Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Academy Car Build - Day Thirteen - Rear End and Interior

My last day before going back to.... gulp... work!  So the pressure was on to get as many of the fiddly/time consuming bits out of the way as possible.

First job was to fit the windscreen, and re-attach the heating connectors (which were removed prior to painting).
Windscreen fitted - looking more complete day by day
Windscreen fitted - looking more complete day by day
Yesterday I'd fitted the handbrake cable around the diff before installation, and today the handbrake was fitted, couple of notes:-

  • Fit the handbrake connector to the top of the switch
  • Use the three holes highlighted to install the handbrake, which will leave it at the lowest resting point

Caterham handbrake fixing points
Caterham handbrake fixing points
Next up was the time consuming bit... Fitting the brake lines to the De-Dion tube, then filling the diff with about 900ml oil, putting the De-Dion tube in place then fitting the De-Dion ears, bearings, installing (and shimming) the A-Frame, and then the brakes... Only thing that stopped me finishing is the rear discs are missing, so Derek Howlett has sent a set to be with me tomorrow, which means I should be able to finish most of the rear end off tomorrow evening.
De-Dion, ears, bearing, a-frame, and most of the brakes fitted to the rear end
De-Dion, ears, bearing, a-frame, and most of the brakes fitted to the rear end
And finally, getting the IVA trim attached and riveting the interior.  The IVA knee panels were drilled, IVA piping put in place, and then with about 50 rivets and a handful of self tapping screws fitted, the interior is nearly ready for the belts, and seats!
About fifty rivets used for interior panels and IVA trim fixing
About fifty rivets used for interior panels and IVA trim fixing
As mentioned above, tomorrow is back to 'work', so the next few days progress will be slower... However, I've booked the car for PBC (Post Build Check) with collection on the 12th December, so the car needs to be finished off by then.

I'm pleased with the progress now, as I was feeling a bit 'beaten' over the last couple of days, I was bordering on becoming a feral 'garage person'... The next parts are all things I'm familiar with, (aside from the final few wiring and plumbing bits), so tomorrow I'm hoping to get the rear brakes finished, boot cover fitted, harnesses attached, seats in and hopefully even the cage.

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