I've been working away finishing off all the final details on my BN1 and resolving any final issues or deficiencies as I prepare the car to be inspected and safety certified for the road.
To start with I restored and repainted all 5 wheels and then had new Michelin XAS tires and tubes installed on the wheels...
The spare wheel fits nicely in its compartment and nicely fills the early BN1 style spare wheel pocket..
Next I began test fitting the early BN1 style boot seal, which glues in the shroud gutter.
This took lots of careful sanding down to get the seal thin enough so it doesn't interfere with the boot lid fit...
I also decided to hand paint the inner boot perimeter lip in dark blue as has been found on several early BN1's - presumably for cosmetic reasons..
Unfortunately I discovered contamination in the brake fluid - presumably from rust forming in the fluid reservoir that also harmed the master cylinder seals..
I sent the reservoir to be vapour blasted and then plated inside & out to protect from any rust.
I also decided to flush the rest of the system and replaced the master cylinder, flex hoses, and wheel cylinders just to be safe. With the minimal cost of these components, it seemed like the simplest and safest option.
This time around, I decided to remove the drums and shoes and used some C-clamps to hold all the wheel cylinders closed, making it much easier to bleed all the air out of the system...
My NOS Lucas headlamps were not making good contact where the bulb plugs in the back, so I had to modify the plugs to make a better fit.
I also installed some new LED bulbs that I sourced through "Dynamo & Regulator Conversions"
Thanks also to Michael Owen for supplying me with a replacement light switch - as mine turned out be faulty.
Now all the lighting and signals work correctly!
With all those things checked off the list, the next few weeks will see the car go in for inspection, safety, registration and insurance - Then, finally we'll be ready for the road - just in time for Spring! - I couldn't be happier!
Until next time -