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Cockpit Panelling – Part 2
Eventually I had made cardboard templates for the five panels I would need.





The next step was to start cutting them out.



In order to fit the panels, some panel beating was required so the flat ally would match the curved surfaces.

Starting point.



Some work in progress along the top edge of this panel.



This was a slow process as there was some also some alloy trimming required.



But eventually, things were starting to take shape.



Leaving the rear cockpit wall panel looking like this.



I had already ordered a load of these Torx screws to fix the alloy panels to the plywood cockpit walls.



In addition to the panelling, I also need to make access panels for the bolts holding the two side mirrors in place.







End of Part 2…
 

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Cockpit Panelling – Part 3
There was just one small job to do before the panels were finally fitted.

As I had found a small amount of gas sloshing around inside the float from the fuel gauge sender.
( When I was checking my fuelling problem. )



I ordered and fitted this new replacement float.



Before added a lick of paint to the area between the cockpit wall and the gas tank.



In order to fix the panels in place I had to use three different bits for my drill.



One to drill the hole in the alloy, one to drill a pilot hole in the plywood wall & one to fix the screw in place.

At some points, I was having to fix one screw at a time using all three bits as I hammered the panels before fitting.

So, I’ll spare you the highly repetitive nature of this work and cut to the chase…

I have extra screws matching the ones used on the rear wall access panel "somewhere", but can’t find them.

Rather than waste any time now, I simply 'borrowed' four from the rear panel to fit the side mirror bolt covers.





Which left some gaps in the rear panel that I will fix in the next few days when I track down the missing screws.

However, you can still get a pretty good idea of how it will look in the end.



Plus, here are the side panels.





Finally, some wider-angle shots.





I must confess that this has worked out much better than I ever could have expected. :cool:
 

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With one thing, or another, my car has been off the road for most of June.

So, I’ll end this round of updates with some photos from previous months…

April
The weather ranged from hailstones one day…



To warm enough to wear just a light jumper/sweater for a morning drive another.



Note:
Whilst I am not really part of the Selfie generation, I did pull over and park to take the one above.

In fact, this was where I parked.





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May
Got caught in a sudden rain shower one day…



Which left me parked under a tree in order to get some shelter before heading home.



Another shopping trip.



Lots of building work going on around Wembley Stadium.



This ‘drone’ view was taken by hanging out of a first-floor window.



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Car Parks
I still enjoy parking my car next to ‘normal’ ones.





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That’s all for now, so until next time, take care, Paul. :)
 

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Happy Independence Day!
Just a flying visit to wish you all (or is that y’all? ;)) a great 4th July. :cool:

Since my last update, the seats and seat belts are now back in.





And I found just enough screws to complete the rear access panel.



So, I’m now back on the road and enjoying the sunshine.







Cheers, Paul. :)
 

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Triumph Swordfish 1500

Summer Lovin’
Saturday, 31st August 2019 marked three years and just over 4,000 miles since I first got on the road.

So, as the days of driving wearing shorts and a T-shirt draw to a close, here is a belated catch up…

Meeting an old friend for lunch.



Spotted this GTO inspired kit, based on Mazda MX5/Miata.



I do like tree covered lanes.





And fields.





Stopped to help a very nice Mustang that had overheated on the UK’s record-breaking hottest day.



Filling up.
( As a guide, a USA sized gallon of gas costs approximately $6.50! )



Classic car night at the Ace Café.



The Grove golf club.





One of the libraries of Harrow Boys School.

 

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Handbrake Gaiter – Part 1
After looking back through this thread, I realise that I started work on this back in March 2019.
https://www.ffcars.com/forums/6052846-post756.html

But it took me until July to make even a small bit of further process when I test fitted the base panel.
( While I was fitting the alloy panels to the cockpit walls . )



After a bit of trimming and hammering I was left with this.



This panel will be scuffed before final fitment, as this looks way too shiny here.



It was then early September before I restarted the process and mocked up this.



I know this mock up material looks a mess, but I just needed a pattern to mark up the leather.





Folded the two edges that will joined on the underside of the lever at the front.



Then folded the top edge and added an extra layer of leather to hold a pair of zip ties in place.



Notes:
I will be using black zip ties with fixing this to the car.
This was the ‘Take 2’ version of the second piece compared to some of the photo below.

Folded the top edge of the small connecting piece.



Then joined this to the main section on one side.



I then finished sewing the front section in (inside out).



Which now looked like this, when pulled the right way out.



