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  • 16th August 2014 – Fitting the windscreen wipers

    So we decided to get on with the build again after several months going by without anything being done.


    First job of the day was to fit the windscreen wipers in place.


    There are 2 marks in the body moulding where the wipers should be located. The windscreen wiper wheel boxes protrude from underneath the body at a forward angle so firstly we marked them up and drilled a small pilot hole through the body using the angle from the chrome fitting as a guide. We then followed on by drilling a bigger 16mm hole then used a file to carefully get the final shape.


    We fitted the wheel boxes underneath the body behind the dash but due to the angle they need to be fitted at we decided to make an extra wedge shaped piece of wood that we hope will give more support. It was simply a case fitting the wheel box, marking the angle and cutting the wood to shape. Then it was easy enough to fit then in place tightening up the bolt on the stork.


    The final thing  was to fit the wipers and wiper blades. These came from Gerry and look great. We needed to bend the arm a little to get them to fit perfectly with the screen which wasn’t difficult. We put them in the vice and carefully tapped with a rubber hammer until we got them the right shape.


    The next job will be to fit the motor and connect them up. More to come on this.


  • 15th September 2012 – Heater demister vents

    We’ve been having some supply problems with some parts over the last few weeks which has held us up a little. Even so we decided to get another day in on the build as we had several smaller jobs that needed to be done.

    The first job of the day was to fit the heater demister vents that will feed warm air onto the windscreen. We had decided to install the cobra aluminium vents which are slightly longer than MGA ones. We plan to eventually polish these up at a later stage and get them looking really nice.

    The body is marked with previsional positions for the vent holes but as we already had the windscreen fitted we found these marking to be a little close to the screen (perhaps due to the increased rake of the LeMan screen). So we spent a little time carefully measuring and working out the best position for them. In the end we basically moved them back about 2cm from the previsional markings.

    Once the position was sorted we removed the screen so we could do the drilling, dremelling and filing of the holes. Before fixing the vents into place we decided we could also fix the heater matrix vents to the underside of scuttle which will eventually be behind the dash and connect to the heater matrix. Due to the body having a slight curve we lined the edges with a foam padding in order to give them a decent seal against the underside of the body when fitted. It was then just a case of using the screws and nuts provided to fit vents above and below the scuttle.

  • 4th August 2012 – Fitting the Windscreen

    We had ordered the windscreen from Gerry a while ago and arranged to go and collect it. We were keen to fit it straight away so got to it. As we are building the 289 Le Man, we were aware that screen rake is slightly more than the roadster to accommodate the detachable roof, so it was essential to fit the windscreen together with the roof in order to get them to fit together perfectly.
    The first job was to cut the holes in the body where the pillar legs go through. This was fairly easy as the fibreglass had small marks from the cast indicating the position. The positions for demister vents and window wipers are also marked but we’ll fit them later. Just to make sure we laid the screen flat over the front so the pillars were over the points where they’d enter the body. We found that the marks were fairly accurate. Also the build manual states that the hole should start 31 5/8” +- 1/8” from the back of the doors. This was also the case, so we were confident we were on track.
    We then could drill and dremel out the holes for the pillars before we got the roof in position. We measured 2 1/8 inch in from the inner door for the position of the roof as recommended in the build manual, but we found that once the roof went on the top of the body that it sat naturally (more or less) in the correct position. We also put the upper boot lid in place at this point to check the back of the roof sat perfectly inline with the line of the boot lid. After a little fiddling to get the position perfect we clamped it solidly into place.
    we then slid the screen in to check the position. We found we had to do this few times, extending the hole slightly bigger each time until the screen sat comfortable in the correct position against the rim of the roof. We also cut some small pieces of ply wood and positioned them under the screen when fitting to allow a 3mm gap (as recommended in the manual) between the frame and body. Once we were happy everything was right we then clamped the pillars firmly into place ready to drill for the bolts.
    The next job was to drill the pillars and scuttle frame plates. The build manual advises fitting aluminium spacers if required, we found pillars were flush with the scuttle frame plates so none were needed. We then drilled through and bolted secure with 3 hole M8 bolts either side. We plan to replace these later with round headed cap bolts for the sake of being SVA compliant. The final thing was to put the covering plate in position that covered the hole in the body and the the centre bracket. Due to the increased rake we found we had to file the holes out on these a little to get them to fit flush with the body.
    Job done! We may need to take the screen out to do the heater vents but more on this later. Once we had the screen and roof in position though it suddenly gave us a great impression of how the finished car will look and made me feel we are really making some progress.