Sunday, 28 June 2009

DHC report nr. 31; Door handles & heater

At the moment I am spending a fair bit of my spare time on preparing parts and get them ready for when I can start with the reassembly of the car. Like the door-handles, after they were coated (black of course) first thing to get sorted were the small bump-stop rubbers for the handles. As new ones seem to be unavailable I rummaged through a friends “rubber-thingies-magazine” and came up with two rubbers like the one on the extreme right;

Compared to the original ones on the left, they are way too high. But that was easily rectified with a pen knife and some sanding paper. The exact thickness was a bit of a guess but in the end the handles sit pretty nicely aligned with the surround.

With the rubber stops sorted it was time to clean the various parts;

And assemble them;

For good measure I swapped the lock barrels left to right (assuming that the driver’s side was used much more then the right hand side).

With the door handles sorted I started on probably the biggest challenge of the restoration, rebuilding the heater unit. Main reason I pulled it apart was the fact that I wanted to get rid of the A/C bits, and the foam covering on the different flaps was in a rather bad shape. So I got myself an assortment of EDPM (closed-cell-foam) rubber from a local rubber company. And after all the bits were coated I started with refurbishing the flaps;

Cleaned the ventilator assembly;

And started with riveting the ventilator housing back together before I ran out of pop rivets;

Saturday, 27 June 2009

DHC report nr. 28A; Shot blasting finished

Some old news this time as I just received some pictures from Giessen. They are from the body, taken after it was shot blasted. Gives a good impression of the body’s condition and of the quality of the work carried out by the body man. They also show where the seams were (hot-zinc) treated, recognizable as the lighter areas. This was done because it gives a better (deeper) protection then the primer that was applied afterwards.

In the meantime I have been busy with lots of small jobs, more on that later. Most important news is that next weekend the body will be brought away for paint preparation and painting. So quite behind original schedule by now ...

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

DHC report nr. 30; More coating ...

After returning from Scotland I gently started again with work on the DHC. Picked up the last of the parts that needed coating. Especially the cam cover, header tank and air-filter-end-plates look rather nice in their wrinkle finish.

Also busied myself with cleaning up the indicator/side lights. On top the finished LH lens, bottom the RH lens as it came of the car.

I used some silver plastic paint on the inside rim of the lenses to brighten them up a bit. And I started with the cleaning and coating of all the parts for the dashboard. As I personally don’t like the grey dashboard color of the later TR7’s I decided to paint everything black. For this I am (again) using Vinylkote from Kolorbond. I used this on the interior of ‘t Kreng 13 years ago and it still looks very nice today, so the choice was easy. Only not so easy to get hold of, as it isn’t sold in the Netherlands anymore. Had to order it through their French agent, which went very well indeed (bearing in mind that my French is rather basic).

The parts I coated yesterday;

And some attention to detail, cleaning the heater control lighting lenses;

Last thing I did so far was reassembling the door mirrors. Forgot to take some pictures before I wrapped them up. Most important thing I did was to put some new rubber foam strips to the back of the mirror glass to prevent them from rattling.

Le Carrera Caledonia and Skye

Returned from Scotland earlier this week were we did the (unofficial) Carrera Caledonia and some walking on the Isle of Skye afterwards. Again McJim succeeded in putting a great route together over some very interesting roads. I won’t bother you with boring details of the run itself or the walking, as a few pictures tell so much more!

Scotlandshire clansman meets English gentlemen driver 😉

Always bright and cheerful Callander;

Loch Tummel as seen from the Queen’s View;

International odd TR gathering along the shores of Loch Rannoch
(English TR3, German TR5 and Dutch TR7);

‘t Kreng somewhere along the same shore;

Scottish beef;

Hunting/road kill trophies or to scare of burglars ?

The Sound and Island of Raasay as seen from Torvaig near Portree;

View across the Quiraing;

Lobster fisher at Hoe Point;

View from Hoe Rape over Ramasaig Bay;

‘t Kreng waiting patiently at the end of probably the most deserted road I have ever driven.
Near Ramasaig. The only car we encountered was ... a police patrol!

View across Loch Scavaig from Camasunary.
Especially when it rains the scenery of Skye is fabulous;

Oh and as usually the car behaved rather well. Only a slightly noisy alternator bearing and less than half a litre of oil consumption (and leaking) over nearly 3000 kilometres! Nothing worth mentioning! So back to work tomorrow and also back to work on the DHC.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

LCC preparations

Switched my attention from the DHC’s restoration to ‘t Kreng yesterday and this morning, to prepare her for La Carrera Caledonia. Went over the fluid levels, checked tightness of all suspension and brake nuts and bolts, checked bearings and brake pads, greased prop-shaft and steering rack etc. etc. Even found time to polish her afterwards!

In a few minutes I’ll be leaving for the ferry, next stop CT’s Pendle & Penine Polish & Shine on Friday evening ...

Monday, 1 June 2009

DHC report nr. 29; Looms, pipes and heater

Busied myself with the wiring on the car in the past few days. Initial plan was to work on the cable looms for a day and then turn my attention to other jobs. Sadly it took me well over two days to get the wiring sorted properly. As stated earlier I renewed all the connectors at the front of the car and under the bonnet. As an example the small loom for the reverse light switch before;

And after it was “cleaned up”.

And the connectors that regularly give trouble with the front lights on the average TR7. On the right the original connectors. On the left the new ones;

But it turned out that several parts and in particular the engine loom were pretty bad. As an example the engine loom, despite being rather small, took the best part of the morning to get sorted properly. Also removed most of the tape from the looms to inspect the wires underneath. Glad I did it as I found three locations were some of the wiring had been damaged;

Another problem I encountered were a few wires that were completely corroded inside. Like the earth lead from the ignition coil (top) compared to a new piece of wire;

Next thing to do was make up a few new brake pipes. Using this handy (and very cheap) tool, which I found at a classic car show years ago, that was rather easy;

And last but not least I made myself a nice three dimensional puzzle. First plan was to just tidy the heater assembly up a bit and put it back in the car. But then I found some rusty patches on the inside, and all of the regulating flaps needed new foam covering;

So time to take it to pieces. Sounds pretty easy, but in reality it did give me a few headaches before I had worked out the best sequences to dismantle it. Another reason to take it to pieces was to remove the (aircon) evaporator, sitting on top of the heater matrix;

Thus shedding a fair bit of weight. And I hope it will have a positive effect on the heaters fresh air supply. And after a day of drilling out loads of pop rivets (some rather inaccessible for my drill) this was everything that was left of the heater;

All the bits will be coated properly and all the foam will be replaced. But that will have to wait till after I return from Scotland. Also the body will go for paint preparation and painting after that. I hoped I could bring the car away before my trip to Scotland, but that wasn't possible.