Long Pause

Posted: 28th October 2012 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v
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Been up to my eyeballs in work for the last month or so and getting very little time to work on the car. In fact haven’t been down to the garage for more than a few hours in all that time. Managed a few hours this afternoon which was a welcome relief.

In the mean time I’ve been working on a few little bits and pieces that I could do late in the evenings. First up I needed a mounting bracket to fit the Dash2 in the instrument binnacle. Following several rough cardboard versions, I made one prototype in alloy before the final one was made:

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Fitted together as per the photos, there’s an access hole in the back of the binnacle for the two parts of the loom to connect. I’ll put some edging around it so that the carbon doesn’t chafe the wiring.

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After a lot of planning and an initial failed attempt, finalised the steering wheel wiring. I ditched the earlier cable which seemed to be a coiled keyboard lead that had been purchased (although it came from a reputable motorsport electronics specialist) – the signal wires were just too flimsy and I could see no way it would last in a rally car build. The new one was sourced from a specialist in the Netherlands. It’s securely anchored to the wheel giving the wiring plenty of strain relief. Fitted with Cannon ITT Neptune connectors wired in and ready to plug and play 🙂

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A while back some one PM’d me to ask if you could fit a Corsa C EPAS without having to cut the dash. I think I said yes. What I should have said was no, but you don’t need to cut too much out to get it to fit.

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As you can see form the photo unfortunately the flocking that Raj did is flaking off in big patches. This was one of his early ones, I don’t think he’d perfected the plastic priming process then. Hopefully it won’t be too much of a job to get it redone. With the dash in, it was time to check out the new drivers view…

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Finished off the day chopping loads out of the back of the dash. No heater in the car and heated screen going in so there’s no need for any of the built in ducting. I had already cut a kilo out of it reckon that there’s quite a bit more that come out of it.