Sunday, 7 August 2016

Scuttle work.

As an introduction though, why not go to the Blog overview first.

Here is the front face of the scuttle. The large hole cut out is to enable access into the scuttle, for example, to gain access to the wiring loom, instruments etc, plus the steering column. You'll notice that this then gets panelled with the polished propellor motif laser cut panels all of which can be removed.

This photo shows a riv-nut tool inserting riv nuts into the flange face of the front of the scuttle. I use three different riv-nut tools, one of which is an air tool. This particular tool shown in the photo is not the best ergonomic of tools in my view, as it requires a ratchet tool on top and the distance between the centre hand hold and the top ratchet is too great. It is probably better with aluminium riv nuts, but I use steel riv nuts throughout, and I prefer the ribbed type. I'll show you the other two types of riv-nut tools in due course.

So, here is the front face of the scuttle fitted with the three panels. All three are removable, the panel shown to the left in the photo has a large slot through which the steering column emerges. The panel shown to the right has a small slot through which the fuse box is fitted. These panels are fully fitted in both Kit 001 and the Comprehensive Kit. Please remember, the "propellor" panels fitted to the scuttle are standard fitment, those to the lower bulkhead are at additional cost.

This the cockpit side of the scuttle prior to fitting the glove box and the wiring loom etc. Once again, you can see the aperture that can be useful once the panels are removed from under the bonnet. 

Here we have a circle polished/engine turned dashboard panel. This is located into the scuttle flange using M5 socket button head screws (SBH). The main aperture is for the glove box door which will be fitted later in the build. To the right are holes for 80mm main instruments, smaller switches, and the more rectangular hole is for the steering column and column lighting/horn/dim dip switch. The dashboard is an extra, but is supplied in the Complete Kit, and in full builds of course. 

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