Category Archives: 1983 Ninety

Car 2 : Interior Light Upgrades

Well after looking at a few sites talking about lighting upgrades I decided its a route i would go down for the rebuild.

For the dashboard I purchased a pack of 8 XENON WHITE SMD LED 501 T10 W5W WEDGE CANBUS ERROR FREE SIDE LIGHT BULBS from eBay  after watching this video on youtube decided it was a 5 minute job so off I went.

Undid 4 screws holding the binnacle, disconnected the speedo cable and then twisted the bulbs out and slotted in the new LED’s checking as i went that they worked.  Reconnecting the speedo and putting the screws back in, then waited for it to go dark to check the result.

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It’s much improved over the original!

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I have also wired in strips of LED lights to the interior lighting which is an improvement on the original light.  I will get a picture of this over the next couple of days.

One final touch I made was to feed a string of blue LED’s in to the chassis and connect up to a switch that highlights the Richards Chassis logo, this is the result.

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Car 2 : Next Steps

Well now the car is taxed, tested and insured, the post rebuild job list is building:

Body Work – Need to find the part number of the clips that secure the front door galv trims so they can be put back on.

We now have the part number just need to go about fitting them.  Part is MUC3186.

Fuel Gauge – Not working, will replace sender as one of the spades snapped off.

Speedo Cable – Didn’t give accurate reading on way to MOT, tried resitting in to the dial, if this doesn’t solve the problem I will replace cable.

Resolved – The refitting has solved it and now getting an accurate reading.

Thermostat – Replaced during rebuild but wasn’t opening at temperature so will replace again.

Exhaust – Is causing vibrations through the car so want to fit a small length of flex to the down pipe to help reduce vibration.

Air Intake – The position of the air filter meant that with the bonnet shut it was being pressed against the alternator and bonnet causing engine vibration to transfer to body work. We are going to look at a couple of options for this so that the air intake is as waterproof as we can get it.

Rocker Cover – There is a small leak from the rocker cover, I think a britpart component was fitted last time so will look to replace with a genuine item and hopefully sort that advisory out.

PAS Box – The leak on the return pipe i think is down to a missing o ring, so we are going to try and fit one see if that solves the problem, if not spend the money on the correct pipe for the job.

Audio – Need to refit the cars radio for entertaining on trips.

Off Road Prep – I still have a steering and 2 diff guards to fit back to the car, which should help protect when I go off road again.  Also have a CB radio to fit to the dashboard

Security Devices – we have a couple of security devices fitted to the car already, we will be looking to add more to this for extra peace of mind.

Towing Equipment – at the moment no towing equipment has been fitted to the car so this is something that will be looked at.

Slightly longer term items will be:

Winch bumper – while purchasing parts a couple of months back I tempted myself into buying a Huskey winch, so in time we will be looking to make a suitable winch bumper for the car.

Interior – One thing i didn’t look at during the rebuild were the seats.  they could do with re trimming as the backs have split, also the frames could do with painting.  We are also going to look at seating ideas for the back of the car.

Car 2 : Rock Sliders

Well as the car will be used for off roading at times we decided to make some rock sliders like we had fitted to the car before the rebuild.  We were unable to re use the originals as fitting involved a big sledge hammer to knock one of the fixings in to the rear tubular outrigger.

This time round we got hold of some 80 x 40 3 mm box section, measured the lengths between wheel arches and cut to length.  The fixing for the sliders were to be the tubular outrigger at the back and the bulkhead at the front.

So with some handy extra bits of pipe and 80 mm angle we made the mounting plates and clamped up the sliders, tacking them all together before removing from the car and welding fully.  Handily at the time dads work were prepping a job for galvanizing and the bosses kindly let us put the sliders in with that.

On Friday i got a phone call saying that the sliders had been returned and looked good, so a small job for the weekend was fitting them, also swapping the bolts in the bulkhead over.

As Saturday was a nice sunny day it took all of about 30 minutes to fit them and it looks great, we just need to modify the wheel arch eyebrows to fit correctly.

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Car 2 : MOT test

We’ll best laid plans for an MOT Saturday morning went out the window when the garage said all slots were taken. But they had some today late on.

So I took the offer of a 4:15 slot, after a quick check of all the lights and other critical bits set off for the test station.

On the way we stopped briefly as the engine started running a bit warm, letting it cool we then got to the test.

Left the car for a good while while looking at the freshly galvanised rock sliders that returned today, more about those over the weekend as they are fitted.

Upon our return to the test centre we were greeted with smiles and good news. The car had passed with 2 advisories, one for an oil leek we think is coming from the rocker cover. The second is a pas fluid leak coming from the top of the box where our new pipe is bolted in.

So now the car is passed we will look to solve the little issues noticed on the road and tax the car from Thursday 1st May.

Car 2 : Nearing Completion

Well with few updates recently jobs have been smaller and less noticeable.

Rear lights, we have fitted the remaining rear lights, fog, reverse and number plate lights, also rear number plate.

At the front, we have had the old bumper shot blasted for £20 at Impact Bead Blasting in Wallasey, a great quality finish, that was then spray primed and top coated in black.  A new number plate bolted on and then the bumper bolted to the chassis with the original recovery points.  This required 2 x bumper fixing plates which were britpart items and 4 x M10 x 130mm bolts.

The front lighting was wired in, but we had some faults, this came down to faulty connections in wiring and the fuses, some re soldering and cleaning of the fuse box sorted this out.

Interior, we started refitting the interior of the car, head lining, sun visors, cubby box.  these were all simple bolt in items and fitted in no time.

