January 18, 2007
These bolt action
latches for the tail, just came back from the platers. We
had one original one and had to make all the others.
The third set is for 904-119.
Andy is just finishing pulling the wiring harness through
the bottom of the car.
Looks like a mess, but Andy knows where every wire goes.
Here's a shot of
the headlight and horn harness, which gets held in with the
little metal tabs. Andy is just bending a tab over to hold
the wire in place. These tabs are not painted, they are either
phosphate or black oxide in color, which means a little moisture
and they're going to start to rust. This is how they did it...this
is how we do it.
When the fuel tank
is in, you don't see much of these wires anyway.
Now that the dash
is installed, Andy will dunk the gauges in.
He's got the switches
drilled through. As soon as I give him the O.K., he'll hook
them up. We are multi-tasking at Gunnar Racing right now,
not trying to make one customer happy, but all the customers
one step from being pissed.
Andy has cleaned
up the fuse panel and pop-riveted the wire stays under the
It's back to the
suspension. We will hook the emergency brakes into 090 first.
Here, the shocks are finished are ready to be installed. These
shocks are Koni's, which is why they are black. When the car
was delivered, this is what they looked like. When you bought
Koni's after market, they would be Koni red.
is almost completed and the first set of emergency brakes
As you can see, the brake cable is hooked up to the brake
Everything is a
trial fit to make sure all the pieces we made will fit both
The brake discs
are machined and ready for paint. If you noticed pictures
from 068, these are all done together.
Andy now has the
brake caliper on with the rear shock.
Just more shots
of the front & rear suspension.
Here are some of
the pieces, which are the same for 068.
seen these pictures before if you saw the last update on 068.
We make multiples of the parts.
Remember, 119 needs an emergency brake too.
when these cars were being raced in America, all of these
parts were garaged and nobody cared. Boy, do I care today.
The time we've spent making these parts is not billed to the
customer because I bid the car to be delivered complete. When
there's an oversight, I consider it part of the job. I hope
the customers consider all the oversights part of the job
too because it takes time to do these tedious little tasks.
The great thing about my customers is most of the time they
are very understanding (was I just kissing their ass?).
know if we've ever installed an emergency brake system in
a 904, but boy have we learned to do it now.
There is a boot
missing that covers the mechanism inside the handle. I have
a used one, but it's harder than Japanese arithmetic. I'll
try to get them made, but I bet it will be expensive. Any
of you out there thinking you have a few of them, call me
on my private phone...ha ha!
Inch by inch, it
gets us to the next stage where we have to install the oil
tank and the oil lines. And I thought the emergency brake
was time consuming! Both the engines for 068 and 090 are built
to the pistons and cylinders. One set of heads is finished
and the other set is almost done. So, engines are being built
while the chassis's are being finished. Thank you for being
patient with our updates. We will increase them in the weeks
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