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Engine in place, needs a bit of work before it's fully mounted.

Rear looking view of the engine.
Brake and Clutch Master Cylinders fitted with appropriate holes cut in the bulkhead, obviously the pedals are the other side.

Brackets welded on to the chassis to support the brake/ clutch reservoir, then painted appropriately. Once fitted there is about 6mm clearance before the cap would touch the underside of the bonnet.

Cutting the engine cover was quite a nerve racking experience, though it went better than I thought, I used an angle grinder with a 1mm cutting blade, this did the trick just right.

The remainder of the stainless piano hinge was then used to piece together the two half's of the engine cover, all went well apart from the small amount of chipping of the outer gel coat of the fiberglass. I guess this was my fault, I was kinda rushing really.

Jobs a goodun. A thought went through my head about adding damper rams for when the engine cover is lifted, but decided this was a non critical fitment, it may be something that I address once the car is completed.

Back to the front again, now to get the steering column fitted. I know there are various ways of doing this, but after a lot of thought I have decided to do it the following way. I have cut the stub of the focus column joint in half to reduce its length and welded some 15mm solid bar up inside it, this bar then passes through a 15mm self centering bearing in the bulkhead and...

.. then fits in to a piece of tube that has a 15mm ID, this tube has then been welded half way on to the shaft of the steering rack, all held in place with a M6 bolt. The column, should needs be is easily removable from the car. Fitting this was fairly time consuming due to the lack of space, but I wanted it right and now I'm happy with the result.

I felt that the thin aluminum bulkhead should be reinforced around the steering column bearing carrier area, so I cut a piece of 2mm aluminum and using PU adhesive stuck it over the mounting area. It won't look so bad once a coat of paint has been applied.

Once the font panels were finished and primed with acid etch, Rob gave them a coat of satin black 2 pac paint for me.

Panels were fitted by using large head pop rivets. A thin bead of PU adhesive was applied afterwards to help stop the panels rattling.
The bonnet air vent was also acid etched and painted black, I made quite an effort to get the profile just right, not perfect, but pretty close. PU adhesive was used to fix it in place.

Bonnet re attached, time to get on with the seats.
It's starting to look like a car now.


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