Page 6 of 6 FirstFirst ... 456
Results 51 to 54 of 54
  1. #51
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Northampton
    Age
    41
    Posts
    3,836
    I fancied a change of pace - I was probably frustrated with the pedal box and boot hinge at this point - and remembered that my bonnet hinge didn’t come with any collars to set the left & right position; the Dax hinge is basically a large tube that pivots around a smaller tube with the smaller tube mounted to the inner wings, and is free to slide left & right along that tube unless you restrict this movement. The build manual mentioned locking collars, so I decided I’d make some up out of some aluminium bar I had lying around. Lathe time! These are (short) videos, so links rather than in-line.


    First, part off a section of 6082 long enough for two collars:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/ChyQvgCAnzpt7YSR7


    Then face off the ends:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/UmHgLUfWkxCigUwJA


    Spot drill for the center:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/Nb6q81Ph6gaNzUyM8


    Then up a size:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/KNc35eJUFq4vXgKdA


    And up another size:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/4Q7VZK5tcPppHh4y7


    And then out with the boring bar to bore out to final size:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/EeLr2UWgKBPZk72G8


    Then parted them into two, cross-drilled for a grub screw and tapped them for M4 grub screws:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/mPeEgn5pFAiRKtAZA


    Then, nothing much happened - or at least was photographed! - until November when we went to the Classic Car show at the NEC and I picked up a full set of IVA-bezel Smiths Electronic gauges, Lucas switches, warning lights and so on:



    Spotted another colour I’d really love to paint the Cobra - House of Kolor Candy Apple Root Beer - but since that’s a candy colour and hideously expensive .. probably won’t!





    Finally in November, I glassed in the in-fill panels in the boot:






    And also welded a throttle-stop to the pedal box, so that I can set the limit of travel without relying on the carb itself:



    Remember, a grinder and paint, etc!








    And that takes us up and into 2018..
    My DeDion build diary..
    Hon Sec of the Digidash branch of the Unpopular Kit Car Design club

  2. #52
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Northampton
    Age
    41
    Posts
    3,836
    January 2018 saw the delivery of the windscreen from Brasscraft - a heated, tinted windscreen plus wind wings and sun visors, and all the fittings:



    The heating elements are reasonably unobtrusive, just like a tin-top:



    Finally I got back to hanging panels on the car, too - first, the boot was hung:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/4tGxDDakC8ec2yGw6


    I used flat sections of fibreglass to build up plinths for the hinges to bolt to, and sandwiched bond-in fittings in there. They still need tidying up with filler and smoothing to be presentable, but they are functional at this point.


    I hung and gapped both doors:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/gEs4dZyCjk6gumzU9


    One went very easily indeed, and the other was a complete pain! It turns out that the tubes the hinges bolt to aren’t symmetrical with respect to the body (despite them being part of the scuttle hoop that is factory bonded into the body), so packing spacers were needed on the
    drivers side to move the hinge toward the A pillar. Here you can see that the passenger side is 10cm back from the A pillar:



    But the drivers’ side is 11cm back - that 10mm makes all the difference with the door barely opening on the drivers’ side before the hinges fouled the A pillar:



    Pretty sure it was Dave who suggested I check the scuttle hoop was actually square..


    Progress is slow at this point - we’re up to March already now, and I fitted the brake reservoir on a home-made bracket:



    It juuuust touches the underside of the bonnet right now, so may need slightly adjusting.


    There was a trip to snowy Goodwood to see the “real” ones at the Members Meeting:



    And this at the NEC:



    And having picked up some “normal” headlights at the NEC, I swapped out the LED units:
    My DeDion build diary..
    Hon Sec of the Digidash branch of the Unpopular Kit Car Design club

  3. #53
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Northampton
    Age
    41
    Posts
    3,836
    The rest of March saw me working on the braking system again, so now I can talk about my solution to desiring twin master cylinders, yet using the Dax pedal box!


    What you can see here is twin AP Racing master cylinders mounted to a Compbrake Escort pedal box, which replaces the servo and houses the bias bar etc:



    Usually they are open-sided, but since I didn’t want a route for air/etc to get into the car from the engine bay, and a way to render the bias bar invisible. You can see how they normally look on their website: https://www.compbrake.com/product/fo...cylinder-copy/


    The cover plates were just bent up steel, welded closed and then secured with rivnuts in the pedal box itself - they can be removed fairly easily for access to the internals if necessary at IVA, and the bias bar will be lock-wired and nyloc’d, once I figure out roughly where it should be set!


    Somewhere in here I’ve fitted the winscreen and the wipers - the wiper boxes are upside down, as I would find out (much) later!






    I’m fairly sure I bought the wiper kit from Dax assuming the bundy tube would be pre-cut to length and flared; either that or I bought it from Europa or CBS, but either way it wasn’t.. I flared it using my cheapy eBay brake flaring tool:



    Not perfect, but it gets the job done and the tube won’t fall out of the wiper boxes!


    We’re in April now, and I’ve fitted the boot lock:



    And stay:



    I was never totally happy with the way the stay is mounted, though, so I’ll probably revisit that later.. It’s a bit wobbly!


    Some brightwork went on:



    And I finally started on the wiring loom .. I think it took close to a year to finish the wiring, in the end!
    My DeDion build diary..
    Hon Sec of the Digidash branch of the Unpopular Kit Car Design club

  4. #54
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Northampton
    Age
    41
    Posts
    3,836
    The first bits of loom went in relatively quickly - some of it was very easy to judge and figure out, but what I found hard was routing all of the services without knowing where some of it would need to end up or how much space I’d actually be left with behind the dashboard when that went in - more than I thought, I think is the answer to that!





    But that’s how the fuse boxes and relays started off looking - they remained quite similar until now, in fact, although they’ve been joined by a few more relays and a few more fuses..


    Here, I’ve punched the main front-to-rear loom through and run it along the chassis rail; notice that the fuel return is gone, now..



    Since the loom was modular, it is joined in the middle using waterproof connectors:



    Some continues upward into the boot:



    While some dives down to feed the fuel pump:



    Everything, and I mean everything, is secured at roughly 9” intervals using P-clips or push-in conduit clips. Overboard, maybe, but the IVA man can’t question it .. hopefully!


    It is a bit crowded down by the fuel pump, though!



    I tried to keep cable runs outside where possible, so the rear loom (which was handily quite long) actually runs up into the ‘cavity’ between boot and rear bulkhead, and then along the rear chassis leg before entering the boot to feed the rear lights:



    We are up to July 2018 by this point! And I’ve also sold a car, taken several holidays, been away for work a few times and Louise is well on the way learning to drive and has bought her first car - a Smart For Two which she loved but hated! Oh, and I’ve been helping a mate modify his car by fitting a new exhaust; it’s this mates fault that I’m building a Cobra in the first place, I should add!
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/Hymc2UPWrjesfVQy7
    My DeDion build diary..
    Hon Sec of the Digidash branch of the Unpopular Kit Car Design club

Page 6 of 6 FirstFirst ... 456

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •