I thought that I'd take a break from the wedding to give you all an update on how 969 is coming along. The only issues so far have been a failing clutch slave cylinder (I should have fitted a new one at the outset) and the lower steering column support bush disintegrated (I should have fitted a new one in the first place). All in all the cars running like clockwork.
I've had the dash back out & I now have the doors hung correctly, opening & closing as a Dolomites doors should. As a result I also have a few new chips that I'll need to get repaired.
I do have the annoying issue of a resonating noise that comes in at 3200 RPM. I thought that it was the flywheel having been poorly balanced but there seems to be a good chance that it's the stainless steel exhaust system.
I finally got the carpets from Martrim. These have been re made using the origional central Hessian / Hardura (there are conflicting opinions what it is) section from the car and some new carpet matching the origional material & pile.
The footwell carpets were gained from a black early 1500TC carpet which just needed the edge trimming down to meet the profile of the tunnel & a brown early 1500TC carpet which was re covered with black carpet & also trimmed for the tunnel. These items came from Mick Dolphin.
I forgot to specify the anti wear patch on the tunnel carpet but other than that the carpets have turned out as close to origional as could be.
Oddly I've never said much about 969's interior or posted many pics so I'll post a few here.
The dash now has the radiomobile radio as fitted to the press cars.
No big issues from the engine which is running fine, temperature never getting above normal and usually just below. I have one noisy tappet which I suspect is as a result of snow grinding the pallets. We must have ground through the hardening on one pallet & it's worn thinner. I'll correct this when I re torque the head the week after next.
So the cars done 400 miles now; I'm going to get it up to 500 and then give it a general service, Oil & Filter etc. As above I'll re work the valve clearances and re torque the head at the same time.