Monday, 3 February 2014

Delivery day

Well today was a day filled with a lot differing of emotions, some expected and others not so:
  • Excitement - the car was due today
  • Elation - it arrived
  • Disappointment - my wheels are different, the stickers didn't look right
  • Frustration - where's my build manual so I can check what I'm supposed to have?
  • Irritation - where's my hood, doors, petrol pump, harnesses, seats?
  • Realisation - that what everyone had mentioned on the forums in terms of missing parts was correct and just part of the 'experience'
All in all it was a very exciting morning... I tidied up the final bits in the garage to get everything in order, and I even mopped the floor! Hung around for an hour or so wondering when it'll arrive, and decided to put a call into Caterham to see when Ian (the delivery guy) was due, and as the call got connected low and behold the Caterham van drives down the road.

I've made a time lapse video of the unloading which can be watched below:-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TZRjuVVaC4



I'll be adding pictures and my progress later on today..
So it's later on, and here are some of the pics...

Ian's Caterham delivery van
Ian's Caterham delivery van

The first sight of my R500!
The first sight of my R500!

Being unloaded via trolley and winch
Being unloaded via trolley and winch

Rear view of the unloading
Rear view of the unloading

In place initially resting on the wheels
In place initially resting on the wheels

Then gets lifted onto the axle stands
Then gets lifted onto the axle stands

The R500 Stack Dash
The R500 Stack Dash

Petrol Tank keys - shame the fuel pump is missing..!
Petrol Tank keys - shame the fuel pump is missing..!  Along with the hood, doors, build manual to name a few
mmm, lovely carbon bits..
mmm, lovely carbon bits..
There should be 263bhp right there... Well I hope it's the R500 engine!
There should be 263bhp right there... Well I hope it's the R500 engine!

DO NOT DROP IT WHATEVER YOU DO!
DO NOT DROP IT WHATEVER YOU DO!

A job well done - let's hope I can say that about the build in a couple of months time..!
A job well done - let's hope I can say that about the build in a couple of months time..!

Hmmm, these aren't the wheels I ordered...
Turns out they are now the 'new style' wheels, but still not the ones I ordered or want.  No one even told me the wheels would be any different until they were unloaded - so I've left it to caterham to sort it out and get me the 8 spoke anthracite finished wheels normally associated with the R500D.

The carbon seats from the 620R.  It took me a hell of a lot of effort to get these, and then I got a call later on in the day from Tony from parts who said I'd actually received 'pre-production prototypes' even though they were bagged with 'Wright' and an order number on the outside of the bag -  my guess is they were for another customer.  Anyway let's put it this way they were collected pretty sharpish, about 6 hours from delivery in fact.  So now I'm left without seats or harnesses, but as they're not needed for a few weeks I can wait...
This is all the boxes you get - less than I thought, even excluding all the missing items.
This is all the boxes you get - less than I thought there'd be - even excluding all the missing items.

Track Day Roll Bar
Track Day Roll Bar

Radiator
Radiator

Rear Brake Discs
Rear Brake Discs

Heater
Heater

Front uprights with discs, callipers and pads
Front uprights with discs, callipers and pads

Inside the suspension box
Inside the suspension box

Cooling hoses and fan mount
Cooling hoses and fan mount

Lighting parts
Lighting parts

Dry Sump Tank and pipes
Dry Sump Tank and pipes

LSD
LSD

All sorts of bits in this box, exhausts, prop shaft, cycle wing holders the list goes on and on

Weather gear (minus hood), tunnel cover, carpets and floor mats




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