Dateline - 06-10-2017 - As you can tell from the title, I did a lot of different things to the car this weekend. First, I continued to trace down the gas smell in the trunk. First, I pulled off the left outer fender valence to see if gas was leaking from the fittings in the take. Nothing there. So I replaced the gas filters in the tank with new metal based filters. Not sure if that fixed the problem or not. One thing I can say, this new gas, with all this alcohol in it, is really tough on plastic and rubber. I put brand new Gates fuel lines in the car and they are now very soft! And the plastic fuel filters I had in the car have really softened too. I can't imagine what it its going to be line when they pass the E-15 standard. I know they say it will ruin any car prior to 2000 because the alcohol will melt plastic and rubber parts. I believe it!
I also worked on the two cross members that go from the fenders to the firewall. I mentioned a couple of blog entries back that I spent some time grinding on the horrible welds that they did on these pieces. This weekend I used some body filler to smooth out the finish and just need to do some finish sanding before I paint these up with gloss black paint. They already look much better than what Jaguar put there!
I also worked on the back of the car. I started looking at installing the reading lights in the back, but realized that I need a 90 degree drill to get to the areas I to mount the lights. Wish I know about this before installing the back windscreen! I guess I have an excuse to buy another tool! Can't have enough tools.
Since I couldn't work on lights, I switched to working on the center console. I got the cup holder I had ordered from Amazon that comes out of jeep and found that, with a little cutting, it worked perfect for where I wanted it. Next, I broke out the pink foam and framed up the pieces for the center console, incorporating the cup holder into it. Now that the framework done, I can break out the fiberglass! More fiberglass! Here are pictures of the center console in pink foam:
I have made the decision that I am not going to enter the car into the Greenwood show this year. It was a close call, but with all that I have going on right now, and the state of the car, it just doesn't look like I will make it. But next year the car will be completely done and it will be good and ready!