May 2011

May 1 - 5, 2011

Ground all the floor panels using grinder with wire wheel. Came out very clean with some minor rust through in foot wells. The seat floor sections are as good as new.

Made templates for new sheet metal panels to be installed in the foot wells after treatment with rust coating.

Sent seats out to local upholstery shop for custom refit. “Chicks Upholstery" in Marshfield Ma.

May 8, 2011

Painted floors with “Rust-Bullet” primer, 2 coats. This should be good stuff at $50 per quart. Need to wait 24 hours before applying finish coat.

Ordered new wiring harness. Decided that I did not want to mess with a 42 year old wiring design that was not very well designed from the get go. Ordered the wiring from “Advance Auto-Wire”. This is a relay based system so that all loads are switched by relay contacts. This way the switches themselves only have to carry the current of the relay coil. I believe that most of these vintage British cars had electrical problems due to the switches making and breaking the full current of the loads. Very poor design – but inexpensive.

May 9, 2011

Coated primer with Rust Bullet “Black Shell” (also $50 per quart) then laid fiber glass sheets in both foot wells and applied a second finish coat of Black Shell.

May 10, 2011

Installed the sheet metal inserts in the foot wells after finishing with the black shell. Had these made at a local sheet metal shop.

Driver's side is flat, cut to fit, 16 ga. Galv. Sheet metal bolted to well.

Passenger side is molded to fit, .025 ga. Aluminum sheet, bolted and pop riveted to well.

Both sheets had silicon beads between sheets and wells.

Finished up nicely – should be good for another 40 years.

May 15, 2011

Pulled Dash board sections and Crash pad.

Sent out crash pad and dash trim pieces for new upholstery. Need all new switches and clean up of all gauges.

May 19 - 21, 2011

Cleaned gauges, painted bezels.

Received new transmission cover. Nice thermoset molded plastic. Lined this with “Reflectix” insulation. Should help with keeping interior heat down.

The original battery box had some corrosion in bottom so I cut the bottom out and installed a new, metal, battery box. Bolted it in, painted it red and sealed it with silicon.

May 21, 2011

Sanded down the 3 dash pieces, did some minor repairs and then applied a new “Bond-IT” brand iron on, Red oak veneer.

Made Cut outs as required for all components. Came out pretty good. Ordered new 1/8 inch stencils for various switches. Will apply stencils and several coats of Poly to finish.