Wow. It has been over 4-1/2 months since I posted.
We had a particularly long and hard winter. Around the first of March it looked like I would be able to get out and start working. I went out to straighten up a few things on March 6 so that when I returned from a business trip scheduled for March 7 through March 12, I could start working.
As I was leaving, I stepped over two boxes. Almost. I attempted to catch myself from the stumble but soon realized my legs were interlocked in such a way so that I couldn't move either one. I was going down. I heard a crack just before I hit the floor.
The trip to the emergency room confirmed by x-ray that the crack I heard was an actual crack in my lateral malleolus, the lower part of the fibula at the ankle.
As of yesterday, I can begin putting weight on it. I will have to wear the boot for another 4 weeks minimum. I can wean myself off the crutches as the pain permits.
With all the combustibles the boot is made of, I can't weld. It is also cumbersome to move around with. I will probably start wiring the dash in a week or so. The heavy work is going to have to wait until June.
I also straightened up the garage a little so I will be able to put the daily drivers in to keep them out of the ice and reduce the amount of scraping we have to do. Not quite there, but this time next week they should both be in the garage.
Actual work on the car was minimal. Somehow, when I assembled the right window box, I forgot to weld on the arm rest support bracket. The measurements from the left side were transferred. The area on the box and the back of the bracket got a coat of weld through primer. Two wet rags were put in the box in order to minimize the damage to the POR 15 and the seam sealer. The welds are necessarily pretty, but they are strong enough to hold the arm rest.
Shorter and colder days means that less gets done.
Today I made all the flanges for the two access panels. The tailpan had holes drilled in it and the plug welds were made. While all of mine are not perfect, I did put in a couple of nice ones today. I just had to post a photo of one.
The holes in the covers were punched and the holes in the tailpan were drilled. Sheet metal screws were installed. Some fancy cutting and fitting was required on the actuator cover opening. In the end, I was short a couple of screws. An excuse for another trip to Best Hardware.
A cold front is coming in. This may have been the last decent day to work outside. I think the front came in about 4, because it got pretty chilly.
I wanted to get the fuse box located and the dash removed. I can build the dash harness inside where it is warm this winter.
After looking at the underside for a while, it looked like the easiest thing to do would be to build a bracket to attach to the brake pedal support.
The scrap pile yielded a section of 2 x 3 rectangular tubing. After a few quick cuts and some drill and riv-nut work, I had my bracket. The tubing provides nice rounded corners to prevent wire chaffing.
With the bracket mounted and the fuse box installed, the dash wires were separated out and marked as to where they reached the dash. The dash was removed. A nice, cold winter's day project is ready to go.
The cable from the control unit in the dash reached the trunk, but just barely. The main unit would have to mount on the package shelf or the bulkhead. Since the package shelf would have forced the speakers close together, the bulkhead was chosen. The bulkhead has a bead rolled in it which would interfere with the unit. So I snagged the 3/4" square aluminum tubing from the failed attempt using it to mount the radiator and cut some short sections, drilled holes in them, and put in riv-nuts. I will need to work out the antenna, the remote control unit, and the speaker wires. But the big issue of getting a unit to fit the car is done.