Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Show and Tell

This is the point where I shut up and let the pictures do most of the talking. Since I last submitted a blog report Shawn and Dave were over to lend their expertise to the installation of the waist seals for the doors. Between the two of them they have a TR6, TR250, MGB, and TR250 project. AND wives who have given up all hope of parking in the garage - I’ll get Krista there someday. I had the windows in seconds before they installed the waist seals. the windows work great but those waist seals really have me tickled.

I had another order come in from EBay this week that I was trying to avoid but in the end I had to bite the bullet. The order was the column mounted dimmer switch. I reported earlier that I had rebuilt it but it wasn’t staying rebuilt. I opened it up two more times and it would work for a few uses then act up again. I picked a used one up for a hundred bucks including shipping. It wasn’t a screaming deal but almost half of what they retail for. I installed it last night and works great.

It didn’t take me long to get my door panels installed after the windows and seals went in. Within three days I had both new door panels installed. I put all of the hardware on except for one window crank as it’s missing the knob. I have new crank assembly coming in from EBay for sixteen bucks. I hope it will be here this week.

Also received an order from Moss. This ordered contained my windshield wiper blades. Along with those the order also contained seals for between the windows and the convertible top frame.

Speaking of the convertible top - as of this past weekend - I almost have the top completely installed. I need to glue the leading edge but before I do that I want to wait until my leading edge seal channel arrives from Moss. The top provided a lot of challenges not the least of which was a trip to “Michaels Craft Store” for a snap punch, leather hole cutter and Velcro. That place is not fit for man or beast on the weekend before Halloween. After a lot of line-waiting, hammering, tugging and swearing the top looks really good.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Dashing Dash

Late Friday Krista and I returned from Brother Lachlan’s wedding in Mexico. It was a great week and I did relax. Although the entire time I was there I couldn’t help but wonder: “has my dash arrived at home yet?”
Turns out it arrived the same day I did and with the three day weekend the car got some long deserved attention. 

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves but I will share that I had the car out to celebrate the new dash on Saturday (most things are celebrated with a TR6 drive these days).  No side roads this time as I took her out on 1A and then on to the mighty Stoney Trail. Now that I am driving this car there are two things that I can’t get over. The first being the long power curve of that little motor. That thing is torque-y and long legged. It’s very fun to drive. The other thing is how small it is. Granted its big sitting next to my MIG welder in the garage but get her into modern (read: boxy behemoths) traffic and it’s a little intimidating. I had an F250 Diesel go by me on the right in three lane traffic and I have to admit I may have left a brown lump in my pants. I’m basically driving a double-wide Goldwing – except you sit a good two feet higher on a Goldwing. I do love plugging the little car into lanes with ease. It snakes through traffic like a ghost.   

Dash, Door caps, snaps for boot and tonneau cover and under the boot: softtop frame.

Look at that dash.
British Leyland Badge. I tried to save the original but it fell apart when I attempted to remove it.

Some of you may not beleive this but dad's car only ever had one and it was on the passenger-side

Night driving anyone? - all new bulbs- everywhere.

The first pic is from August 2009
Prince of Darkness Battery (Label) an the new hold down kit