I really didn't feel like working after work today. But I hate to lose a nice, warm day in October, so I made myself go out and do a few odds and ends. Sorta therapeutic.
The Borgeson u-joints came in late last week. I had measured the shaft on the MII unit fairly easily. Counting the number of splines was a little more difficult. Anyway, I wanted to verify the fit of the new joint. Works great. I should have steering by maybe the end of the upcoming weekend.
I also want to route the trunk release cable and the wiring harness through the roof channel on the driver's side. This is where the factory ran it in 41. So, I pulled the headliner off the tack strips. The guy who stapled it in must have subscribed to the "if some is good, more is better, and too much is just enough" philosophy. There was a ton of staples. Anyway, once removed, I pulled the old, cloth covered wiring out. What a dusty, brittle mess.
The trunk lid striker needed a spacer made. Due to the way the trunk lid closes, having the washer at the end of the stock shoulder would result in the washer dragging on the latch cover when opening and closing. I made a short spacer out of 1/2" stainless steel tube. I have some other tweaks to finish before I box in the hole in the trunk inner structure.
With the latch attached to the floor, it was time to work on the trunk lid portion of the assembly.
The trunk lid needed a portion of the inner structure cut away to clear the latch and cover on the trunk floor. Once the cuts were made so the trunk lid would close all the way, the location of the striker was established and hole was drilled in the inner frame sheet metal. After a great deal of trial and error, a nut was welded to the sheet metal. At last, the trunk closed and latched. Now that the location is known, the opening will be boxed in and a permanent nut will be welded in place.
The good news is that the striker barely extends past the inner surface of the inner panel of the trunk lid. No where close to the tail hook I would have had to build for the other style latch. I fell a lot better about this arrangement over what I had previously put in.
I kept thinking about creasing my skull with the tail hook I would have to build for the latch I installed 2 weeks ago. I finally decided to go a different way. So I got a Bear Claw small trunk latch kit.
The bracket was made from a scrap piece of 2 x 3 x 1/8 rectangular tubing. It was welded to the bottom of the cross brace with a fillet across the edge and two rosettes. Simple and easy to make but strong.
The panel removed from the floor was broke slightly. an extension and a couple of sides were fashioned and welded to the piece. A flange of 3/4" wide 18 ga. was welded to the front edge of the floor to support the front edge of the panel.
All that remains is to weld three more flanges to fully support the panel and add some sheet metal screws. The cable will need to be threaded into the channel and attached a bracket which will be welded to the channel. A solenoid will also be added.
It was warm today and I had a couple of hours after work. Decided to build some hood spring tools to save some money over buying them. I got one built and tried out. It works, but I am not sure how robust it is. I don't need it allowing the spring to shoot off once the car is painted. I will probably break down and buy one.
The evening wasn't a total waste. The downstairs bathroom sink has had a loose hot water handle since we moved in. I could never figure out how it attached. Since it wasn't very loose, I just let it go. Tonight, when I went to clean up, it popped off in my hand. So I had to figure out how it worked. Turned out to be a pretty easy fix. The handle is tight now.
I have also attached the dash layout I have assembled. I will be buying the stereo later this week. Next week I should have all the holes laser or water jet cut.