Viva GT: stopping work
Right sorry to report this is one of those disappointing posts, the car has again stalled due to more issues.
After fitting the seats I discovered the top seatbelt mount is way too high and as a result a new mount will need to be welded in. Using reel belts and the original seatbelt top mount (which is right at the top of the B pillar, way above my shoulder ) has resulted in a seatbelt that goes across ones head and face, not across ones shoulder and lap!
Luckily all the interior has cover trim so the effect on the paintwork would only be internal and its all covered in trim after. I will need to remove the quarter windows trim, seats, rear quarter cards and rear seats as a result, most of it is easy if bulky.
That is bad enough in itself, but now the the drivers seat is in place I can at last sit in the car and touch / feel how the layout works, where the pedals are, how the steering is, can I reach the gearstick etc.
I have now discovered the pedal box is dangerously flexible. It was not possible to understand this when standing outside a car, reaching in with my foot, bleeding the brakes, only when I sat in the seat and pushed the brakes / clutch did I one get a real feel for things. When I push the brakes, the clutch pedal moves up, when i press the clutch the brake pedal moves up. Worse still is when one is simulating braking and pressing the clutch to change gear does one feel the brake pedal being lifted (against ones foot force) backing off the brakes. Not good, not good at all.
So starting next week the plan is to move it back up the road to the bigger garage, (assuming I can get it moved again) and some serious poking around as to why it flexing, can we brace it, does it need replacing and all those sorts of things. Then once the pedal box is in place start looking at the seatbelt mounts.
These things happen when you build a car, and I just have to accept and keep the project moving.