Viva GT: Brake lines finished at last
The brake lines are all in place now, the move from the glove box to under bonnet is finished, it only took for ever to do, but I am happy with the result.
The pedal box is now refitted to the car with the help of Martin, it was that or grow arms 10-foot-long and have 7 joints in each to reach from inside the car to the engine bay. Using Martin’s logic, growing the arms isn’t as much of a problem as buying shirts to fit them!
The pedal box also had the bias adjustment modified to ensure the front cylinder (not the rear cylinder) has the bias towards it, with additional adjustment via a screw thread that pulls back and forth.
I may want/need to modify the throttle pedal arm a little so the adjuster cable for the Bias box doesn’t get in the way of the pedal arm, but for now I can leave the cable off. If i want to adjust it all I need do is lean under the dash and adjust by turning the thread by hand. In theory once its set correct, I shouldn’t need to adjust it so often anyway.
I have also added a couple of clamps to the internal brake lines up so everything clears the path of the throttle pedal.
Next I have painted the silver plate that covered the old brake servo firewall hole in black and labelled the three hydraulic output lines accordingly. In the image below one can see the lables (just).
Note where previously I had pushed the brake line through the middle of an old fuse box, its been replaced with a good old land rover one (£6 with postage) none of this NOS Viva rubbish at 10 time that price.
Over the last few days I have also had the steering out of the car, I noted how close to the dash the steering wheel was and didn’t like it. The stock position of the wheel just sees wrong, so I have moved it about an Inch towards the driver, and down a little bit as well.
To move the column all I needed to do was use a longer section of double D bar between the two U/J’s and in turn this moves the wheel that magic Inch. It means if I changes to a fatter wheel, my knuckles wouldn’t be dragging on the dash!