The Build - part 5
It's now August and quite a while since the last update, but progress has been made; The brakes are functional, and I have new, long-travel, shocks. The number plates, windscreen, wipers,mirrors and radiator grill are all fitted.
part was the windscreen. The build manual says this is at least a 2 person
job, but I managed it on my own. The main thing is to get the correct gap
all the way round between the glass and the shell - I used blocks to support
the glass in the hole and used a 7mm drill bit to measure around the edges.
Then lubricate the seal/filler strip - washing-up liquid is suggested, but I used aerosol silicone grease. I'd recommend using a proper fitting tool.
A very short
update for 11/08/04: It's legal! Taxed and tested today.
It was a bit of a struggle, but the Dakar was just ready in time for the Club Trip to Llanerchindda Farm near Llandovery.
Apart from the minor job of fitting a new starter motor, the first real trip had highlighted a few things to sort out:
1 - A high-lift
jack is really useful!
2 - Rear spring-clamps are a neccessity before any more serious off-roading takes place.
3 - Proper recovery/towing points are needed (rather than the old fuel tank bracket!).
4 - Side steps will not only afford sill protection, but will make it much easier to get in when parked on a side-slope.
5 - I really need a roof!
The next step
was, erm, a pair of steps!
The step itself is a piece of "uni-strut" - a galvanised heavy duty C channel which captive nuts can just be slotted into. A bolt passes through the sill tube, through the middle of the stand-off bracket and into the captive nut - easy (although it did take most of a day to make the 4 stand-off brackets!!)