Classic Car Articles
Classic Car Project Nomad #46
One step forward, six back. The months are slipping by in the build and we are still going over old ground to sort out the mess created in the past. The problem is compounded by what you find. A good example of this is the exhaust headers, which when built I described as a piece of art. They were and still are. The problem is they were fitted without any gaskets, never torqued to spec and would have leaked.
When Graeme was addressing the bolts on the steering rack he took it off to have a better look and the universals on the steering rod had never been tightened up. This sadly has you looking at everything in minute detail as death through loss of steering isnít a positive outlook. The more you look, the more you find.
In what can only be assumed was a brain snap Quickfit Motorsport had installed the fuel line along the top of the chassis rail. When the body was lowered onto the chassis the fuel line was wedged hard between the rail and floor. To the engineer this is a total no-no and the same applies from a safety and common sense perspective. Given Project Nomad left Quickfit with the body on it is clear they either donít know what they are doing, donít care, donít think things through, lack expertise and common sense or as I suspect - option E, all of the above.
On a positive note the gearbox is now reinstalled and the clutch has all the plumbing in place. The exhaust is off and gone, being the wrong diameter with under specked cats. New hangers are installed and the last piece of the jigsaw will be the new pipes. The fuel pump has been replaced and the new fuel delivery system will meet the requirements of the LS2.
The studs on all four wheels have been drilled and squared up as there was a drama with the company that provided the rear end and the way in which they drilled the stud retainers in the axles. One on each side was unusable as they had been drilled on an angle and with the help of an engineer Graeme has this resolved along with the scraping calipers. The brake line leaks have been fixed and slowly it is coming together but even my revised schedule is now six months late...... has anybody got some patience they could spare?
Words by Mark, proprietor of Classic Car Gurus