Saturday June 3rd, 2006|
Panel Paint Musings; Heat Selector; Fitting Engine Mount
Today I set out to paint the instrument panel. It didn't happen. The paint I'm using is three-part: paint, reducer and hardener. I measured and poured the paint and reducer into the sprayer. When it came time for the hardener, I turned the can up and nothing came out. It was pretty solid inside. I guess I had a leak in the can. I'm going to have Jaime go by Sherwin William's Automotive on Monday (she works just down the street) and pick up some more hardener. I'm also going to have her get me some rattle can goodness that matches the paint I'm using. I can use the rattle can for small little painting jobs.
Next I removed the fuel pump (the one there was for a carb'd setup and I'm going injected, so I removed it. Strangely enough I was a little concerned about putting this doubler plate in there. I visited Scott Will's project earlier today and he has that plate installed. He got a full QB kit and the plate came in there. He ran the fuel line through the doubler.
Also in this picture notice the 2 inch hold I cut for the heat selector box.
Next I installed the heat selector box. This was pretty easy to do. I measured the proper distance from the edge of the hole to the nutplate (already installed) and drilled the hole. Then I bolted the heat selector into place and match-drilled the right hole. No biggie.
Ok, it's sort of hard to see in this picture, but today when I was visiting Scott Will's project he mentioned these rivets. I'm not aware of any callouts for this but you should really set these before installing your engine mount because they're almost unreachable after the mount is installed. The cowling does not attach in this area. This is the exit for the cooling air and is where the exhaust exits the cowling.
Next I taped the engine mount to the fuselage to begin the process of aligning it. Some people have reported major issues in this area.
And here's another view from the front.
...and from the right side.
Here you can see the interference issue with the engine mount and the lower rivets.
This is how the engine mount gets aligned. The SS firewall has pre-punched pilot holes for the engine mount bolts. The idea is to get them aligned with the mount holes. Gonna take a lot of tweaking if you ask me.