More Clips, More Brakes, and More on the Battery Tray

More Clips, and More Brakes, and More on the Battery Tray.

I spent some more time making the aluminum clips to secure all the brake, fuel, and electrical lines under the car. Very tedious, time consuming work. Each clip is made from strips of aluminum, then they are fitted in place so a rough length can be determined. The aluminum strip is installed and removed several times to get the right contour of that particular bundle of tubes and wires.

It’s nice to see all these bundles running along the frame rails, but laying underneath the car fitting them all sure took a long time!

I went to the hardware store to buy some 40 mm long bolts to make a brake pedal stop. I cut the head off one of these bolts to replicate the way I found the original bolt.

This picture was taken in April of ’00, when I first discovered the original bent bolt.

Using a hacksaw, I made a new slot for a screwdriver.

One slight modification I made was to add a nut to the back side of the adjustment screw. This should give the bolt a little bit more strength to keep it from bending, and if it does bend, it will give me something to grab and turn to back the bolt out the back way. Hopefully my logic is right.

I prepared the battery box area so I can mount a new battery box frame. All the bolts had to be drilled out, and you can see two of the holes in the foreground, one of them being on the bracket on the left. I’ll have to hunt down some hardware to replace all the ones I drilled out or are too rusty to reuse.

François hasn’t had time to weld my bottom bracket piece yet, but I made the top frame piece out of the thinner 1/16th inch sheet metal to add to his to-be-welded pile.

A neat car at François’ today was a 288 GTO. Pictures of this car really don’t do it justice. I used to think one of the disadvantages of this car is it could easily me mistaken for a 308, but I couldn’t be more wrong! This car exudes raw muscle. Every curve of the bodywork seems to end in a angular crease. It’s proportions and size are more like a Boxer than any of the V-8 powered cars.

The turbocharged V-8 engine on this car is longitudinally mounted, so you can see the gearbox poking out below of the rear valence. Very cool.

If François doesn’t have to give it back to the customer soon, I’m going to see if I can get me, and you (virtually) a ride!

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