It has been a while since the last update but I have made some slow progress.
I have made some slow progress on the Sprint's structural repairs, the nearside sill rebuild is getting there,
the middle diaphragm and lower section have been done. It is pretty hard going being rather tedious......
all the cutting, making sections and welding.
If I was having to do a lot of this work I would invest in a plasma cutter and make one of they cradles for rotating the body shell!
The pattern full sill I acquired is not a bad fit but having said that it still needs some work to fit,
the gap between the door's lower edge is a bit big but I will be able to address that when I repair the door itself,
said door edge needs to be about 4mm lower than it is.
The leading edge of the front door catches on the sill step as the door is opened,
therefore a little alteration to the sill is necessary, which of course is no real hardship.
(The jack is from a Renault 19. At the risk of sounding sarcastic, it is the best part of the Renault.
It is really useful for raising cars to permit trolley jack access. It is much easier to use than the one Triumph supplied.
I made an adapter onto which I have attached a block of wood, making it more versatile.)
Away from the sill repairs I have looking at other things including making a bracket to support a proper header tank.
The standard Dolomite "expansion tank" is at best a rubbish design, so I am employing one from a Volvo 850 mounted
onto the nearside strut turret, this being as high a position the standard engine bay permits.
This tank incorporates a low level warning sensor which I will wire to a warning light.
8mm mild steel round bar was used for the bracket.
The offside engine mount is badly needing replacement. Unfortunately, as everyone knows, new OE ones are no longer made and
the pattern replacements apparently don't last any time at all.
Therefore I have been thinking of making one or using an alternative.
A Mazda MX5 mount looked viable but, having bought one and examined it, I am unconvinced it is man enough
to do the job, given that it is considerably smaller than the Sprint one, although it could work on the nearside?
(I have just realised photos would help explain this.....)
Once I have finished the nearside sill I will turn the car around to work on the offside
and then support the engine whilst the offside mount is removed pending replacement.
I can then use the mount to act as a guide for a support bracket that I will use when fabricating a new mount.