GD427 in action

GD427 in action

Monday, 6 September 2010

Just keep moving forward...

A few pictures just to show where I'm up to. there no major steps forward here, just small jobs being ticked off the list, but as the title suggests I'm trying to keep the momentum and keep moving forward.

Here you can see that both of the wiper spindles have been fitted

I've started to paint stonechip under the front arches and in common with a few other builds I've been following I've used Isoflex liquid rubber which is intended as a roofing product but leaves a rubberised coating which should cut down on the spider web type of cracking often caused by stones flying up under the arches from the tyres. This is after the second coat and as you can see is still drying. This has to be the least enjoyable part of the build so far and is arm acheing, sticky, smelly and new T-shirt ruining.... ! (The lights and indicators have been removed for this part of the build and will probably only go back on now once the body has been polished.)

I've also fitted the heater for the last time after buying silicon rubber hose to fit over the outlets. The two outlets are at right angles to each other meaning you need one straight hose for the outlet which exist horizontally and one with a 90 degree bend in it for the outlet which exists vertically. Rather than buy two, I bough one 90 bend hose with extra long legs and simply cut one leg short using the off cut as the straight section for the other. Both of these will need cutting to length so I've left them long for now.
You can also see the battery studs which extend from with the wheel arch cavity containing the heater through into the engine bay to provide convenient power take off.

Here you can see the relay block and fuse box mounted along with the hot air outlet for the heater and the windscreen support bar which extends across the cockpit behind the dashboard. It all gets a bit tight in this area so I'm glad to have that part out of the way. If you use the Vectra column, before mounting the relay block there is a small modification to the wiring required which I strongly recommend you carry out first.

The last photo shows the dashboard temporarily held in place prior to marking out for the guages


Cobra Rob said...

Ryan what mod is needed on the relay part of the wiring loom, I havnt fitted my loom yet so would be handy to do the mod first. :)

Ryan said...

Hi Rob, There are some connections in the relay block for the horn, with the Vectra steering column you need to swap a positive supply for an earth on one of the connections. If you look at the wires going into the top of the relays the horn relay has a purple feed into one of the terminals which then loops to another pin. This looped purple needs to be removed from the relay and the connection replaced with an earth feed. There is a convenient earth on a nearby relay you could splice into or as per GD, use the spare black earth feed on the redundant door interior light wires that run very close to the relay block. Simon R has a wiring diagram he produced for the mod on his blog site.