of work to go to make it pretty (buy stocks in body-filler now folks).
Now that the hood is located, the correct positioning of the sheetmetal and radiator setup can be completed. My father informed me that this was probably the hardest thing he’s done on the car to date as it involved sealing the sheetmetal against the underside of the hood opening in the fiberglass. I have to say, for being such a tough job, the results are fantastic.
Part of keeping this car in the vision of “more GT, less track machine” was to add some things that are completely non-standard in the Factory Five kit. For the stock setup, there are plexiglass slider arrangements that my father and I both agreed didn’t really look right on the street and functionally were not as good as a full roll down windows. The only issue with this is HOW TO DO IT. I handed this one to the engineer, and he’s still scratching his head. Not only do you need a place for the window to go in the door, but you need to figure out a way to reliably raise and lower it in a custom build track…….not an easy task.
The idea we THINK we have landed on is a ‘pull-strap’ drop down window. A winding mechanism was batted around for a bit, but the complexity/weight and possibility of rattling inside the doorframe pretty much put it out of the running.
Door dismantling has already begun to make room for the windows.
A great connection I made through Speed Academy is Dan Pye and his company Augment Wheels. Dan is a great guy, drove out from Mississauga to see the build and start providing feedback as well as new ideas on what we can do for a custom wheel design on our Type-65. I will have much more on this process in the coming months, super excited to be exploring custom wheels.
Dan had a great line – that we “all share this insane sickness” when it comes to cars and car builds. Here’s a bit on Dan’s awesome 911 project, pretty insane, and Dan if you’re reading I will be pestering non-stop for a ride once it’s done:
Quick update video:
Again, last but not least – here’s a quick walk around video from Thanksgiving weekend in Canada (yes, Canada has thanksgiving). I mention the roll-down window idea that has since been ditched for the pull-strap idea….it might change again, who knows??