One of the major jobs was after running the car for a while steam started appearing from the heater matrix and through the vents inside the car.  After  bit of digging found a small hole in the heater matrix radiator which was replaced with Paddocks Spares part – AAP817.  This so far appears to have worked no more steam or leeks.

Most work recently has been taken up with fitting anti theft devices to the car which obviously we don’t want to detail on the blog, but we think they are pretty handy and should deter most people looking to take the car.

Pictures shall be added shortly

The plan for the car is to have in for MOT and tax the first week of May.

Car 1 : Bumper Bank Holiday Update

Well its been a few weeks since the last updates on the blog and boy have things moved on recently!

With the long bank holiday weekend ahead progress started on Thursday evening, the removal of the tub rear cross member, this has been replaced with a stainless steel and riveted in place.  Also fitted are 3 x britpart tub floor supports and new rear quater pannels from the same material as the tub for car 2.

Then it was time for primer and top coat, as bright as the bulkhead looked the tub shows it off even more but it still looks good.

A second coat will be added then black cappings rivetted back on.

Also the repair for the battery box has been put back in to the seat box.  this will be bolted on to the tub soon.

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Car 2 : Doors closed

Well we have been working away on the shut lines of the car the last couple of weeks, we weren’t happy with a banana in the sides of the body work, so we unbolted it all and played around with moving the panels.

Firstly we tried moving the tub forward as this was the biggest part we had changed. To get straight involved a 10 mm gap between the rear x member and the tub. This caused problems with appearance and also the door openings.

Next we tried 4 washers between the bulkhead and the outrigger on the near side. This allowed the tub to sit back fully with the doors shut but the bonnet wouldn’t close.

The final solution we came up with was to use 2 washers at the bulkhead and also space the near side wing a little, this allows for good door gaps, the bonnet to open and close without issue. After a bit more tinkering with final positions we tightened it all down and began fitting the door strikers and door seals.

After discussing with my normal parts supplier he said he couldn’t get hold of any AllMakes door seals that were recommended in the mud4fun blog, so for now i will settle with britpart. So on they went too, the fronts appeared to be a good fit, the rear one was a little long so shortened it to suit.

With all the doors shut we then put all the bolts back in and re tested the doors, for now they are a bit stiff but expect this to ease up after a bit of use.

As the weather was nice we also took the chance to paint the new light surrounds and front grill then fitted.

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Next job will be to start working on electrical bits, get all the lights working again.

Car 2 : Half Term Progress

 

Well after a few quiet weeks busy with work and other jobs I had a week off so decided to make plenty of progress with the car.

This week we have re fitted the glass in the back of the car, bolted the body work down, wings bolted in place, checker plate riveted back to the wings.

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In the process of putting the off side rear wing in place we noticed a small drip of power steering fluid, so we tightened the pipe a bit more and a couple of minutes later the fluid was pouring out.

After a small amount of investigation we noticed a split in the metal hose, so a trip to the parts supplier resulted in the purchase of NTC8861 which is a hose from a 4 bolt power steering box instead of the 3 i have fitted.  Initially the new hose wouldn’t fit but after a small adaptation with a grinder the pipe fitted and refilled with no issues.

The photo below shows the new pipe fitted.

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After putting time in over the week we feel we have made some big progress and hopefully carry on with the refitting of the doors and bonnet so will look even better then.

Sunday progress

Well we rebuilt and returned the doors to the car today and it really looks like its getting there.

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We also fitted the bonnet back on

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Next up we are going to loosen everything up a bit and correct alignment, the tub is slightly wonky so the doors look out of line so we will correct this and hopefully realign right

Car 2 : Door Repairs

Well after a couple of weeks work we have finished doing the metal repairs to the doors.

Where needed the doors have had the rusty frame cut out and replaced with home made sections.

The N/S door was in need of a lot of work we replaced almost half the frame.

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The O/S door only required the bottom replacing

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The Rear door was a little rusty plus also bent from a small collision a couple of years ago with a metal bollard.  The rear door also had its main skin replaced as it was in too bad a state and not too expensive to buy.

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The front doors could do with new skins in time but the best price that we can find at the moment is £114 each, so it may be a plan in the future to make some ourselves.

Soon we will be prepping the doors for painting then can be taken to the car after being built up again.

Car 2 : Roof

When painting the car there was discussions over what colour to paint the roof, should we go white like the original scheme or should we body colour similar to the more modern cars.

To add a bit of contrast to all the blue we decided to paint it original white also known as Ivory White.  So a trip to Car Paint UK with the name and the LRC code and they mixed up 2 liters for us.   This was primed and sprayed over a weekend then put wrapped up as we weren’t finished just yet.

To add a unique look to the car we decided that the strengthening bars on the top could be painted the same blue as the body work.  So we masked up the bits in between and got busy with the brush.

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After leaving to dry for the night we came back and weren’t 100% happy with the finish, so out with the wet and dry and then mixed up a small amount of blue to spray.

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The spray was giving a much nicer finish so after a number of coats again left to dry over night.  When we came back to it the finish was much more uniform and smoother than the brush.

The next job was removing all the masking and see how it looked in the end.  We weren’t disappointed by how it looked.

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There was a bit of running off the bars but as its the roof we weren’t that bothered, if we decide in the future to neaten it can be reverse masked and either sprayed white again or just touched in with a brush.

Then all that was left was to take the roof from the workshop to the build and store in the safest place possible.

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With a couple of bolts holding it in place it now won’t fall off and shouldn’t get scratched up there.