A Good Start.

Having begun and, unbelievably, finished the throttle linkage in one day, I was just reminding myself that this has to be the pattern for the rest of the project. With only 8 months to go, every hour is going to count.

Cockpit brace

I started the day by finishing off the holes and washer plates for the rear cockpit brace.

Washer plate

Because of the angle of the vertical post, each of the washer plates had to be cut, filed and welded back together again to make sure everything was in the right place.

Cockpit bracing

It seems an awful lot of nuts and bolts but the net effect is rather solid. I salvaged a couple of the old forged right-angled brackets from the original Hillman body and have included those – one each side – at the bottom of the rear posts. The channel along the top of the brace will hold the ash beam to give shape to the rear of the cockpit. I’ve just got a couple of bits of metal yet to cut out and they’ll tie the wood together at the rear of the car. I can start then to sand down the frame ready for the plywood inner skin but I’m not going to rush into that because it’s still quite handy for the moment to be able to get at things through the sides.

Another pressing consideration is the electrics. I like to have the fuses and relays and so on, as accessible as possible and I’m trying to think of a way of utilising the space behind the dash – it’s the obvious place but you always end up upside down and dropping a screwdriver in your eye when repairing something. I don’t want to create a hatch in the scuttle – the easy solution – because that’ll compromise the integrity of the structure so the jury’s still out on that one. The battery I’ve more or less decided to put at the back, mounted on the chassis and between the body and the rear wing. As I’m going to cover with an aluminium sheet the space between the chassis and the tank, I’m less concerned about the battery’s proximity to the fuel.

Throttle linkage

For the throttle linkage, I ferreted about in the box of stuff that I removed from the Hillman when I first stripped it down. I’d put parts of the old linkage away and all I needed to do was make up a couple of bearing blocks for the cross shaft and fiddle about with the rod lengths until I got it about right.

Bearing block

The bearing blocks are aluminium into which I’ve introduced a bronze bush. I put an oil hole in the top and then decided they’d look nice with a grease nipple. The bodies are threaded and bolted from the other side of the firewall. I thought it was going to be a difficult job but, having all the original rods and rod ends to hand, it went like a dream. With the accelerator pedal fully depressed (allowing for the thickness of the carpet) the stop on the carb is about 1/16th” away from full chat.

Throttle linkage

That’s good enough for me.


5 comments on “A Good Start.

  1. John Gaertner says:

    Hello Nigel, Looks like you are using Ash for the frame? Making good progress! Cheers John Gaertner

  2. renaud says:

    Hello Nigel,
    “I like to have the fuses and relays and so on, as accessible as possible and I’m trying to think of a way of utilising the space behind the dash” So do I. For the three-wheeler I made a collapsible fuse & relays box. It is above the passenger’s knees. One can move a latch and it falls down (better to remove those pretty legs before miss…) for good access.

  3. Hi Renaud,
    Yes, I was thinking about something along those lines but haven’t quite explored all the possibilities. I’ve got some more wood to add to the firewall and instrument panel that’ll support the scuttle and bonnet so the options will be clearer when that’s done.

  4. renaud says:

    I’m satisfied about that solution. As you said diving backwards under the dash is nightmarish. My cables are bundled in a sort of strand and goes along the hinge. Another better solution of course is to have a removable scuttle like on the Lotus 7. Access is then perfect to all the paraphernalia on the dash. We will all here undoubtly criticize the solution you adopt in the near future. Hard for you to be on the bright stage Nigel! 🙂

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