Black is the New Chrome

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That was quick… all back from the powder coaters the satin effect seems just right ill assemble the windscreen this weekend and take some pics once the stuff starts going on the car.

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Chrome or No Chrome!

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That’s it no going back – everything is stripped down to the bare bones ready to be de-chromed and turned into Satin Black… Ill have it all back before the Xmas break so this will give me lots to get on with in-between turkey and alcohol!

Already purchased my bullet style side mirrors and these are already in black, Ill post more pictures of everything in black Marine quality Powder coat once I get it all together again.

I also took the tyres off again to remove the red rimbands – decided they look naff!

Power Steering

Eventually got round to making more progress on the power steering installation. After a couple of trial fits in the car and lots of measurements I am now very happy with the position of the column. The top left picture shows the replacement cross member – this replaces the GD cross member due to structural and geometry requirements. as well as substantially beefing up the mounting bar and the side fixing plates it has to lie in a slightly different position to accommodate the power steering. I chose to mount the power steering to a top hung bracket so the columns collapse mechanism can operate as intended in the Oem installations (hope i never get to test that out though)!

Once installed everything fits very well and the wheel position falls in the correct place.dsc_0065

only just fits in – but im happy with “Only Just”. Notice the little bracket on the square section bar with two holes – these will take further reinforcement straps fixed down the side of the body tunnel adding even more rigidity to counteract the torque of the motorised column.

New wiper motor mount cradle required. and new demister vent fabrication to allow for glovebox.

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The column on the engine bay side. A new bracket will be fabricated to fasten directly to the body at this corner location Rather than fasten it to the GD chasis. This should work  well since it means the uppermost column is attached entirely to the body, with the lower part of the of the column attached to the chassis. The next section of column incorporates a splined slip joint, so small movements between body and chassis will be taken up in this joint.dsc_0042

Final Check that wheel sits nice and square to the car and approx 120mm back from the A post shutline.