Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Academy Car - Day Six - More Paint, Engine, Gearbox, Seats and Airbox

Dave @ Daytona has continued with paint job... Today he finished off the lines on the nose cone, and it looks nice and tidy now with no sharp edges where they shouldn't be... Another couple of clear coats have been applied to the nose cone and the scuttle too.
Nose cone band and stripes tidied up and ready for another couple of clear coats
Nose cone band and stripes tidied up and ready for another couple of clear coats
The bonnet (as well as the nose cone and scuttle) were given a wet flat back with P1500 wet and dry sandpaper and after the wet flatting the bonnet looked like this (and it's supposed to look like this after wet-flatting)
Bonnet wet flatted with P1500 wet and dry
Bonnet wet flatted with P1500 wet and dry
Then after the wet flatting, two more clear coats have gone on, and wow look at that shine!  I want Dave to stop now, as it's going to look too nice to race!  (joke!)
Two more clear coats on the bonnet for awesome shine
Two more clear coats on the bonnet for awesome shine
The bonnet (nose cone, and car) will be be treated with a final P3000? wet flatting and polish and then I can collect the bonnet, nose and chassis (hopefully) tomorrow night! 👍

Work has also started on the rear wings - they are also going to be Porsche Z12 Voodoo Blue.
Caterham GRP rear wings, prepped and ready for base coat
Caterham GRP rear wings, prepped and ready for base coat
 First coat of wash primer sprayed onto rear wings.
First coat of 1k wash primer on Caterham rear wings
First coat of 1k wash primer on Caterham rear wings
With the anticipation of the car coming to the end of the painting process and ready for building in the next day or two, I decided to put a few more things together that I could whilst the car isn't with me.  The gearbox was bolted to the bell housing, then the bell housing to the engine.  Everything has been torqued up, but I'm waiting for the paint pen to be delivered...
Ford Sigma Engine, bell housing and gearbox are one!
Ford Sigma Engine, bell housing and gearbox are one!
The seat runners are now fitted to the Tillet seats - note the 'motivational print' - all being well that's what will be in my garage, complete in a week or so!  I can't wait to see it finished 😀
Seat runners fitted to Caterham Tillet Seats
Seat runners fitted to Caterham Tillet Seats
I've tried to give myself 'little goals' with this build, and I'm trying to get at least one cardboard box of bits put together with the box being chucked out every evening... Seems to be working out quite nicely at the moment, and the final 'box' today was the airbox parts which went together pretty easily - no instructions required, which was lucky as there aren't any!
Caterham Academy Car Airbox
Caterham Academy Car Airbox
I finished up around 11pm this evening, had a quick tidy and sort out of parts so everything for the build is in an easy to access place...  Tomorrow will hopefully be collection day, and Friday the build can commence in earnest.

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