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#196 johnyj

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Posted 15 June 2020 - 02:56 PM

I have read through it all from start to finish and i have to commend you for dedication, perseverance,and all done from a small one car garage while dealing with life as well. It is a credit to you and what you have achieved with it and the colour is very nice. It will be a looker when done.



#197 nicnoo

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Posted 15 June 2020 - 04:53 PM

I have read through it all from start to finish and i have to commend you for dedication, perseverance,and all done from a small one car garage while dealing with life as well. It is a credit to you and what you have achieved with it and the colour is very nice. It will be a looker when done.

Thank you matey, appreciate that.



#198 nicnoo

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Posted 22 June 2020 - 10:04 PM

Not much to report, started looking at the loom i took out of the car and it's in better condition than the other spare i have which is some 11 years newer, so i think the final item will be an amalgamation of the two.

 

Main aims for the loom are......

 

  • Rectify any damage or aged wiring issues.
  • Change over from column start/Ign barrell to centre Ign barrell.
  • Move wiper switch to centre column.
  • Change over to pre engaged starter from inertia type.
  • Add power for radio and speaker cables for both front and rear speakers.
  • Add additional power to both rear bins for usb chargers etc.
  • Possibly adding additional courtesy lighting under dash and rear seat base.

Obviously using the 40 year old wiring harness as a base is not ideal but with a little care and attention hopefully i can avoid any nasty surprises. I do plan on laying the whole loom out and testing everything before fitting it to the car..........or at least that's the plan.

 

As a bit of a soft start on all that i decided to take a look at refreshing the centre binnacle, clock, gauges and wiring.

 

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Clock is a little on the crusty side so will be stripped, painted and polished.

 

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The small loom which makes up the wiring for the dash has been subjected to a little rodent love so will need to be sorted first.

 

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#199 nicnoo

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 07:38 PM

Finished off cleaning up the main clock,

 

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Im not too worried about the rust on the back for the time being as it wont be seen 

 

Also had a go at the temp gauge which didn't go quite as smoothly

 

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A lot of the black paint had flaked of the main face so needed a little touch up. I didn't want to loose the original "Smiths" text so i masked it off as close to the writing as possible as i knew the paint wouldn't be an exact match.

 

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Unfortunately the masking tape managed to pull some of the previously OK paint off the lower part of the face.

 

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This I managed to touch up by hand.

 

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Finally I gave he glass and chrome a good scrubbing and put it all back together again.

 

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Those eagle eye'd amongst you may have noticed something missing.......................................................... the gauge needle. In my haste to get it all back together i'd knocked it off to the side. A quick tap on the bench and it was back in place.

 

Now just the oil pressure gauge to do and i can sling it all back in the dash housing.



#200 Gilles1000

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 08:10 AM

Same experience for me with the very same gauge.

 

This black paint does not hold very good on these 40+ years old brass facias.

Next time I will only clean them with a soft cloth and maybe repaint the surround of the gauge, which is in any case not visible.

 

Good progress anyway!



#201 nicnoo

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Posted 29 June 2020 - 02:35 PM

And the finished result.  :-)

 

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Now to continue with the loom ........................................



#202 nicnoo

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Posted 29 June 2020 - 02:39 PM

Definitely, a  lesson learned.

 

Same experience for me with the very same gauge.

 

This black paint does not hold very good on these 40+ years old brass facias.

Next time I will only clean them with a soft cloth and maybe repaint the surround of the gauge, which is in any case not visible.

 

Good progress anyway!



#203 nicnoo

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Posted Yesterday, 09:41 PM

Not much to report just been cleaning and painting bits and bobs ready to get the doors, bonnet and boot lid refitted.

 

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