So now that I have my Club Permit all sorted I need to do things like mount the registration plates. Front one first. The plates are longer than the openings so I needed to get creative. I worked out that if I offset the front plate 35mm forward it would sit across the opening nicely.
After looking at bending up some metal brackets I happened upon a piece of timber which was 35mm thick. How fortunate. I cut, drilled and painted the said piece of timber and attached it to the bumper bar.
Last step was to screw on the plate
Now for the rear, which of course was completely different. I made up a couple of steel brackets, and then attached a piece of aluminium square channel to support the plate. Once it was all drilled I gave it a squirt of black paint.
I mounted the plate and screwed it to the rear bumper.
The turn signals have been operating a bit randomly so I decided to pull them apart and have a look. I cleaned it all up and put it back together. Happy to report that they now seem to have lost their randomness and have settled down.
The rear windows are way out of alignment and weren’t even touching the door seal at the top. I spent 3 or 4 hours adjusting the rear windows as well as the front LH door and frame. For the first 2 hours I felt like I was getting nowhere, however it then started to come together. By the end, it turned out OK – still not perfect, but a whole lot better.
Cream on the Cake!
After a day spent sorting these things out I took the car out to fill the gas tank and take it for a 10 mile drive. It actually drives pretty good. The brakes pull to the right a bit, but the shoes are all new so I will wait and see how they settle in.
The engine does seem to have a slight miss in it. 😦 I have been going over in my mind all the things it could be from a sticky valve, fouled plug or a broken ring. I mentioned it to the guys at Bentleigh Garage when I picked it up and they told me to go and drive it and see what happens (probably good advice).
Tonight I took it for a longer drive, and the miss seemed to become less obvious. I might pull the plugs and see if they tell me anything, but meanwhile I will put some miles on it and see what happens.
There are still plenty of things to do, however it is great that I can at least drive it.