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Handbrake Gaiter – Part 2
I roughly sanded the alloy panel and drilled all the holes required for the rivets.



Then drilled the matching holes in the base of the leather and riveted it all together.



This is what it looked like on the underside.



I must confess, I was feeling pretty pleased with myself as I carried this up from the Summer House to fit it.

But, as they say, Pride comes before a fall…

And the air turned blue as I realised that I had fixed the leather in the wrong way around. :banghead:



Yes, after all these years of car building, I’m still making schoolboy errors.

So, I just had to go back to square one and drill out all of the rivets.



I then discovered that I didn't have enough larger head rivets to match the ones I'd used previously.

But, by this point, I was happy to use the smaller rivets I had, as long as they worked.



Which left the gaiter looking like this when finally fitted.





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Special Effects
Someone on another forum I use, turned this photo…



Into this. :cool:

 

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2019 Goodwood Revival – Part 1
This really is a unique event where classic cars, bikes and planes are both displayed and seen in action.

Back in 2015, it managed to bring all six original Shelby Daytona Coupes together for the first time. :cool:





During the dark days of my build I held on to the dream of going to this event in a car fit for the grid.

In my case, it is the Sussex Trophy race that is closest to my car’s design.



A HUGE part of the Goodwood Revival is the fact that 90% of the crowd go in period costume.

I took my inspiration from the light blue racing overalls of the drivers at this time.



Then found some cleaner’s overalls on Ebay for just over $10.



Which I turned into my own tribute to the drivers of this era.



I ended up going as a volunteer and they have their own camp site away from the main crowds.

This was Friday morning, when lots of people were still arriving.



Dawn breaking on Sunday morning, with the moon still visible in the sky.



Here I am on duty.



And here I am on the way home on Monday morning. :D



I hope the following posts will give you a hint at the scale of this event.
 

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2019 Goodwood Revival – Part 2
Given what the bulk of this forum drive, I’ll start with some of the Cobras…

























Here is a very short clip from the race itself.


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2019 Goodwood Revival – Part 3
Aston Martin DBR1s.



Another gorgeous Aston Martin with a row of Jaguar E Types in the background.



D Types



C Type - A joy to behold.



Bentleys as far as the eye could see.



John Surtees’ Lola T70



All kinds of open wheeled racers.





Maseratis





Listers



Paddy Hopkirk and his Monte-Carlo Rally winning Mini.



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2019 Goodwood Revival – Part 4
There were Porsches of all shapes and sizes.











Plus, a similar variety of Ferraris.








There was also bike racing.







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2019 Goodwood Revival – Part 5
Here are a few more shots from trackside.







I was volunteering in the paddock with over 70 Austin J40 pedals cars.





Children raced them on Saturday and Sunday morning and the crowd really cheered them on.



They even had Jackie Stewart waving the chequered flag at the finish line on both days.



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There was a large collection of planes on the ground.



Plus several air displays, this was a Spitfire and two Mustangs.



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I’ll end this round of updates with a few videos that I took.

Goodwood Revival 2019 Videos:
Part 1 – Sights and sounds from paddocks and track, plus campsite and journey home.
Running Time 4m 53s

https://youtu.be/J6iuAJ89tHs

Part 2 – A walk around the open paddocks.
Running Time 5m 37s

https://youtu.be/pBEauVl_lRk

Part 3 – A walk around the restricted paddocks.
Running Time 8m 52s

https://youtu.be/y_pF248fYhk

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Until next time, take care, Paul. :)
 

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Paul-

Thanks for the wonderful updates! Your car looks terrific, and the gaiter adventure just adds to her history! ;-o)

Goodwood looks like the event of a lifetime! Those cars are simply extraordinary, and I really love those pedal cars! What fun for the kids, and to have J. Stewart waving the checkered is a real treat.

I really liked seeing all your pictures, and reading your update! Thanks so very much for sharing, and taking the time to show us all what you have been up to!

All the best!

Regards,

Steve
 

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WIS89 & HealeyRick – A very belated thank you gentlemen. :cool:

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I started a new job recently and things have been very hectic lately.

But in some good news, the car passed its MOT with flying colours in November.
(An annual test here in the UK to check the roadworthiness of cars.)

It has also been very wet indeed, but at least I’ve managed to get out on the odd dry (ish) day.





I quite liked this car park photo.



And just to bring things right up to date, this was taken two days ago on the top of Harrow Hill.



Where this marker is.



And here is the view towards the centre of London.



Until next time, take care and have a Merry Christmas.

Cheers, Paul. :)
 
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