Lee came over to lend a hand - I had everything prepared last night so it was straight to work. We did a trial run of fitting the carbon stone chip guards and we realised they were both the same size, which on initial inspection you'd think would be right, but as the rear wings have a different leading edge it'd mean (had we fitted them) the stone chip guards would finish at different heights. After looking on the net there are some different versions of these stone chip guards, so it appears I've been sent the wrong ones - will double check this with Derek at CC tomorrow.
|Symmetrical Carbon Stone Chip Guards.
|The correct Carbon Stone Chip Guards for the R500.
|R500 radiator, rear cowling, fan and mounts - but where are the fixings?
|An energy boosting Domino's to gather our thoughts.
So on with the knee trim panels, and then the rubber piping. Some have mentioned it was quite tough to get the knee trim panels in place, I'd say more of a fiddle than tough, but both did require a little force. We found that the drivers side was a little more difficult than the passenger side, but by removing the multi-pin plug the panel slotted into place quite quickly. All of the holes needed re-drilling though - how the pre-drilled holes are that far out beats me.
|Drivers side knee trim panel in place - note multi pin plug we removed and replaced to make the task of putting the knee trim panel in much easier.
|Passenger side knee trim panel in place along with rubber piping. You'll see the blue bullet connectors I fitted to make removal of the heated windscreen as rapid and easy as possible.
|96 Rivets ready for riveting.
|The drill rivet attachment in action (you have to hold the blue chuck to make it work, but that hand was taking the pic)
|96 rivets done - in under 20 minutes and no arm pump! Awesome.
So as I finish writing todays blog post I'm left thinking I may have cut myself short time wise... The car is being picked up by CC on the 24th March (a week on monday) and I'm left with some complicated pipework to work out and fit, fill and bleed the brakes and clutch, fill the gearbox and engine with oil, fit the exhaust, seats (if they arrive), steering column plus the front cycle wings and indicators. All in six evenings and two weekends.