27 Mar 2011

Fab’d and mounted the seatbelt shoulder mounts and main lap mounts. The submarine belt mounts have to wait until the belts are on-hand (this week) because it’s unclear where exactly the ends go. There’s little room under the seats so the brackets need to be “aimed right” so that the belts pass properly through the seat frame cutouts.

Also mounted the fire extingusher – under the front edge of the passenger seat. It’t a good place for it, virtually on the floor for low CG, opposite me to help balance out the weight, and best of all, it’s out of sight from passerbys who might have sticky fingers.

21 Mar 2011

Whittling away at the list of odds and ends: mounted the loud-as-hell horn (130 dB!) It has a really odd mounting point and it was tempting to just tie-wrap it to a tube. However, vibration would just wear off the powdercoat, I didn’t want it blocking hot air exiting the radiator, and since it’s kind of heavy, it deserved a robust mount out where it can direct all its noise out the front grill. Also added a terminal strip in the area above the fuel tank where a bunch of odds-and-ends come together. The third brake light blinker, fuel sender, and spares for whatever’s being forgotten, so there’s spare +12V and Gnd connections. The entire harness will be properly wrapped once the electrical system is fully vetted.

13 Mar 2011

The lighting system is done – finally. Used a headlamp with an internal turn and park bulb, a neat assembly though not real cheap. However, it avoids trying to figure out where to mount separate parking lights. A number of Locost builders have tried using modern-looking headlights, but after all the work they don’t look any better to me, so Midlana gets the traditional look. Besides, it helps the car look like a Seven and less like something where the DMV might start asking questions. As always, you’re free do as you wish on <em>your</em> car 😉

Connecting the lamp assemblies to the chassis was a combination of practicality with a sensitive to to it being out where everyone can see it, or just call it my OCD thing of deciding something has to be a certain way. The setup allows the lamps to be quickly removed for track use, unlike how the lamps were originally, with the wires running down through the hollow mounting bolt that prevented their removal altogether.

5 Mar 2011

Done. Middle picture is running lights only, right-hand picture is with the brakes on, which sort of shouts, “Stop – bitch!” Actually the red is over-exposed; they aren’t as bright as they look, like they could burn the paint off the side of the neighbor’s house. This task seemed to take forever, welding on a flange for the chassis connector, then wiring it all up, made more awkward since the lamps install from the outside, necessitating secondary connectors.

Very glad to have this done because for some reason, lately things seem like disproportionately-large mental blocks to a feeling of finishing the car. Ever since the great progress over the holidays came to an end, there’s been this malaise because there’s no immediate goal, just a long list of nagging tasks.

Still need to connect the third brake light, and at some point wire
in the brake-blinker thingy, but they aren’t on the Nag List.