- part 4
The kit does
provide two brackets to support the radiator that attach to the shock absorber
upper mount, but I wasn't too keen on that idea hence my own (much more complicated!)
While the welder was still warm I also fitted a couple of anchor points for
the seatbelt buckles.
now March and I have taken some holiday with the intention of having a bit of
a blitz on the Dakar. The engine bay frame looks more sensible now that the
radiator, PAS reservoir and expansion tank are fitted. This was also the first
time it's been outside since the bodyshell was fitted, and it makes photographing
a whole lot easier.
seemed like a good time to fit the front nudge bar. It's a heavy beast but easy
to fit. I thought I may as well do the back one too. It's also very heavy but
you have to drill the chassis, so the rope over the spare is providing support.
and I'm doing the final assembly under the bonnet. The frame is painted and
now also has fittings for air horns, bonnet pins, cooling fans, wiring loom
and PAS hoses. I've undersealed all the bits of the chassis that will soon
be inaccessible, and made some minor modifications to the inner wings for
a better fit - it's getting there slowly!
May - Finally
everything under the bonnet is finished (except the windscreen washers &
radiator thermostat), so I 've fitted the bonnet.
can see in these pic's that the seats are in too.
I'm reassembling the heater unit and plumbing up the fuel system. Once these
are done, the exhaust needs completing (the manifolds are already on) and
it's ready to run.
heater assembly was in very poor shape when I took it out. It was rusty all
over, all the seals were perished and in some cases, mouldy, the matrix was
damaged & clogged up, and the fan didn't run well.
New seals & matrix, refurbed motor and a respray improved things no end.
got the heater back in place, the cooling system could be filled and the engine
was ready to run (2Mb AVI).