The wiper motor/mechanism was installed
today. The holes marked on the tub didn't really line up, so I had to mark
my own out. I've heard of water leaking around these holes, so I've filled
them with plenty of silicon. I had to grind the edges off the arms of the
mechanism around where they join the motor, as they were just scraping on the fiberglass.
Whilst I had the grinder out, I grinded a
couple of slots in the front spring seats as I wasn't happy with them touching
the damper mounts.
I'm more happy with this now, as it seems
to all fit a lot better now with these couple of slots.
I'm still waiting for the rear suspension
mounting brackets, so all I've been able to do so far on the rear is mount the
dampers. Hopefully the brackets should be here in a couple of days.
I've had the rear suspension
mounting brackets and a few other bits and bobs personally delivered by Stuart Clark today,
which was very good of him, so I can get the rear suspension finished tomorrow.
I'm using MGF rear brakes, so I had to
drill out the caliper mounting holes on the metro hubs to fit a special spacer
for the MGF caliper brackets to fit. In the picture, the left hole has
been drilled and the spacer inserted. The right hand hole is
standard. It needed to be drilled out to 17mm, and I had quite a bit of
trouble finding somewhere that sold that sized drill bits.
The MGF caliper mounting brackets fitted to
I next moved onto fitting the seat
belts. After hearing about other peoples problems with the rear mounting
brackets falling off when you un do the main bolt, I decided to do what a lot of
other people have done and tap the bracket. You can just see the bolt in
the picture that holds the bracket on. I also added a nut to the back to
lock it on tight, just to make sure.
The seatbelts installed. I think the
red looks good against the blue.
The mounting brackets for the rear
wishbones were an absolute nightmare to install. It's hard to describe,
but you needed to reach right through a box section from inside the car to get the
nuts/washers onto the brackets. I've got quite long arms and only just
managed to get them on. My arms were covered in fiberglass 'prickles'
after finally getting the brackets on.
These are the spreader plates that hold the
mounting brackets on, all the way down a side of the box section.
The rear wishbones fixed onto the mounting