Well, its the same story as last week. No parts
again! I'm running out of things to do now and this is putting me well
I fitted the completed pedal box this
week. I've got a bad feeling that it may have to come out again though to
fit the front wishbones and anti roll bars. Or, I need to find someone
with very small hands! I really hope it doesn't need to be disturbed as I
spent ages silicone sealing it in.
I managed to get the new master cylinder
you see in the picture from Ebay for £5.50!
It's surprising how much more it makes it
look like you're getting somewhere once the steering column and wheel are in.
I cleaned the blower up, fitted it and I've got a new
resistor on order.
I had to go the scrappies to get another
heater matrix today, as I knackered the copper pipes when getting the old one
out of my donor. I tried making up a new pipe and soldering it on, but I
couldn't get the pipe to bend enough to feel happy with it. I also
found I'd lost the plastic cover that holds it in place. It must be
somewhere, but for now it well held in with a bracket I made up from some of the
metal left over from the central locking kit. The air duct has also been
fitted and sealed in. It took a bit of filing to get it too fit as it was
way too tight.
The mixer unit bolted in place under the
dash. I had to find some foam to pack around the edge where the air duct
meets the blower unit.
Two holes were drilled in the bulkhead and grommets
sealed in for the heater pipes to get to the matrix. Part of the donor
metro heater pipe is used here, as it has a bleed screw built into it. I'm
also considering pluming the heater in parallel with the radiator. It'd
have the advantages that there would be less water in the system, which would be
a good idea as the pump isn't great on the K-series, and also there would be two
less metal pipes in the tunnel. The only disadvantage would be a possible
fluctuating temperature and it may take longer for the heater to give out heat
but these are minor points. Most K-series engined cars rely on the heater
as a buffer for the coolant to flow whilst the stat is closed, but I wouldn't
have any problems with taking this away as I've got
a remote stat from BMW (thanks for the tip Rich!), and the bypass from this will
be fine to connect back to the engine where the old stat used to be.
Hooray! A big box arrived today full
of metal parts, so hopefully I'll have a rolling chassis soon!