Been a few weeks since I've updated this. And I don't really have loads to report on really as I've been away for a month. Back this Friday though so full steam ahead.
I finally got round to sorting out the rear beam issue that Tom Fenton pointed out that I'd put a bolt through the wrong way. Also when I set the dummy shocks I drilled them at 330mm I think it was, a standard 205. Thank you Haynes manual. But on the advice of the gurus on here lowered it back down to 322mm, much better. Also put the torsion bars on the right side. I got them mixed up when I built the beam. Bit embarrassing. Anyway, it now sits level and doesn't feel harder on one side to compress.
One thing this has highlighted even more though is the after market 'standard' springs are jacking the front up waaaaaay too high, I'm not convinced even the engine weight is going to compress them enough. Will have to see on that one but I can see me getting a 2nd hand set of standard springs powder coated in the end.
Also got a brand new set of genuine rear clusters and fitted them, damn they make a difference.
Loads of bits came back from the zinc platers. Used a different firm this time as the last firm were just messing me around.
Electroplating uk ltd, absolutely fantastic. They have a set rate of £35 for car enthusiasts, I sent them everything in the pics below plus a sump and got it all back within 3 days, hell of a turn around.
Not the best pic but they came out pretty good!
So got back one weekend and fitted a few brackets to the bulk head. Naff naff stuff getting there now. Including new master cylinder and new brake lines. Also got the gear mechanism fitted with updated rods.
I completely lucked out with an original stereo too, moved into the new workshop, and what was sitting there in the back of a cupboard but a standard 205 clarion head unit. No code, but nothing a 12v battery, a beer and a movie in the living room would sort. So I started at 1111 and work my way up. Got there eventually. So stripped it down cleaned everything, painted the buttons with a tamiya model paint that matched the original colour and hey presto, looks and works as good as new.
Decoding in process, haven't got a pic of it completed.
Once that was installed in the car I hooked up the battery to test some of the electrics and the new jvc speakers. Speakers were good, some other electrics not so much. Electric windows were working but only down and the dial lights weren't all lit. Bugger. Window problem turned out to be dirty switch contacts. And the dial lights were blown bulbs. Strip the dash again. Got there in the end though and now all works.
But can I hell work out where the cigeratte light goes. It doesn't seem to clip into anything. Anyone any ideas?
Interior wise, I dyed the carpet a bright red, came out really well! But then mrfirepro came up with a brand new one. I couldn't pass up that opportunity! Naff pics sorry.
Also the engine is coming on nicely. Got all the pistons fitted, head fitted after getting a new head filter, old one wasn't really doing anything anymore.
And that's all I've got upto really, sorry for not getting more pics of interesting bits of the build. But hopefully will be getting a large delivery of some genuine bits soon so will have some exciting stuff to show then.