getting sloppy

I think I’m getting tired from all this work. Last week my back gave a twinge and it just did the same when I went out to removed some brackets from the Mazda engine bay. Monday I made a mistake when removing a roll pin from the gearbox and yesterday I lengthened the bracket which holds the steering column in place then when I got under the car found a piece of it had fallen on the floor without me realising so now it may need shortening. Gah! I also spent some time removing the pedals from the Mazda, removing the bracket which holds the clutch switch and welded it to the Herald clutch pedal. Then when walking to the shed to get paint for it remembered I had a spare Herald brake pedal which I’d planned to use the night before… I wonder if all the booze has anything to do with this, seeing as it’s the first morning I’ve not had a hangover in almost a week. Oops!

Other jobs done yesterday: Gearbox mounted. The Mazda throttle pedal was lashed up. It’s not a great run but it’ll do to get the car rolling. The intake manifold bracket was tested for fit, and works. The alternator was put on. Some of the intake pipework was fitted to test for radiator placement. I won’t be able to use the Mazda one so spent some time on eBay looking at radiators and might buy a Hyundai Accent one. An original Mini Cooper one would work but probably be too small and I don’t want to play around with header tanks otherwise I’d try an MGB jobbie. Propshaft spacer is still being made, but it’s more of an adaptor than a spacer! And I’m currently waiting for fuel hose clips, a sheet of clear plastic and a roll of charcoal coloured vinyl. Today the airflow meter will be fitted and I may make a start on the dashboard or fitting the MX5 seats. I’ve also got to get a new UJ for the propshaft which seems hard to get hold of! I’ve got the number for the local proshaft people but it’s always engaged.

Photo time…

Oh, and I pulled the Acclaim exhaust off. Hardly had to touch it really. I’ll be repairing it once I make the Herald exhaust as I’ve got three meters of 2″ pipe sitting up the top of the garden but don’t want to wast it before I start bending. Until then it’s being driven around rather noisily.

Oo-ee-oo I look just like Buddy Holly. Oh-oh and you’re Mary Tyler Moore

Small progress right now. I had a bit of a session Friday night and woke up on Saturday around 8am far drunker than when I went to bed. Still, had to get the hacksaw out and tweak the gearbox to allow it to fit into the chassis. Engine mounts were played with (and possibly fitted, or that could have been Sunday, dunno…) and then it was time for more beer. Sunday the gearbox remote was shortened (then I went off for a BBQ and wine) and yesterday thrown in the car. Today the propshaft will be worked on and after that the exhaust can be played with and then it’ll be the bulkhead and fuel pump! Bit worried about the propshaft now as others (at least Seth) have been able to use spacers to fill the gap between the Triumph diff and Mazda propshaft. As I’m far closer the spacer required may be too small to be practical or it may even need shortening! We’ll see. I found out why the Acclaim has been getting louder as well. Oh, and the dash plans have been finalised.

Oh, also had fun with the badge on the back of the car and was given a sticker last night. It won’t be getting Megsquirt for a while, it’s more of a private joke and a few of us have them on our cars now. And, you know, everyone loves a squirter. 😉

Getting there!

So yesterday felt like a wasted day. It was spent playing with the fuel pump which was found to be leaking etc. To be honest, I can’t really remember what progress was made other than painting badges and making brackets! Today was a little different. Before my dentist appointment at noon I had the car jacked down, the gearbox out and the engine removed and taken up the top of the garden – I can confirm they’re heavy (125kg according to the CT thread)!

On my return it was time to have a go at getting the Mazda engine it, which wouldn’t fit. Out it came, brake lines removed and a chunk of bulkhead carefully measured and cut out. Back in and, woohoo! It all fits nicely, the pulley has been reduced as well by the way. Only thing to do now is sort out the mountings and it’s in. I’m going to reuse the original ones. They mount into a metal cup, I’m going to turn this back on itself, cut it to 55 degrees and then weld it to the chassis. Doing it this was should also allow the the alternator to stay where it is. I’m going to cut away the (now pointless) casting on the gearbox where the power plant frame attached to it and this will allow me to lower it to a sensible and usable height.

I do have an issue though, the exhaust. It’s going to be a pig as it sits at completely the wrong angle so will require some thinking. Any advice welcome! Tomorrow will hopefully be spent trimming the wiring loom then Saturday I’ll get welding.