Part 3, going back together........
All the plain aluminium
panels have now been powder coated, including even the smaller items such as the
pedal box cover and smaller front bulkhead items.
Any drillings and small
necessary bends in the panels are made prior to powder coating to ensure no
damage to the finish during refitting.
To enable wax to be injected
inside the chassis tubes, it is necessary to use a nozzle that will be a good fit
in the rivet holes, ie. 4mm. This is easily achieved by removing the "nail" from
a new rivet and trimming the rivet to fit in the wax sprayer.
It is not ideal to inject
wax into the chassis tubes prior to fitting the panels, due to the massive
number of holes that would just allow the wax to run out. But by refitting the
panels using only every second rivet, it is possible to then apply the wax.
Any panels fitted with
rivets from beneath the car such as the floors have had all the rivets fitted
Bulkhead and heater tray
fitted - now it's starting to look a little more functional ......
But there's always further
work to do. The much altered wiring is carefully unwrapped, checked, changed if
necessary and then re-wrapped with new loom tape. Any additions to the wiring that
are to remain are carefully integrated as if an original part of the loom.
With the powder coated
lower-bulkhead panel fitted, the chassis plate is
cleaned and refitted. Now it's starting to look a little more finished!
(back to the paint shop)
(back to part 1)
(back to part 2)