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I tried the engine on the HiJet today, just to see how it looked. The length wasn't a problem, which I thought it might have been, the only thing that bugs me a little is that it sits a bit low. This should be fairly easy to rectify.

Suspension sorted, I cut the links in half and extended them by 40mm, this should compensate for when the Viper is mounted to the vehicle.
Today I started fitting the LED lights which were supplied by mobilecentre.co.uk. LED's give a crisper and brighter colour as opposed to normal filament type lamps. Thanks Tim!

I need to enlarge the wheel arch's and change the profile of them a little. Things are coming together, Slowly and Surely, as Richard Burton once said.
Full set of LED lamps now attached and the engine frame has had a coat of paint. I have to say the worst paint job I have ever done, I guess it will be a sand down and repaint job when I get chance.
 
Its been bugging me for ages, so while I have had a spare bit of time I removed the Vipers bulkhead, which is a standard fitment on the engine. I think it looks a lot better and more jet engine like.

Time to pimp it up a little, and the first person I go to is Amar Dhillon of 'In Car Systems'. It seems that the HiJet is unique in the fact that the wheel studs are of an odd diameter (PCD) of 110mm, this PCD seems only to exist on quad bikes and trailers. I spent a lot of time measuring and trying various PCD108 wheels to get an idea of how big I could go, eventually I decided that 15"x6J rims would do nicely while also providing suffcient clearance. Amar kindly phoned around and found me a supplier that would make me a custom 'one off' set of alloy wheels to my specification.

 
Combined with a set of Avon 195 45 R15 tyres, I feel that they add a large improvement on appearance from the original 12inch rims and 155 80 R12 tyres.
Time to see the current weight status using the HiJet drivers manual as a reference.
 

Good news - all within limits.
440kg Spare on the total weight.
420kg Spare on the rear axle.
260kg Spare on the front axle.
This means that adding the battery's and fuel tank is not going to put me over the legal weight limit.

This is the template for the fuel tank which is made from 1" thick insulation sheet. I want to keep the top side of the HiJet free from bits and pieces if possible so its going to be mounted underneath starboard side. Doing this does mean that the tank size is restricted to about 6 gallons, not ideal, but enough for at least one good run at a time.
In cab control battery packs fitted on the left side of the chassis next to the Hi Jet's battery. These are 2 x 12volt motorcycle battery's which will be connected is series to produce the necessary 24volts. Charging will be though a connector placed somewhere in the cab.

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