20 Jan 2013

The fiberglass nose, front cover, and ribs were assembled into its complete hinge-up assembly. Then the side panels were permanently attached, the driver’s side firewall put into place and the seatbelts installed. Thin stainless sheet was formed into wear-protection strips where people will be sliding in and out – may as well protect it right from the start as the paint would get scuffed fairly quickly.

Even after all the panels are in there’s a nagging list of odds and ends, such as scaling the oil pressure sensor. It was done initially using the weenie air pressure gauge on my air compressor, so there’s no way it’s accurate and needs doing before any serious driving. As mentioned before the fuel level sensor still hasn’t been calibrated. However, the biggest irritation involves vehicle speed, which is calculated by the Honda engine computer and is already supplied in the data packet containing all the other system parameters, so what’s the problem? For some strange reason the flat dash manufacturer didn’t bother to parse speed out even though they have a speedometer! Asked about it they said that they would add it – that was two years ago. Now they say that to make it work will require all new hardware… seriously? There are two ways round it. Either use the GPS to calculate speed – which means there would be no odometer, or wire in a sensor of my own – which was the point of the flat dash, to not have to add my own sensors.

Slowly working through the Materials chapter, listing what and how much of every component is required. It’s not much fun but has to be done.

Lastly, a few people mentioned that – without the nose – how much the car looks like a 1930s-based hotrod, especially without the fenders. I attached the nose to the assembly with small screws which allows swapping it out for repair… or perhaps replacement with an aluminum nose that has more of a hot rod look. That’ll definitely be for later.