Mev Rocket (The Build) Page 6


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Choosing the seats was a fairly painful business, the problem was that all the seats that I really liked were to wide to fit in to the narrow space of the Rocket's chassis. Eventually I decided on MK1 Lotus Elise seats as I have owned an Elise in the past, I new they were fairly comfy and light weight, saying that they are still going to require a small miracle to get them to fit properly. After a bit of looking around these came up on eBay for a reasonable price.

This picture shows the start of the installation of the center console. As I have not decided on which gear lever/ handbrake gator's I will be using, I have kept the exit holes as small as possible. Adding the center section also gives me an idea on how much space I have to play with to get the seats fitted..

The Elise seats sliding rails are actually wider than the seat base and as the seat is a tight fit already, this obviously presents me with a fitting problem. I decided on extending the seats upwards ny using 3/4" angle on the rear and 1" on the front, at the moment I have no idea how I am going to fit the safety harness. I will worry about that a bit later.

Tony from Matrix AVI giving a very welcome hand with the wiring of the car. The existing loom has been shortened or extended to the proper lengths and because Tony likes this sort of thing, all of the wiring was completed within 3 days, which is nice.
The picture shows the rear engine loom, the ECU bracket has yet to be manufactured.

Getting on with the front fuse and relay board. We decided that this would fit nicely on top of the pedal box assembly. I would recommend to any would be builders to buy a copy of a suitable Haynes manual, this has saved me quite a lot of time in the long run.

I decided that rather than using a push switch for the brake lights I would opt for the hydraulic type, this saves me the trouble in making a suitable bracket to hold the switch. The hyd switch has been placed in between the front brake master cylinder and the tee fitting and wired in to the cables pre made on the loom.

Vapor digital dash and light switch panel fitted. The switch panel will be made again to allow space for a battery/ charge fail light and also the digital fuel gauge which has yet to be made.

Reverse side of the dash, a bit of tidying up yet to be done.

ECU, Fuses and relays installed, just a few more wires to the speed sensor and this ends done.

Fuses and relays at the front, just need to fix the aluminium cover plate in place.
Front lights and indicators fitted and working, I am currently looking for some stealthy repeater lights.
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Rear lights fitted and working, waiting for the clear reversing lens to turn up.
Passenger rubber matting cut to size and center console covered in grey vinyl. A leather gear lever gator has been attached whilst I have yet to still source a suitable handbrake gator.
Clutch and rear brake pipes securely fixed along the side of the center tube using special plastic dual clips and the wiring loom cable tied together on top of the coolant pipes. All I need to do now is fit the throttle cable.

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