Happy With That.
More work on the scuttle, and I've at last resolved the fixing of the dashboard - both physically to the scuttle, and its final position.
This involved making provision for the dash to be supported along its lower edge.
I knocked up a slim channel section - always tedious to do by hand as you spend half your time fumbling around looking for bits to use as dies....
... but I'm happy with the result. The dash slips in the slot and there's still bags of room at the back for all the boxes of tricks and associated wiring. I've also added clips to the frame for fixing the top and sides.
Whilst the scuttle was on the bench, I took time to address the pedal box panel. I'd got a bit carried away in the initial build and cut out the floor of the driver's footwell, thinking that I would need access to the pedal arrangement. I later decided to use a set of pedals that were fixed to the top of the footwell and not the bottom. I made up a filler panel but was in two minds about how to attach it.
A couple of joggle sections sorted that out and made the panel removable which, as the accelerator pedal shaft comes from the chassis rail, will be handy for getting the mechanism in and out.
I popped a grease nipple into the pedal casting as it sits below the floor and is exposed to the weather.
So, things are shaping up quite nicely. I'm looking forward to veneering the dash and refacing the small gauges to match the gold finish on the Riley instruments .
The next major work - there's still plenty of detail to attend to - will be the position of the windscreen, allowing enough room for the demisting vents. I've taken these from an old 6/80 coaming that Mr Holmes donated to the cause. A spell in the sand blaster brought them up right lovely.
I've finally decided what I can use this control for. It's a ratcheted lever that provides for a stranded cable - perfect for the choke. I won't have to carry the ubiquitous wooden clothes peg - the go-to solution for ill-disciplined cables - to hold the choke open when warming up.
Sadly, the trademark impression doesn't reveal its maker.