My box is empty! Time to drive!

The painter needed a couple more weeks before he could take the car so I applied for a VIN last week with ICBC. I thought the process was going to be long and complicated. I visited the insurance company and found the broker was a car guy, and knew exactly what to do. We got everything filed and I though we were on the way.

Turns out I was missing a Customs form…and thought oh no, here we go….missing forms, paper work etc. One email and 4 hours later I had the form, got it to ICBC and they confirmed everything was in order. The VIN was approved a couple days later and is ready for me.

So now I have an appointment on Friday for the Out of Province Inspection and if everything checks out, they will affix the VIN to the car. Once that is done, it can be registered and plated. To be able to get to the inspection, I have arranged a day permit insurance, so I can get there, then back to the insurance broker so he can do his part. Its a bit strange but the insurance guy has to view the car with the VIN installed before registering.

So this weekend I spent working on getting everything done that is necessary to pass the inspection. It was a busy weekend installing chrome parts to the body and finishing up things. This included the gas filler assembly, wipers, doors, licence plate and wiring, bumpers, hood latches, mirrors, trunk light which is on a cool little tilt switch so it goes on automatically and other misc items.

One thing I was unsure of was if I needed labels for all the switches so my kids got out the label maker and did up some temporary labels.

Aligning the doors and getting the door latches installed was one of those tasks that sounds easy, but took many hours to get correct.

The other task that was a bit tricky was to get the wipers drilled in the body, the mechanisms fabricated and lined up, and getting the whole thing working. Dana helped me with this which was great because it was starting to frustrate me. I had them close but they were not working fluidly. We got it all sorted out and with my son as the artificial rain maker, got them working perfect. They even park nicely.

After the weekend, my parts box is basically empty. It was a pretty good feeling, a stand and stare at the car and drink a beer good feeling. (Like the gas monkeys say “Blood Sweat and Beers!” I did all three this weekend.)

So here are a few pictures of things installed this week. The car looks fantastic, and I cant wait to drive it on Friday.

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Final touches before body goes on

I have not had much time to spend in the garage in the last 4 weeks, but this week I finally got back to it. I am working hard to get the car ready to go to paint.

The plan I have with the painter is to get the car as complete as complete as possible. This includes anything that needs to be done before the body goes on, then put the body on, mount and test fit all hardware on the body, remove it and take it to the painter. They will do the body work, then remove the body, paint it, and then we will together remount the body, and they will do the final door fitting etc. So by the time it leaves the painter, the body will be painted and mounted for the final time.

I had a tonne of to do items, some easy, some took longer. Lots of the 80/20 rule and lots of little items that I have been ignoring.

Things like:
-parking brake adjustment to tighten it better
-brake line clips around foot box
-fabricating the final panels over the driver footbox so it can be removed for servicing
-creating a door and locking mechanism for the glove box
-some electrical work under the dash
-clean up of wires in trunk
-mounting the center console and re-aligning dash
-mounting and fitting seatbelts, making sure my youngest can fit, and an adult also
-fitting the steering wheel length with seats in

We also got some good go carting in this weekend, doing some runs, making some adjustments etc.

The interior is complete for the most part, a couple bits on the steering wheel and glove box, but the carpet is all in, the seats are mounted for the final time and belts are in. The steering wheel needed some adjustments and the dash got moved around a bit.

Interior

Interior

Tomorrow the car is going in for alignment, then Thursday the body is going on. The next big challenge is the windshield. Many of them crack, they are not built well apparently, so there are lots of complicated tips to try to keep them from cracking. I am also going to start talking with ICBC about insurance and licensing. Very exciting!

Carpeting

As with everything lately, I completely under estimated the time and effort required to get the carpeting done.

I started with the trunk. The first order of business was to fabricate aluminum side panels for the top level of the truck. For some reason, Factory Five does not supply these. In this photo, the panels at the top were not supplied so we fabricated then painted and riveted in place. Also at this point I made sure the trunk did not have any holes in it anywhere, and was going to be as water proof to the best of our abilities.

Fabricated side panels

Fabricated side panels

After that, the entire trunk area was covered in Head shield / sound deadening material. This material is really shiny so in all the corners where there would be carpet seams, I sprayed black spray paint. This was a tip I read about, so if you have any small gaps in the carpet, it will be less obvious.

Trunk ready for carpet

Trunk ready for carpet

There were a few items in the trunk to work around. First of all, the battery box needs to be readily accessible. Second, the gas tank has two access panels that need to be available. (the access panels are the black circles in the lower part of the photo). Most of the carpet is glued down, but around that area we created a flap that Tracy seamed and we held it down with velcro.

The second was the lower trunk area, which is a higher traffic area for the trunk. It too is held down with velcro.

The final result is a nice clean trunk, but still everything is accessible when necessary. This whole process took way longer that i thought, but I am really happy with the end result.

Finished trunk

Finished trunk

We followed the same process for the interior, heat shield/sound dampering, spray paint the corners, then glue down the carpet.

Interior ready for carpet

Interior ready for carpet

Before carpeting could start, the center console glove box needed finalizing. This included cutting and installing the locking mechanism and finishing the carpet area around the opening so the carpet wont fray. This has been a bit of a challenge and I am not sure I have it all totally figured out quite yet as to how the door will work and look.

We only got about half the interior done so far. There are a few carpet pieces I want to sew on edging and velcro to before installing.

Interior carpeting work in progress

Interior carpeting work in progress

Once the carpeting is done, we will be close to getting the body back on and starting work on the wind sheild and other external parts before paint.

A few seat pics

On the weekend I finalized the seats and seat belt installation along with all the heat shield in the cockpit. This means I could get out the carpet and start to see what is involved with that. I am going to edge some of the carpet so it has a professional looking edge. I also need to purchase some carpet for the trunk along with install the heat shield.

I also got the brake lines replaced and re-bled. A while back I received the replacement brake lines since the original ones were recalled due some issue.

Seats and belts

Seats and belts

Seats and belts

Seats and belts