BasketCases 62 948 Sprite: Project Moneypit
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The chipper fellow working upon my carbies is Don Robinson, sure was glad he came over to help. Actually came over so I could help him it seems. VERY experienced, a heck of a mechanic and all around good guy. THANKS a million Don!
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IT'S ALIVE!!! My camera "froze" the fan blades motion, it is running here though. Maybe the carb pistons would be a give away, slightly raised as they are.
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Same pic as before, can't believe my cheap digital camera can freeze the fan blade position.
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This seems a bit out of sequence. After getting it running on the jack stands, this is a pic I took "just" before lowering it to the ground to drive it. All the wheels are now on. The tires were installed a few weeks ago by friend Nick Olsen, a Mercedes mechanic. THANKS Nick! Tires are from Coker, repro Firestones, close as i could get appearance wise to the original Dunlops.
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Last picture I took for the day, after driving up and down the street, etc. Last run was the best, we had the #2 and 3 plug wires reversed. Thanks to David Lieb for the tip on this. Runs great now! I didn't get a pic from behind the wheel, should have done that, maybe tomorrow. Here it is on it's wheels. Let the reconstruction begin!
Also wanted to add a thanks to Biff Jones from Maryland, he owns a very special Mk2 Sprite "Ol' Gray" (look it up on the net) which is as complete and original as one of these can be, only 1700 or so miles! I am constantly pestering him for details in an effort to get mine as correct as I can, and Biff is always more than willing, even though I sometimes really needle him about certain things. Thanks Much Biff!
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Here is the carpet all laid out. I'm in Wisconsin so am going to wait for a little warmer weather to install it. The trim shop made this up special for me. Using information again from Biff, I did the best I could at getting an accurate pattern made, especially for the behind-the-seat area. The front area and transmission tunnel I was less picky about, as this was originally rubber matting, so won't be original anyways. i did have them put a heel pad on both sides since the original matting has what looks like a heel pad on both sides. The carpet is nylon loop, not a cut pile. I'll get pictures after it's installed.
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Just a picture of the first seat i have done. Well, almost done. I had huge problems with the seats, mainly from rust damage of course. Leaky ol British cars aren't known for interior parts surviving that well. Everything needed rerusting, the seat pans needed replacement, new padding, etc. The covers first were shipped wrong, then I had big problems with the correct covers. I did put the covers on using the original D-type clips. I'm happy with the end result, but man, it sure was alot of work. I think the other seat will go easier after the experience with this one.
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Pic of the left wheel arch. This is where Biffs advice really helped. Most of the carpet companies will have this piece as part of the kit. The next couple pictures show the real difference in the usual kits and the way it was really done when these cars were new. You can also see the seatbelt reinforcement studs. I cleaned the threads AFTER I installed the carpet, and for a very good reason. I forget to do it before I installed the carpet. Duh.
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OK, so here is the next piece of carpet I added. Just covers the reinforcement all the way to the floor and over to the side panel. The "lift the dot" stud is installed also, can just barely see it poking through the carpet. The threads are cleaned for the seatbelt bracket, I just have the arch bracket on there loosely for now. Am planning on getting 3 point belts, just feel better about having them even though it's not a requirement for this old of a car. The other side will be like this side, and just one larger piece in the middle.
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