Saturday, February 24, 2007

Not my choice of colour but

This is a door card taken from my spare TR7.

I am going to swap it into BRP along with it's mate and cover the speaker holes with pencil cases (!) to form storage space.

I don't really like this colour door card but I do feel OK about screwing map lights etc to them in a rally car.

The ones out of BRP are in better condition and red tartan - I will be saving those to put in the spare TR7 if it ever goes back on the road as a more civilised car.

These fitted fine and along the way I was able to replace the modern courtesy/map reading light with one of the correct ones - very satisfying.

Then it was on to tracing and rectifying the fault on the reversing lamps - a wire had been trapped and split on the gearbox - probably with the engine swapping shennanigans.

Finally, preparation for a shopping trip for lots of bits and pieces, fuses, wiring bits, blanking grommets and braided steel petrol pipe. No big bits but all necessary and together contribute to reliability and or safety - but no doubt there won't be much change out of £50.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Interior switch panel re-think

Thanks to my daughter's partner who made up a new switch panel I have some alternatives.

We are going to need to keep re-working this but I reckon the oil pressure/temp gauge can go in here along with the cut out switch and later on the pull switch for an extinguisher system.

It's all about taking my time to make this neat and correct - not something I am usually good at!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

I am confused

When I put the Sprint engine in I also fitted a Pacet electric fan.

OK so far. I wired it up according to the wiring diagram but my friendly autoelectrician pointed out it needed an earth. Well it didn't say so in the instructions (I thought it must earth through the thermostat switch mounted to the car body) but sure enough connecting an earth got it working.

I could follow that the fan was "live" all the time but only came on when the thermostat "switched on" the earth.

Now, I thought it would be good to have a tell tale light in the car to show when the fan was on so I put it all in but now find that the light is on permanently with the fan off and goes off when the fan is on! This is far too difficult for me to work out.