Finished the fuel tank cover off with a realistic looking vent, which I molded out of fiberglass and resin.
Spent a few recent weekends away from Projekt Spyder. My MG needed attention (the engine came out and went back in twice because I botched a head gasket job) and family obligations intervened.
Still, progress was made.
Spent several hours this weekend working on the sway bar mounts. About 90 percent done.
Since installing the engine a month ago I’ve gotten into the wires, got my new tires mounted on my new rims, and messed about with a front sway bar.
I also replaced the head gaskets on Bridget, my fake, Subaru-powered MGTD—which didn’t work, obligating me to pull that engine back out and try again.
Bottom line: I drove my 220,000-mile Nissan truck to the Carlisle Import and Performance Nationals this year, as neither of my “cool cars” was in running condition. Continue reading
We got the engine in the Spyder last week with a little help from my friend Cory. But then there was a problem: The two lower motor mount bolts bottomed out on the crossmember and could not be tightened.
Spent a few hours during the week re-doing part of my shift linkage bracket, touching-up the paint out behind the firewall, installing a few things, checking some other things and pulling out the transaxle to mate with the engine.
Tommy Martin delivered my painted Spyder to my garage this morning at about 10 a.m. The Voodoo Blue looks stunning on this car, and he did a superior job laying on the clear and buffing it smooth.
Two Sundays ago I saddled up the Spyder on my friend Cory Drake’s car carrier, rented a UHaul truck and towed it 120 miles to the home shop of a guy named Tommy Martin.
This is sort of a vestigial post about my now abandoned (?) effort at making a proper(ish) center mount fan shroud for the Spyder. I post it now because there is renewed interest in this project from other Spyder guys, and because the One Guy who supposedly had tooled up to manufacture these and sell them for $1,500 a throw has, after years of promises, not yet done so.*
Let’s begin with the gold standard. (links to video)
It was a productive weekend for Projekt Spyder.
I spent about nine hours bending metal.
Here is the photographic evidence.