Dutton Kit Cars and their owners
Yes, we've got about about 37 minutes of daylight each day up here at the moment, it's piss-cold and miserable, and that's before the kind of floods that make fitting an outboard to the back of the Phaeton a realistic proposition. But hey, there's a local club organising an Autotest on Sunday, and there's nothing like a freezing wet Autotest in a kit car to finally shift a lingering hogmanay hangover.
So, here we go again.
Following on from the last effort where the cooling fan packed in early doors and we had to watch the temperatures, I've removed the fooked Pacet 10" fan and fitted two 8" chinese cheapies from eBay. Let's hope they go the distance.
I also decided to fit an over-ride switch, as I know that the temp switch is knackered and I've not bought a new one yet. However, as I didn't have a wiring diagram or a multimeter to hand to correctly identify the relay pins I'd need to attach the switch to, I decided just to shove two wires into the fan switch plug and implement the switch this way. But, given that this is a bodge, I decided to do the rest of the job properly. I made up a nice twisted pair from spare wire, loomed them in and fed them through the bulkhead grommet. 10 / 10 for buggeration factor.
So, with the wiring complete, I looked for a place to attach the switch. Not wanting to drill a hole in my nice stainless dash, I looked for a spot on the right side of the tub. In doing so, I spotted a little black plastic rocker switch already attached in this position. One I'd not spotted before. What to do? Yep, give it a flick. Any guesses what happened? Yep. The fans came on.
Anyway, this saved me the last 5% of the job... ha ha! So, got a few more bits to do. I'm refitting the screen for this one, so I've sourced some 11" wipers and will trim them down as required once fitted. And that should do it. The exhaust can remain held in place by the sliced whiskas can for now, although I will get round to fixing this at some point. And the clutch release bearing will just have to complain away until it disintegrates or I bother replacing it.
Other than that, and the battery needing topped up with electricity, I think it's good to go.
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