|Fitted the front grille, though I'm going to have to do it again with some longer bolts. I've used stainless-steel 3mm x 10mm socket button head bolts. They need to be 15mm long though. They are just visible in this picture.|
I'm going to fit a rear diffuser on the back of the car. The main reason for doing this is to cover holes, to be cut in the covered area, to enable better access to the rear lights and electrics. This will also extend down, as per the red lines, to the chassis and fix help mount the rear bodywork more rigidly.
I know the one in the picture is offset. I was just using this rough MDF template to get an idea of what it would look like and the measurements required.
|Need to replace the dash with something better. Ideally I'd like to use carbon fibre sheet but it's expensive! As shown the dash needs to be 100cm wide and 22cm deep but I could extend it by 18cm on each side to fill in the arc above the sidepods.|
|I need a rear fog light for SVA. This Ring RL014 light off of eBay should do the trick and has a dual mount to ensure it is level. It has to be at least 250mm from the ground.|
|Received the vinyl graphics for my car today.|
Picked up some bolts and nut covers from Suffolk Fasteners . Ordered an exhaust tailpipe from my local Wilco store.
|My foglight arrived. I've drilled a 5mm hole, which will mark the centre of the 52mm diameter hole for my proper foglight. I've used this hole to (nearly) flush mount the foglight and a similar hole close by to pass the power cable through. Used the odd washer to ensure it is vertical. I had to locate this here, to ensure it is high enough off the ground. It looks ugly but it is legal.|
Also carefully marked the centre line of the car to ensure the vinyl stripe is correctly placed.
Ordered my Schroth harnesses in blue and some wing mirrors from eBay.
My wing mirrors arrived. An impulsive eBay purchase and not the ones I had originally planned to use. These are from a Suzuki GSXR1000 K2 are in very good condition. They seemed perfect at £20 delivered. Also picked up my exhaust tailpipe.
It's a sad day today . The Kitcar Workshop and Fisher Sportscars are up for sale. Martin Bell is retiring from the kitcar business on health grounds.
A quick test to see what my blue vinyl stripe looks like. It's in four parts to go down the length of the car. |
I've decided to leave these off of the car until post SVA because:
|Since I'm struggling to find seats that fit me and the car, I thought I'd had a look at making some home made ones. This recaro seat is my inspiration and it is a fairly basic looking shape. It just so happens that I have some foam with just the right shape to copy the foam seat pad and I've got some black leather effect vinyl to cover it, if it turns out as being good enough for SVA.|
|Spent 30 minutes building my first attempt, using some 6mm MDF, some odd bits of wood and a jigsaw. It's remarkably light and very robust. It fits me perfectly but, it is a bit of a squeeze to get in the car and it will be in the way of the lower harness mountings.|
|Spent a bit more time thinking. The seat back is almost parallel with the rear bulkhead panel but 10-11cm further forward. The seat base is 30cm deep and 15cm from the chassis rail. As the cockpit is fairly narrow anyway, the seat sides are pretty much redundant (until you get on a track of course).|
With more simplicity and lighter weight in mind, I found that a cardboard box acheives pretty much the same effect as the seat and and is actually more comfortable .
So the plan is to create something that achieves the same effect, is simpler, lighter, better looking and if I have my way, fully adjustable fore and aft.
Second attempt, with room around the sides and channels underneath for the 6-point harness. The way I'm going to mount this allows the whole thing can be moved forward for people with shorter legs. It uses two support bars down the back which spread the weight over the rear bulkhead. There is even some storage space down behind the seat.
Next job is to add some shaped foam, to get a bit more comfort and support. I've got various pieces of differing densities and initial experimentation shows that you can have foam which is too hard.
I'll cover it with the black leather effect vinyl when finished. This should be good enough to see me through the SVA test and I can then hunt out some proper seats which fit both me and the car.
The further back they go, the closer they are to the driver and the larger the field of view. A large field of view is good, unless you are being dazzled at night. In either position the field of view is good.
One thing to bear in mind is make sure that you can adjust the mirror on the end of the stalk to get a proper view. The range of movement is fairly limited. You can also adjust the angle of the stalk to help though. Something else I did was to reverse the stalks so that the mirrors sit at a better angle. On the donor bike, they are mounted on a fairly steeply sloping piece of the fairing. The stalks are held on the the base via a bolt, which can be removed.
|The mirrors look much better when close to the front edge of the main tub. I can reach the drivers one OK, even with a harness on so I fixed them here.|
|Drilled a 3mm locator hole for the fuel filler cap. Using a hole saw, I cut out a 62mm diameter hole and the surrounding six 5mm holes for the fixing bolts. I had to cut the fuel pipe down a bit more. I can't fully fit this until the main tub is on for good.|
|Back to work on my drivers seat. Covered the base with some foam. Tried various densities and this one seemed most comfortable.|
|Used various grades on the seat back to get better support and comfort.|
|Covered it using black vinyl and a staple gun to fix it to the seat frame. This is good enough for the SVA test.|
|The side pod is now fixed pretty rigidly but I drilled three 5mm holes through the fillet plate and the front part of the sidepod. These can be fixed with bolts as you can gain access to the nuts from within the engine bay.|
I need to add fixings on the lower edge but, I'm going to have a look at the passenger side first.
|There is no longer any tape holding the bodywork on the car!|
|My Momo steering wheel arrived today. It's a bit smaller than the Sierra one!|
My Schroth harnesses finally arrived. Theses are 6-point fixing with 3" shoulder straps and 2" waist straps. They come with rings that bolt into the harness mounts and the belts all clip in place for easy removal. The shoulder straps are way too long, so I rolled up the excess and tie-wrapped it up.