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    Order of assembly.. Tight Space

    Tonight should see my body shell fully colour sanded so I'm ready to start putting this car back together, I have seen and digested the order of assembly post from Duncan but I have issues with space. Biggest issue is width, I really cannot open either of the doors fully so the plan is to fit the bonnet and boot to save floor space (obviously the bonnet will need to come off again when the engine goes in) The door shells can go into the attic for now, I have a walk in attic , just need to walk them in secretly as SWMBO gets nervous when I run up and down our stairs with car parts!

    I was planning to get it on its wheels first but am rethinking that, as its on a dolly at the moment and I can push it around and side to side easily for access both sides so I was going to go this order,
    anyone see problems?

    Bonnet, Boot, bonnet release cable.
    Windscreen, trim then windscreen
    Bulkhead insulation inside and out.
    Pedal box and servo
    All wiring looms.
    wiper motor and gears.
    Handbrake,
    carpets
    Rear cubbies, B Post trim. (seat belts?)
    Heater
    Dash, instruments console. but no steering wheel yet.
    Sill covers, B post covers, windscreen capping, rear chrome trim, rear bumper. (no front trim/bumpers/lights until engine is in)
    T bar with trim.

    I can also do things like rear lights, marker lights, fuel tank pump and filler, finish and trim the boot.

    That should keep me busy for a couple of months.. Then I can think about putting it on its suspension which will free space for the seat re-trimming.

    Terry





    Terry Hunt, Wilmington Delaware

    www.terryhunt.co.uk

    #2
    The first thing i would do is fit all wiring looms, you say its on a dolly is that a spit ,get the fuel and brake lines in, then get it mobile,fit the supension and wheels,put the car on skates then its still mobile

    hope that helps Dave
    73 mk 1/2 now gone to the dark side BLUE

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      #3
      Originally posted by trunt View Post
      The door shells can go into the attic for now, I have a walk in attic , just need to walk them in secretly as SWMBO gets nervous when I run up and down our stairs with car parts!


      Terry
      A word of warning here, be careful what you store in the attic. We live in a bungalow and the access to the vast attic space was thru a large hatch in the attached garage. Obviously fantastic for storing car parts and no need to smuggle them passed the wife just hoist them straight up thru the garage and anywhere in the boarded loft.
      Everything was fine until my wife noticed a small brown stain on the bedroom ceiling, over the course of about a week the stain grew to about 12" dia so that weekend I went up in the loft to investigate.

      NEVER STORE GEARBOXES VERTICALLY EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE DRAINED THEM COMPLETELY

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        #4
        Never done a resto, but I reckon it would be good to include the main brake lines so you can get nice neat runs. Poss also same for fuel line.

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          #5
          Originally posted by alan_thomas View Post


          NEVER STORE GEARBOXES VERTICALLY EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE DRAINED THEM COMPLETELY
          Lol.

          Mine is over the attached garage and the family room, I opened the wall and installed a door in the end of the upstairs hall to access it and closed in the stupid fold down stairs that used to be in the garage, that’s the beauty of these wooden stick built USA houses!

          Car parts are stored over the garage.. just in case! It’s also where the joists are biggest, just as well as Everything except the body shell and engine is up there!

          Terry
          Terry Hunt, Wilmington Delaware

          www.terryhunt.co.uk

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            #6
            Originally posted by new to this View Post
            The first thing i would do is fit all wiring looms, you say its on a dolly is that a spit ,get the fuel and brake lines in, then get it mobile,fit the supension and wheels,put the car on skates then its still mobile

            hope that helps Dave
            its sitting on a wooden frame with castors, and yes the main fuel, and brake lines were run before it came off the spit

            Terry Hunt, Wilmington Delaware

            www.terryhunt.co.uk

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              #7
              I am in the same position as you. Find attached a document on reassembly which I think I downloaded from the forum some time ago.

              Order of Assembly Stag, RHD, Mk1.5, TV8, Manual (Word 97-2003 Doc).doc
              John
              1978 Stag Brooklands Green; 1986 Porsche Carrera SC

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                #8
                I'm not sure if the document can be opened. I resend as a pdf file

                Order of Assembly Stag, RHD, Mk1.5, TV8, Manual (Word 97-2003 Doc).pdf
                John
                1978 Stag Brooklands Green; 1986 Porsche Carrera SC

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                  #9
                  Thanks,

                  Yes I found that and have been through it but not quite the same situation, though some good things in there worth noting..

                  Terry
                  Terry Hunt, Wilmington Delaware

                  www.terryhunt.co.uk

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                    #10
                    When I did mine I cannot think of anything I started and completed without something else, or multiple something else'e, needing started, and not necessarily completed, to allow the original item to proceed.
                    I seem to recall frequently disassembling something considered complete because it was in the way of other work needing done.
                    Then once you are convinced everything is done, the wiring gremlins descend and you have to pull things apart to find a fault.
                    Then come the oil leaks............

                    John.
                    Your wife is right, size matters. 3.9RV8

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                      #11
                      Could I suggest that before you fit anything of weight to the car you do a trial fit of the T bar. Experience suggests as weight is added the T bar fitment get more difficult as the shell flexes, but if yours is an easy fit all well and good.

                      Alan

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